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Our European Studies MA course will give you a detailed understanding of the politics, history, economy and societies of Europe. As a full-time student, you may also take either a French or German pathway, which offers you the opportunity to complete a master's degree within a year while taking modules abroad.

Key benefits

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the major interests, institutions and ideas that shape the politics, economics and societies of Europe.
  • Study Europe from a variety of perspectives in an interdisciplinary programme hosted by an interdisciplinary department.
  • Study at a world-class institution, ranked 15th in the world, and 5th in Europe, for politics and international relations by the 2020 QS World University Rankings.
  • Learn from world-leading scholars who contributed greatly to King's College London being ranked first in the United Kingdom for research power in the field of politics and international relations in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
  • If you are on the French or German pathways, this MA offers you the chance to spend your second semester in a prestigious institution in France or Germany. Our current partners are the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris and the Humboldt Universitat in Berlin.

Through this course, we offer you an in-depth analysis of major scholarly debates in history, politics, political thought, political economy and international relations of Europe, both within and beyond the European Union. You will study a range of approaches to the topic on one of the two required modules and then choose from a wide range of specialist modules covering specific regions or issues relating to contemporary Europe, such as EU foreign policy, immigration, economic governance, law, political economy, lobbying and policy making, nationalism and the EU, Russia, the EU and Asia. If you choose the General Pathway, you will spend your whole time with us. If you choose either the French or German Pathway, you will spend your second semester abroad. The overseas institutions will provide a wide range of modules allowing you to further deepen your knowledge of both European and host country institutions, politics and policies. The course is ideally suited for anyone with a degree in European Studies, Politics, International Relations or International Political Economy. We also welcome graduates from other disciplines in the Humanities, the Social Sciences and Law, as well as those from a professional background. This course is primarily taught at the King's College London Strand Campus.  Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary.  

Base campus

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Special features

Optional study abroad

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Full-time students will typically have six-to-eight hours per week of teaching per 10-week term, as well as 32-34 hours of self-study per week.

Full-time study

Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study
6-8 hours per week 32-34 hours per week

 

Part-time study

Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study
2-4 hours per week 17 hours per week

 

Part-time students will have from two to four hours per week of teaching, as well as 17 hours of self-study. As a part-time student you are required to take either the European Union module or the European Identities module in Year 1. In Year 2 you will take the 15 credits Research Design and Methods module and the 60 credit Dissertation. module in Year 2

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Dissertation

You are typically assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations. The majority of European and International Studies modules are assessed by coursework rather than a final unseen written examination, although optional modules may differ. The dissertation module is assessed by a 10,000 word essay.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take:

European Union: History, Institutions, Politics (15 credits)

or

European Identities and the EU

plus

Research Design (15 credits)
Dissertation (60 Credits)

Optional modules

In addition, full-time students are required to take the following credits from a range of optional modules from your selected pathway: General Pathway: you are required to take 90 credits of optional modules at King’s. French Pathway: you are required to take 30 credits of optional modules at King’s in the first semester, and the equivalent of 60 credits at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris that focus on Modern European politics, history and international relations in the second semester. German Pathway: you are required to take 30 credits of optional modules at King’s in the first semester, and the equivalent of 60 credits at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin that focus on Modern European politics, history and international relations in the second semester. Part-time students can only follow the General Pathway which means they study at King’s College for the full -year.

The range of optional modules at King's may typically include:

Foreign Policies of the European Union (15 credits)
European Union: History, Institutions, Politics (15 credits)
Research Methods for Social Sciences (15 credits)
The European Union and Global Capitalism
The Political Economy of the Financial Crisis
The Political Economy of Development
The Political Economy of International Migration (15 credits)
Global Politics: Transatlantic, Transpacific and Eurasia
Lobbying & Policy Making in the EU (15 credits)
International Political Economy of Energy Markets (15 credits)
The Political Economy Of Europe: Political Science Perspectives
Global Governance And International Organisations
Comparative Capitalism: Eastern and Western Models
The Politics of Economic Inequality
Lived Democracy
Postcolonial Political Economy (15 credits)
Multinational Corporations and Global Supply Chains (15 credits)
Liberty, Equality and Justice: Political Theory and Public Policy (15 credits) [Political Economy]
Media, Elections and Campaigning (15 credits) [Political Economy]
From Blair to Brexit: Britain since 1997 (15 credits) [Political Economy]
Gender Politics and Public Policy (15 credits)
London: History and Governance (15 credits) [Political Economy]
Britain & Europe Since 1945
Ethics and Public Policy (15 credits) [Political Economy]
Institutions and Economic Development (15 credits) [Political Economy]
Theories of Politics (15 credits) [Political Economy]
Anglo-American Relations Since 1945 (15 credits) [Political Economy]
China and Global Governance (15 credits) [Lau China Institute]
Contemporary Russian Politics and Policy (30 credits) [King’s Russia Institute]
Politics of Energy Security in Eurasia (15-credits) [King's Russia institute]
Russia and the European Union (15 credits) [King's Russia Institute]
Clandestine side of Globalisation: Organised Crime, Terrorism and Corruption (15 credits) [King’s Russia Institute]

Students may also take a non-assessed 15 credit language module from King's Language Centre, King’s College.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Recent graduates from our department have gone on to prestigious positions, including in UK government departments such as the Foreign Office, Department for International Development, Department for International Trade, and the Treasury; global governance bodies such as the World Bank, United Nations, the World Federation of Exchanges, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the African Development Bank and the International Telecommunication Union; NATO, major business media organisations such as Argus and Bloomberg, major financial institutions such as Citi, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and HSBC; research and consultancy firms such as McKinsey & Co, Ipsos and the Boston Consulting Group; and lobbying groups within the European Union and beyond.

Overall our graduates have embarked on highly successful careers in the public, private and third sectors in the United Kingdom, the European continent, as well as in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

Postgraduate students on the MA European Studies course who choose to study abroad for the second semester at Sciences Po, Paris, or the Humboldt in Berlin do not pay tuition fees to the host university. Instead, they will only be required to pay King's set fee for the Masters. 

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

Funding

Through this course, we offer you an in-depth analysis of major scholarly debates in history, politics, political thought, political economy and international relations of Europe, both within and beyond the European Union. You will study a range of approaches to the topic on one of the two required modules and then choose from a wide range of specialist modules covering specific regions or issues relating to contemporary Europe, such as EU foreign policy, immigration, economic governance, law, political economy, lobbying and policy making, nationalism and the EU, Russia, the EU and Asia. If you choose the General Pathway, you will spend your whole time with us. If you choose either the French or German Pathway, you will spend your second semester abroad. The overseas institutions will provide a wide range of modules allowing you to further deepen your knowledge of both European and host country institutions, politics and policies. The course is ideally suited for anyone with a degree in European Studies, Politics, International Relations or International Political Economy. We also welcome graduates from other disciplines in the Humanities, the Social Sciences and Law, as well as those from a professional background. This course is primarily taught at the King's College London Strand Campus.  Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary.  

Base campus

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Special features

Optional study abroad

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Loading...

Teaching methods - what to expect

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Full-time students will typically have six-to-eight hours per week of teaching per 10-week term, as well as 32-34 hours of self-study per week.

Full-time study

Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study
6-8 hours per week 32-34 hours per week

 

Part-time study

Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study
2-4 hours per week 17 hours per week

 

Part-time students will have from two to four hours per week of teaching, as well as 17 hours of self-study. As a part-time student you are required to take either the European Union module or the European Identities module in Year 1. In Year 2 you will take the 15 credits Research Design and Methods module and the 60 credit Dissertation. module in Year 2

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Dissertation

You are typically assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations. The majority of European and International Studies modules are assessed by coursework rather than a final unseen written examination, although optional modules may differ. The dissertation module is assessed by a 10,000 word essay.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take:

European Union: History, Institutions, Politics (15 credits)

or

European Identities and the EU

plus

Research Design (15 credits)
Dissertation (60 Credits)

Optional modules

In addition, full-time students are required to take the following credits from a range of optional modules from your selected pathway: General Pathway: you are required to take 90 credits of optional modules at King’s. French Pathway: you are required to take 30 credits of optional modules at King’s in the first semester, and the equivalent of 60 credits at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris that focus on Modern European politics, history and international relations in the second semester. German Pathway: you are required to take 30 credits of optional modules at King’s in the first semester, and the equivalent of 60 credits at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin that focus on Modern European politics, history and international relations in the second semester. Part-time students can only follow the General Pathway which means they study at King’s College for the full -year.

The range of optional modules at King's may typically include:

Foreign Policies of the European Union (15 credits)
European Union: History, Institutions, Politics (15 credits)
Research Methods for Social Sciences (15 credits)
The European Union and Global Capitalism
The Political Economy of the Financial Crisis
The Political Economy of Development
The Political Economy of International Migration (15 credits)
Global Politics: Transatlantic, Transpacific and Eurasia
Lobbying & Policy Making in the EU (15 credits)
International Political Economy of Energy Markets (15 credits)
The Political Economy Of Europe: Political Science Perspectives
Global Governance And International Organisations
Comparative Capitalism: Eastern and Western Models
The Politics of Economic Inequality
Lived Democracy
Postcolonial Political Economy (15 credits)
Multinational Corporations and Global Supply Chains (15 credits)
Liberty, Equality and Justice: Political Theory and Public Policy (15 credits) [Political Economy]
Media, Elections and Campaigning (15 credits) [Political Economy]
From Blair to Brexit: Britain since 1997 (15 credits) [Political Economy]
Gender Politics and Public Policy (15 credits)
London: History and Governance (15 credits) [Political Economy]
Britain & Europe Since 1945
Ethics and Public Policy (15 credits) [Political Economy]
Institutions and Economic Development (15 credits) [Political Economy]
Theories of Politics (15 credits) [Political Economy]
Anglo-American Relations Since 1945 (15 credits) [Political Economy]
China and Global Governance (15 credits) [Lau China Institute]
Contemporary Russian Politics and Policy (30 credits) [King’s Russia Institute]
Politics of Energy Security in Eurasia (15-credits) [King's Russia institute]
Russia and the European Union (15 credits) [King's Russia Institute]
Clandestine side of Globalisation: Organised Crime, Terrorism and Corruption (15 credits) [King’s Russia Institute]

Students may also take a non-assessed 15 credit language module from King's Language Centre, King’s College.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Recent graduates from our department have gone on to prestigious positions, including in UK government departments such as the Foreign Office, Department for International Development, Department for International Trade, and the Treasury; global governance bodies such as the World Bank, United Nations, the World Federation of Exchanges, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the African Development Bank and the International Telecommunication Union; NATO, major business media organisations such as Argus and Bloomberg, major financial institutions such as Citi, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and HSBC; research and consultancy firms such as McKinsey & Co, Ipsos and the Boston Consulting Group; and lobbying groups within the European Union and beyond.

Overall our graduates have embarked on highly successful careers in the public, private and third sectors in the United Kingdom, the European continent, as well as in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

Postgraduate students on the MA European Studies course who choose to study abroad for the second semester at Sciences Po, Paris, or the Humboldt in Berlin do not pay tuition fees to the host university. Instead, they will only be required to pay King's set fee for the Masters. 

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

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