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. Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

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.
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.
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 Ph.D. register.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Balázs Apor
+353-1-896 3224