University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

European Politics and Society

The course critically assesses key theories and concepts in looking at Europe, such as ideas of modernisation, social cohesion, identity and whether or not Europe can be studied as a series of types of societies or as one society; students are encouraged to think about relevant contemporary issues such as population decline and xenophobia; the course looks at some of the main social divisions and social relationships in Europe using a range of contemporary sources; it is therefore a timely and appropriate way to provide an overview of European developments through the study of key concepts and issues; it provides students with an up-to-date knowledge of these developments, the tools and concepts for analysing them, and introduces them to the new frontiers of knowledge in these developments.

Entry requirements

Upper 2nd Honours degree in relevant subject; in exceptional circumstances applicants without this qualification may be admitted subject to having an alternative qualification, or an approved level of appropriate work experience. The English Language requirement for all College of Arts and Social Sciences Masters programmes is an IELTS of 6.5 with 6.0 in the writing and reading (or equivalent TOEFL iBT or PTE).

Course modules

Semester 1: Advanced social theory; social research methods. Semester 2: Comparative study of European societies; elective option. Summer session: Dissertation.

Assessment methods

Examination is exclusively by means of course work and continuous assessment; students are permitted 1 resubmission of failed work but no resubmission of the dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 12 months
MSc Part-time - 24 months
PgCert Full-time - 6 months
Full-time - 9 months
Part-time - 18 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

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Postgraduate Secretary
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01224 272762