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  • Objectives
    The programme studies the political and economic dimensions of Europe from a multidisciplinary perspective. It provides students with a thorough knowledge of the political, economic and cultural dimensions of the EU and its place in the wider international context, a good grasp of tropical problems, developments and the current theoretical debates that surround the internal and external relations of the region. With their choice of options students are able to specialise in one of the two dimensions of the programme: political and economic.
  • Entry requirements
    Admission requirements Entrants to this programme are normally required to have obtained: 2:1 BA/BSc Hons Degree or equivalent. Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.
  • Academic Title
    MA European Studies
  • Course description
    Transferable skills
    The programme will develop students’ bibliographical skills by requiring them to
    compile bibliographies for their essays and dissertation. It will encourage students
    to develop their IT skills, by the use of a range of electronic databases and WWW
    resources in their research for essays and dissertation. It will enhance their
    presentational skills by making them present seminar papers to a group of students.
    The dissertation element will develop students’ research skills and personal
    initiative as well as training them in structuring and summarising complex subject
    matter and in evaluating and presenting their own thoughts on a subject in a
    coherent and precise manner.

    Programme content
    The MA in European Studies combines taught courses with independent research.
    The programme consists of 180 credits; a taught element (120 credits) and a
    dissertation (60 credits). Students must take the core taught module, Political
    Integration in Europe, which runs for two terms (Autumn and Spring). In addition,
    students choose option modules totalling 90 credits from the list below, which run
    concurrently with the core module. Students may take up to 40 credits in another
    MA programme subject to the approval of the Director of GIPIS. The students’
    dissertation is planned in consultation with their supervisor and is submitted for
    assessment in September following completion of the core module and the optional
    modules.


    Compulsory Modules

    -Political Integration in Europe 30 M
    -Dissertation 60 M

    Option Modules (subject to availability in any given year)

    -International Relations of the Mediterranean 30 M
    -European Union Constitutional Law 30 M
    -Economic Development in Emerging Markets 20 M
    -Economic Integration in Europe I 20 M
    -Economic Integration in Europe II 20 M
    -The EU as a Global Actor 30 M
    -Comparative Management 20 M
    -The Politics of the Monetary Union 30 M
    -EU Single Market Law 30 M

    Part-time/Modular arrangements
    The programme can be followed on a part-time basis over 24 months or on a parttime
    modular basis over 72 months.


    Summary of teaching and assessment
    The programme is taught primarily through seminars with student presentations and
    structured discussion, with lectures where appropriate. Other teaching provision
    includes: individual tutorials, training sessions in the library and an optional study
    visit to the institutions of the European Union.

    The core and option modules are assessed by course work and examination. Failed
    coursework has to be re-submitted at the latest by 1st September the same year. If
    the examination is failed it has to be re-sat in September the same year. A failed
    dissertation has to be re-submitted within 12 months.

    For Masters Degrees
    To pass the MA students must gain an average mark of 50 or more overall including
    a mark of 50 or more for the dissertation and have no mark below 40 in any module.
    The total credit value of all modules marked below 50 must not exceed 55 credits.
    Students who gain an average mark of 70 or more overall including a mark of 60 or
    more for the dissertation and have no mark below 50 will be eligible for a
    Distinction. Those gaining an average mark of 60 or more overall including a mark
    of 50 or more for the dissertation and have no mark below 50 will be awarded
    eligible for a Merit.

    For PG Diplomas
    To pass the Postgraduate Diploma students must gain an average mark of 50 or
    more and have no mark below 40 in any module. In addition the total credit value
    of all modules marked below 50 must be less than 60 credits.
    Students who gain an average mark of 70 or more and have no mark below 50 will
    be eligible for the award of a Distinction. Those gaining an average mark of 60 or
    more and have no mark below 50 will be awarded eligible for a Merit.

    For PG Certificate
    To pass the Postgraduate Certificate students must gain an average mark of 50 or
    more and have no mark below 40 in any module.

    Support for students and their learning
    University support for students and their learning falls into two categories.
    Learning support includes IT Services, which has several hundred computers and
    the University Library, which across its three sites holds over a million volumes,
    subscribes to around 4,000 current periodicals, has a range of electronic sources of
    information and houses the Student Access to Independent Learning (S@IL)
    computer-based teaching and learning facilities. There are language laboratory
    facilities both for those students studying on a language degree and for those taking
    modules offered by the Institution-wide Language Programme. Student guidance
    and welfare support is provided by Programme Directors, the Careers Advisory
    Service, the University’s Special Needs Advisor, Study Advisors, Hall Wardens and
    the Students’ Union.

    Students meet with their Director of Studies once a term to assess their progress. A
    formative essay is written by students at the beginning of the Autumn term. This
    essay does not contribute to the students’ degree but enables their Director of
    Studies to spot any academic difficulties at an early stage and to agree with the
    student concerned appropriate strategies to resolve them.

    Career prospects
    Students with an MA in European Studies can find work, for example:
    • in the diplomatic service,
    • in EU institutions,
    • in Non-Governmental Organisations,
    • in Research Institutes,
    • in Journalism for print media, radio and TV.

    The emphasis in the programme on analytical abilities, the summarising and
    presentation of complex arguments and empirical evidence mean that students may
    go on to pursue careers in a wide range of fields such as teaching, marketing, IT,
    civil service, and local government. A number of students go on to further postgraduate
    studies at PhD level, both at The University of Reading and elsewhere.

    Opportunities for study abroad or for placements
    The programme allows for formal exchanges with the Université Libre de Bruxelles
    and with Charles University, Prague.

    Educational aims of the programme

    To provide a detailed and challenging introduction to the politics of the European
    Union.
    To enable students to understand the debates surrounding the political integration of
    the European Union.
    To enable students to understand the debates surrounding how integration in the
    European Union has altered its relations with the wider international society.
    Using a range of theoretical approaches to enable students to develop an
    understanding of the complexity of the above issues.
    To provide the analytical and intellectual basis for further academic research on the
    region or for careers that require a thorough understanding of the politics of the
    European Union.
    To develop further students’ critical and analytical skills through their engagement
    with a range of challenging theoretical and empirical literature and to demonstrate
    these in essays, presentations and examinations.

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