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Master's Programme in European Studies, Humanities Track

Master’s programme
2 years
120 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
-
Application code
GU-1A76C
Tuition
Full education cost: 174 000 SEK
First payment: 43 500 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

More information about tuition fees

Application opens 15 March 2021

Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
-
Application code
GU-6A76F
Tuition
Full education cost: 174 000 SEK
First payment: 43 500 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

More information about tuition fees


Summary

The humanities track of the master’s programme in European Studies discusses Europe as a political project, with a historic, and contemporary critical, gaze. From a common climate agenda, to Brexit, to a wavering euro, to growing national and xenophobic movements, Europe as a political project is confronting some of its most decisive challenges. As a student of the programme, you will develop critical tools and engage in key scientific debates for understanding Europe as an idea, its cultural heritage, and organization of power.

Other specializations

About

As a student of the programme, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary milieu in close collaboration with the Centre for European Research at Gothenburg University. We offer you a unique possibility to combine historic and theoretical knowledge with contemporary social and political perspectives on today’s challenges in Europe. The humanities track is a collaboration between the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Social Sciences, and teachers from history, history of ideas, political science, history of economy, sociology, and theory of science contribute to our teaching. You will have access to a wide range of mentors involved in a diversity of research areas.

Focus on your personal interests

You will explore a broad range of topics, including political, historical, ideational, cultural, economic, and social aspects of contemporary Europe. One semester is dedicated to your choice of an internship or elective courses. An internship allows you the opportunity to put the theoretical knowledge you acquire during the programme into practice, and we have a history of students pursuing successful internships at major European Union institutions, the United Nations, foreign ministries, and other public and private organizations and companies. If you want to deepen your focus in academia, you may alternatively choose elective courses. Lastly, we offer four methods specializations that you can choose from according to your ambitions.

International collaboration

We collaborate with universities around the world, for example the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the United States, Fudan University in Shanghai, Charles University in Prague, Sciences Po in Paris, and Konstanz University in Germany.

Why choose the humanities track?

In the humanities track, we aim to provide you with the critical tools and key scientific debates for understanding Europe as an idea, its cultural heritage, and organization of power. We scrutinize, among other things, nationalism, globalization, international relations, heritage practices, and identity politics, from the point of view of European history and thought. You will develop your skills in critical analysis, textual interpretation, analysing cultural practices, and elaborating your own arguments concerning European politics and culture.

Programme structure and content

The first semester of the humanities track consists of three mandatory courses: European Heritage and Identity, European Borderland, Political and Public Spheres and Spaces in European History and Culture.

In the second semester, you can choose elective courses in Sweden or abroad, or do an internship for a half or full semester.

In the third semester, you choose one of the following semi-elective courses: Social Europe, European Environment, Europe in the World. Then, you choose among the following four methods courses: Applied Statistical Analysis, Applied Qualitative Research Methods, Applied Qualitative Research Methods, Problems and Design, Introduction to Applied Research Design and Quantitative Research Methods for Social Scientists.

The last semester is dedicated to your master’s thesis, with seminars and peer review to assist you, along with individual supervision.

Who should apply?

If you want to gain understanding of
Europe as an idea, its cultural heritage, and organization of power, and want
to pursue a career in the European political or sociocultural field, then apply
for the humanities track of the master’s programme in European Studies.

Prerequisites and selection

Requirements

A Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of 90 credits in consecutive courses in a humanities discipline such as Cultural Sciences, History, History of Ideas, Philosophy, Religious Studies or equivalent, or 90 credits in consecutive courses in a social science discipline such as Business Administration, Economic Geography, Economic History, Economics, European Studies, Human Geography, International Relations, Media and Communication, Social Work, Sociology, Political Science, Public Administration or equivalent. Students at the Law Programme are also eligible to apply to the Master's Programme, after three years 180 credits equivalent of a bachelor degree. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Special instructions for application

For more information about the entrance requirements and selection criteria, follow the link below. Please note that your application should include a CV and a Statement of Intent. For requirements on these documents, see the link.

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Selection

The selection is based on the submitted Statement of intent and CV. Please use the assigned form. Statement of intent and CV shall be uploaded on www.universityadmissions.se no later than February 1 (if you apply in the first admission round) and May 4 (if you apply in the second admission round).

Priority will be given to applicants with 60 credits in European Studies.

After graduation

Graduates of the programme receive the degree Master of Science in European Studies. You will be prepared to pursue a career within the European administration, as a political or social analysist, or an investigator within the cultural sector. You will have a solid foundation for careers within cultural administration, independent cultural organizations, NGOs, and international administrations such as the United Nations and within the European Union.

Exchange opportunities

In addition to personal development and an increased understanding of the outside world, studying abroad gives you a sharper resume with international experience. Students who have studied abroad have and continue to develop characteristics such as adaptability, the ability of initiative and ability to handle unexpected situations. In addition, you improve your language skills and gain an international network of friends for life!

During your studies, you have the opportunity to study one or two semesters abroad. We co-operate with universities in countries such as the Netherlands, the USA and South Korea. Start planning your exchange studies early so you know when to go and when you need to apply.

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Internship

You can do an internship, in Sweden or abroad, during the elective semester of the programme. Many students state that the internship is the best thing they have done during their studies! It provides new perspectives and prepares you for your future working life. You also get the chance to network, which has proven to be important when looking for jobs.

You choose and apply for an internship yourself, but it must be approved by the Department of Political Science. One of the requirements is that you can be offered qualified assignments that involve independent analytical work, where you develop what you have learned during your studies. Examples of common internship organisations are embassies, authorities, consultancy agencies and international organisations such as the EU and the UN.

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