Taught course

Contemporary Europe

University of Liverpool · School of Politics and Communication Studies

Entry requirements

Candidates will normally have a BA (Hons) wholly or predominantly in Politics, International Relations, or European studies or related fields such as History and Sociology. In exceptional circumstances we will consider candidates from other subject areas if they can demonstrate understanding and possess relevant background knowledge and experience.

All cases will be judged individually on the basis of information provided by the applicant (application form, personal statement, transcripts) plus academic references. Graduates of UK universities will normally have achieved an upper Second Class or a First Class result. Graduates of non-UK universities will have achieved comparable results.

Months of entry


Course content

This MA offers the exciting opportunity to study Contemporary Europe, a subject of continued political and intellectual intrigue both in the UK and Europe. This multi-disciplinary master’s programme, which is attached to the Europe and the World Centre and located in the Department of Politics, explores how Europe has been shaped, since the late C19, through interactions with the wider world, and vice versa. The MA aims to equip you with a wide range of skills, combining significant elements of political science, political economy and theory with broader cultural and sociological themes; thus, enabling you to develop skills for deeper understanding and study into the complexity and diversity of European culture and politics.

The department puts a strong emphasis on high quality teaching. Classroom seminars and lectures are designed interactively and centre around student engagement. The overall satisfaction of University of Liverpool students rates 85% (NSS 2019). Likewise teaching staff are passionate about making complicated matters of contemporary Europe accessible to students.

Information for international students

International qualifications

Applications from international students are encouraged and international qualifications will be evaluated in line with the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) guidelines.

English language qualifications

All applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language and are required to provide evidence of this. Qualifications accepted by the University can be found on our International webpages. Please see our website for English Language requirements specific to your country.

If you meet the academic requirements of the course but do not have the required level of English Language, it is possible for you to come and study at the University on one of our Pre-sessional EAP programmes. Please see the English Language Centre website for further information about these programmes.

If you require additional English Language training during your study, the University is able to provide tuition and arrange IELTS tests through its English Language Centre.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Professor Erika Harris