Taught course

European Politics and Society

University of Aberdeen · School of Social Science

Entry requirements

Applicants for admission will normally be expected to hold a relevant Honours degree with at least 2(i) standard from a recognised university or body. In exceptional circumstances applicants without this qualification may be admitted subject to having an alternative qualification, or an approved level of work experience, appropriate to the field of study.

Months of entry


Course content

The increased integration of Europe and its rise as a world power has meant that it has become increasingly important to understand European societies. This degree programme will consider the ways in which European societies have been shaped and changed by various factors, such as migration, social policy, citizenship, work and family.

The course will critically assess key theories and concepts in looking at Europe, such as ideas of modernisation, social cohesion, identity and whether or not Europe can be studied as a series of types of societies or as one society. Participants will be encouraged to think about relevant contemporary issues such as population decline and xenophobia. It will look at some of the main social divisions and social relationships in Europe using a range of contemporary sources.

The course is therefore a timely and appropriate way to provide an overview of European developments through the study of key concepts and issues. It will provide participants with an up-to-date knowledge of these developments, the tools and concepts for analysing them and introduce them to the new frontiers of knowledge in these developments.

The course is based upon research projects and consultancies for the European Commission and other funding bodies carried out by the teaching team and is linked to the research centre 'The New Europe Centre' Aberdeen.

The degree will appeal to those who need the relevant resources to pursue a career at a European or national level and be informed of European developments and debates, whether it is in the NGO sector, business, academia or the public sector. It will help furnish participants with practical research and analytical skills that they can use in a variety of jobs.

Information for international students

The English Language Requirement for all College of Arts and Social Sciences Masters programmes is an IELTS of 6.5 with 6.0 in the writing and reading (or equivalent TOEFL iBT or PTE). For more information see www.abdn.ac.uk/international/english-requirements

Fees and funding

Please visit: www.abdn.ac.uk/funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
18 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1224 272762
+44 (0)1224 272552