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BA European Studies – University of Reading

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BA European Studies R800 (3 years)

If you are interested in discovering Europe's extraordinarily rich and diverse culture, its global impact, or its history, institutions, economy and contemporary challenges, then this course is for you.

Course Overview

BA European Studies is an interdisciplinary degree that covers European history, politics, law, economy, literature and culture. If you are interested in discovering Europe's extraordinarily rich and diverse culture, its global impact, or its history, institutions, economy and contemporary challenges then this is the programme for you.

This particular course focuses purely on European Studies, but it is possible to include a language and the opportunity to study or work in another European country. For a truly comprehensive study experience, you can complement your chosen course with one of our specially designed modules in entrepreneurship.

Department of Modern Languages and European Studies

The Department of Modern Languages and European Studies is based within the School of Literature and Languages at the University of Reading. The department is made up of four distinct areas of study; French Studies, Italian Studies, German Studies and European Studies. However there is more to us than studying a language. Within the department we combine the study of modern languages with history, politics, and culture, giving our undergraduates the opportunities to not only expand their knowledge of a modern language, but to also learn about the country and culture surrounding that language. Our undergraduate courses offer huge flexibility in their combinations within the department and in the wider university landscape. There are opportunities throughout to take part in work placements and study abroad.

Career prospects

According to the latest data, 90 per cent of graduates in European Studies went on to work and/or study within six months of graduating (DLHE, 2012). Graduates have gone into a wide range of careers from marketing, journalism and teaching to the diplomatic and civil services, including the EU civil service. Recent graduates from European Studies have gone on to work for:

  • the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (News Team Director)
  • Welsh Assembly Government (Team Support)
  • Rexel in France (Assistant Executive)
  • EKKE in Greece (Research Officer).

Others go on to postgraduate study at MA and PhD level at Reading and elsewhere.

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2015 entry requirements

Typical offer

BBB/ABC from three A levels.

International Baccalaureate

30 points overall

Other information

Deferred entry available.

2014 entry requirements

Typical offer

BBB/ABC from three A levels.

International Baccalaureate

30 points overall

Other information

Deferred entry available.

Fees & costs

Course feesMore information about course fees

The fee you pay is dependent on the course you are taking, whether you take the course full-time or part-time, and whether or not you are coming from outside the EU.

Living costsMore information about living costs

At least £180 per week, but varies depending on lifestyle.

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