Taught course

European Studies

Trinity College Dublin - the University of Dublin · School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies

Entry requirements

This course is open to applicants who have achieved at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent e.g. GPA of 3.2) in a relevant discipline area; in addition, applicants should normally have advanced reading knowledge of at least one continental European language. Applicants may be asked for examples of recent written work.

Months of entry


Course content

This is an interdisciplinary course which provides an overview of European intellectual and cultural history, looking at Europe and its history from a range of disciplinary perspectives. It focuses on constructions and representations of identity, the emergence of the idea of Europe, political symbolism and nationalism, symbolic geographies and so on. The course builds on the inclusive, interdisciplinary approach of Trinity's undergraduate European Studies programme, but with a higher level of intellectual sophistication and breadth.

Course content:

The course consists of a compulsory two-semester module (carrying 20 ECTS credits), a number of optional one-semester modules (two per semester taken, each carrying 10 credits), and a dissertation (worth 30 credits). Each taught course module runs for an 11 week period within the 12-week semester, and meets once a week for a two-hour lecture or seminar. Teaching is spread over 22 weeks from September to the following April.

The compulsory (core) module, 'Europe and its Other(s): Ideas, identities and symbolic geographies in Europe', introduces a number of theoretical approaches to European intellectual, cultural and political history. Four optional single-semester modules are chosen from the lists below; these encourage students to apply and develop these approaches, with a focus both on distinct national or regional cultures and histories on the one hand, and/or specific issues and problems in European history and culture(s) on the other. A student may apply to the Course Committee, through the Course Director, for permission to take a relevant taught course module in another M.Phil. programme offered by the University. Not more than two modules from outside the European Studies M.Phil., and not more than one module from outside the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies, will normally be permitted.

Core component: 'Europe and its Other(s): Ideas, identities and symbolic geographies in Europe' (two semesters, 20 credits)

Optional modules:

  • Figurations of European National Identities
  • Cultures of Memory and Identity in Central Europe
  • Representations of the Other Europe: Cinema in Communist and Post-Communist Central and Eastern Europe
  • Spain's European Identity
  • Intellectuals and Commitment

Optional modules available in other SLLCS programmes (subject to availability):

  • Literature and Exile
  • Moving between Cultures (second part)
  • The Aesthetics of Response: Ekphrasis and the Sublime

Optional modules available in graduate programmes in other schools (subject to availability):

  • Classics and European Identity (Department of Classics)
  • Government Institutions (Department of Political Science)
  • Government and Politics of the EU in conjunction with EU Policies (Department of Political Science)
  • Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Early Modern Europe (Department of History)
  • History, Memory and Commemoration (Department of History)
  • Gender, Identity and Authority in Eighteenth Century France (Department of History)


Assessment is by a submitted essay (3500-5000 words) in each course; each optional module will account for 10% of the overall programme mark. Students who meet the requirements and decide that they wish to continue for a research degree will be facilitated in registering in the September when they have submitted their M.Phil. dissertation, thus creating the possibility of moving straight on to the PhD register.

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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