Our BA European Studies with Politics offers you a wide-ranging knowledge of all aspects of European life, culture and politics, including detailed acquaintance with the country where you spend a full academic year.
European studies is an interdisciplinary subject that touches on a wide range of topics across the humanities and social sciences. Here at Essex, our teaching and research in European studies offers maximum flexibility for you to study areas that interest you. Our teaching and research builds on a foundation of expertise in modern languages, literature, film, history of art, history, politics and sociology, with experienced staff in all disciplines.
Switch on the news any day of the week, or pick up just about any national newspaper, and you will be sure to come across an item on Europe. Media coverage of the news coming from continental Europe demonstrates the fact that few of us fully understand the idea and ramifications of a unified Europe. An understanding of the nature of Europe requires an examination of its economic, legal and sociological context. Its historical origins are also profoundly important. The artists, writers, musicians, composers and film-makers of Europe have exerted a cultural influence that even now is not eclipsed by the dominance of America on the worlds stage. Yet how many people are equipped to contribute to the process of defining Europe, of shaping the turbulent and recent history which underpins the radical changes in our everyday lives?
The study of Europe encourages rational discussion of the move towards a common European identity and a deeper appreciation of the diverse traditions and people who are all Europeans. Through a course in European studies, you will acquire the knowledge, skills and experience to make an active contribution to one of the most important political and cultural processes of the century. Sociology is the study of the different kinds of social tensions, interactions and networks that make up everyday life. It asks why individuals, groups, cultures and peoples are the way they are and how they might be different.
Our students have access to all our Colchester Campus facilities for learning and research, such as computing laboratories and our Albert Sloman Library, which has strong holdings that, in the subjects of Latin America, Russia and Eastern Europe, are of national significance.
The third year of your course is spent at one of our ERASMUS partner universities where you will follow modules related to your course at Essex. The years work provides an unparalleled experience of life in another country. As you do not need to be studying a language on BA European Studies, your year abroad options include: Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Malta and Stockholm.
The special characteristics of our courses are flexibility and choice. In your first year, you usually take four or five modules that include pre-requisite(s) for your course but, in many cases, mean you can try subjects you have not come across before. If you are taking a humanities or social science, then you have the greatest choice, as most of our first-year modules do not assume any specialist knowledge.
With a small number of exceptions, if you successfully complete the first year of your BA, then you are qualified to enter the second year of that course and a range of other courses: for example, if you take economics, politics, philosophy and sociology, then you have a choice of at least nine possible single or joint honours courses at the end of your first year. This means you can change your course, providing you have taken the appropriate pre-requisites and places are available. We offer a range of optional modules in your second- and final-years and most courses allow you to undertake a final-year project, an individual piece of research on a topic that interests you.
We operate a credit framework for our awards, which is based on principles widely used across the UK university sector. Each module has a credit rating attached and our standard three-year course consists of 360 credits (120 credits in your first year, and 240 credits across your second and final years).
Please note that module information on our course finder provides a guide to course content and may be subject to review on an annual basis.
Europe: Myth and Idea;and
Introduction to European Politics ;and
One language option; and
One European option OR one outside option OR second intensive language option
One language option;
two European options (one to exclude politics options); and
either: West European Politics or International Relations
One language option;
one European politics option;
one European option; and
project in politics or one politics option
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Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
IELTS band : 6
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English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall with minimum 5.5 in each component (or equivalent). Different requirements apply for second year entry.
No work experience is required.
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
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