European studies

Fascinated by European Culture? At Essex, European Studies spans many aspects of European life, encompassing history, politics, sociology, and literature.

European studies

Undergraduate degrees

Eager to unravel what makes Europe the complex continent we know it as today? If you have a thirst for knowledge of all things European, from history and politics to sociology and literature, European Studies is for you.

Explore the economic, legal, and sociological landscape of Europe, delving into its historical roots while gaining insights into its diverse cultural heritage. The profound impact of European artists, writers, musicians, composers, and filmmakers persists, undiminished by America's global dominance. You have the opportunity to delve into various topics, such as:

  • European identity and the evolution of the EU
  • Depictions of non-Europeans in artistic expressions
  • Europe's colonial past
  • The role of religion in European societies EU legal frameworks

There has never been a more pivotal moment to delve into the study of Europe. At Essex, you will engage in discussions about the future of Europe, examine its diverse landscapes, and fully immerse yourself in European culture. Explore our department page to learn more about our faculty, and it's research opportunities.


Why study here?
  • You are taught by a team of international experts in a range of subjects.
  • Each of our courses enables you to study abroad at an excellent European university of your choice.
  • You have the opportunity to study one or more modern European languages as part of your degree.
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Career prospects

European Studies helps you gain skills across many areas, including; import/export management, banking and financial sectors, academia, airlines, information technology, management, museums, teaching, non-governmental offices, and development agencies in the UK and abroad.

Our graduates have gone on to work for a wide range of organisations including:

  • The Civil Service (especially the Foreign Office)
  • Embassies around the world
  • The European Council on Foreign Relations
  • The Europe Direct Contact Centre in Brussels
  • The Spanish Congress of Deputies
  • LEAD Europe

Other recent graduates have also undertaken traineeships with the European Commission, for the Directorate-General for Education and Culture, and various internships in journalism and with NGOs.

We also work with the university's Student Development Team to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.Explore the career opportunities European Studies can provide.

“It has been easy to settle in and find new friends because of the variety of societies and clubs to join, and the staff have been veryfriendly and supportive. My modules have given me a broad understanding of Europe, and enabled me to access a wide range of career opportunities."
Andreas Andreou BA European Studies


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