Interdisciplinary Studies Centre

European studies

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Undergraduate courses

Our undergraduate curriculum offers study of Europe through an interdisciplinary programme in the humanities and the social sciences. You can build a course that matches your interests by choosing from modules in literature, film, history of art, history, politics and sociology. You can learn none, one or two modern European languages, depending on the course that you choose.

All European studies courses are four years in length and you spend your third year studying abroad.

  • BA European Studies

    You learn to understand the nature of contemporary Europe from an economic, political and sociological perspective. You explore Europe’s history and diverse traditions, as well as the artists, writers, philosophers, musicians, composers and filmmakers whose influences dominate the world around us. Our BA European Studies is the only European studies course where the learning of a language is optional. If you do include a language then you can choose from French, German, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese.


  • BA European Studies with Politics

    This course is ideal for those with a broad interest in Europe who want to focus their studies on politics and international relations. You learn one language and can choose from French, German, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese.


  • BA European Studies with French/German/Italian/Spanish

    These courses are ideal for those with a broad interest in Europe who want to focus their studies on the learning of a language. You learn one language and can choose from French, German, Italian or Spanish.


  • BA European Studies and Modern Languages

    This course is aimed at those with a strong interest in modern languages. You study two languages, with the first being French, German, Portuguese, Italian or Spanish. The second can be another from this list or Russian.


European Studies at the University of Essex

Dr Caspar Pearson, Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Centre, talks about European Studies at the University of Essex.

UG Open Days

Book a place at our undergraduate Open Day. Our department and admissions staff can answer any questions you have, and you can speak to current students about life at Essex while taking a campus tour.

Student Profiles

Student Profiles

Want to know more about European Studies? Our student profiles allow you to hear students and alumni talk about their experiences of our interdisciplinary courses and the world of possibility they open up.

Employability

Employability

An interdisciplinary degree gives you the flexibility to build a course that matches your career goals. We give you the skills and experience that employers want and our graduates have entered a wide variety of fields.

Graduate profiles

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Our graduates acquire an exceptionally diverse range of skills during their time at Essex and have entered a wide variety of industries. Their stories demonstrate the versatility of an interdisciplinary qualification.