Introduction

This programme is studied on campus.

At a time when the UK finds itself at a turning point with the rest of Europe, the MA in European Studies and Modern Languages develops an in-depth understanding of European politics, societies and cultures in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It includes training in up to two languages as well as a year abroad in relevant partner institutions.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MA
Duration
48 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month
September
UCAS Code
RR98

What You'll Study

Year 1

Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Academic Writing for Language & Literature (AW1008)

This compulsory evaluation is designed to find out if your academic writing is of a sufficient standard to enable you to succeed at university and, if you need it, to provide support to improve. It is completed on-line via MyAberdeen with clear instructions to guide you through it. If you pass the evaluation at the first assessment it will not take much of your time. If you do not, you will be provided with resources to help you improve. This evaluation does not carry credits but if you do not complete it this will be recorded on your degree transcript.

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Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

This course, which is prescribed for level 1 students and optional for level 2 students, is studied entirely online and covers topics relating to careers and employability, equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing. During the course you will learn about the Aberdeen Graduate Attributes, how they are relevant to you and the opportunities available to develop your skills and attributes alongside your University studies. You will also gain an understanding of equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing issues. Successful completion of this course will be recorded on your Enhanced Transcript as ‘Achieved’ (non-completion will be recorded as ‘Not Achieved’). The course takes approximately 3 hours to complete and can be taken in one sitting, or spread across a number of weeks and it will be available to you throughout the academic year.This course, which is prescribed for level 1 students and optional for level 2 students and above, is studied entirely online and covers topics relating to careers and employability, equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing. During the course you will learn about the Aberdeen Graduate Attributes, how they are relevant to you and the opportunities available to develop your skills and attributes alongside your University studies. You will also gain an understanding of equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing issues. Successful completion of this course will be recorded on your Enhanced Transcript as ‘Achieved’ (non-completion will be recorded as ‘Not Achieved’). The course takes approximately 3 hours to complete and can be taken in one sitting, or spread across a number of weeks and it will be available to you throughout the academic year

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Europe in the Twentieth Century (HI1022) - 15 Credit Points

A comprehensive treatment of this enormous subject is obviously impracticable in an introductory course within the space of one semester, so we aim to highlight a selection of six key political, economic, social and other themes. The selection varies from year to year, but is likely to include the rise of Bolshevism, reconstruction and European integration after WW2, and the Cold War. The twice-weekly lectures introduce the topics, while the eight tutorial meetings emphasise the development of practical transferable research and presentation skills as well as the building of historical knowledge. Download course guide.

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Optional Courses

  • Plus either 30 or 60 credit points from the following French, Gaelic, German or Spanish Language courses.
  • Students taking one language take 30 credits. Students taking two languages take 60 credits, equally split between the two languages.
  • The appropriate Language courses will be determined by a diagnostic test or entry qualifications.

Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Why Study European Studies and Modern Languages?

  • Language competency in two European languages, with options to start from beginners’ level (other European Studies programmes offer the chance to study only one language).
  • An in-depth understanding of European politics, societies and cultures in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including key topics such as migration, xenophobia, nationalism, family and population change.
  • Interdisciplinary training with a range of flexible options, including courses on culture, literature, history and politics (Aberdeen has one of the most flexible degree programmes in the UK).
  • Targeted and personalised support within smaller cohorts compared to other, much larger programmes.
  • Graduates of the programme go on to top European Institutions which can launch them into future diplomatic, European or academic careers (e.g. The College of Europe, the Diplomatic Academy Vienna and The European University Institute Florence).

Entry Requirements

You will find all the information you require about entry requirements on our dedicated 'Entry Requirements' page. You can also find out about the different types of degrees, changing your subject, offers and advanced entry.

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

SQA Highers - AABB
A Levels - BBB
IB - 32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL
ILC - 5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)

Further detailed entry requirements for Arts and Social Sciences degrees.

English Language Requirements

To study for a degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

Fee Waiver

For international students (all non-EU students) entering in 2017/18, the 2017/18 tuition fee rate will apply to all years of study; however, most international students will be eligible for a fee waiver in their final year via the International Undergraduate Scholarship.

Most RUK students (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) on a four year honours degree will be eligible for a full-fees waiver in their final year. Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU £1,820
All Students
International Students £14,600
Students Admitted in 2018/19 Academic Year
RUK £9,250
Students Admitted in 2018/19 Academic Year

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Careers

As a European Studies and Modern Languages graduate, you will have gained a range of transferable skills during your studies including skills in research, written and oral presentation, communication and presenting arguments – as well as your language skills.

Our graduates work in a range of areas including education, archives, politics, government services, journalism, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and European Union bodies, with some starting their own business.

 

Our recent Modern Languages graduates have gone on to a variety of careers, including:

  • Assistant Gaelic Development Officer
  • Client Account Manager
  • EU Policy and Events Stagiaire
  • HR Administrator
  • Intern
  • Project Assistant

Recent Modern Languages graduate employers have included:

  • Bank of Scotland
  • KPMG
  • Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
  • Scotland Europa
  • University of Aberdeen

Our Experts

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Unistats

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Get in Touch

Contact Details

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Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
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