BA (Hons) European Studies

University College Cork

Course Overview

European Studies is a unique multidisciplinary subject, in which you will explore the processes and consequences of political, diplomatic, administrative and economic decision-making in the European Union.

As a European Studies graduate you will be prepared for the challenges associated with a more interdependent and enlarged EU.
European Studies is anchored by the School of History. Other participating Schools and Departments include: Geography; Law; and Food Business and Development. European Studies will provide you with insight into the EU as a system of multilevel governance and with a critical understanding of contemporary developments within the Union. This challenging and rewarding course equips students to develop independent thinking, strong communication and negotiation skills, cultural understanding and research expertise.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Cork City

What is the length of the course?

48 Months Full-time (4 Years)

When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?


Placement options

Study abroad: If you are studying through the BA International, you will spend Year 3 studying at one of our partner universities abroad. Here are some examples of current links:

• Spain (Barcelona,Seville, Santiago, Salamanca and Cadiz)
• Germany (Munich, Bonn, and Konstanz)
• Italy (Bologna, Siena, Florence and Perugia)
• France (Aix-en-Provence (IEP), Paris III and Sciences Po, Lyon 3 and Rennes I and II)

Work placement: If you study through the BA or the BA International, you will have the opportunity to avail of a work placement in Year 2.”

Application Closing Date

Open for applications

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 12,500

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits

  • the innovative Model European Union (Year 2)
  • cultivating expertise in a chosen subject (Year 3-4 Research Dissertation)
  • the unique and valuable year abroad (Year 3)
  • The unique multidisciplinary nature of this subject is a major advantage. You can choose from a range of modules in History, Geography, Law, Political Science and Food Business and Development.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

  • Leaving Certificate:

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade requirement of 2*H5 and 4*O6/H7. Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:
English: O6/H7
Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: H3
Other Language: O6/H7

  • A-Levels: C C C
  • IB: 26″

English Requirements

Duolingo English Test (DET): DET score of 120 or better
Please note: Applicants scoring DET 110 or 115 will be required to sit a UCC Language Centre Skills Check before receiving an offer. Applicants presenting with one of these two scores should contact the UG EU Admissions Office directly by emailing admissions@ucc.ie.

UCC has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake.

IELTS: College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes. 6.5 Minimum individual sections 5.5
TOELF: College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes.

  • TOEFL 90: Listening 17; Reading 18; Speaking 20; Writing 17

Pearson PTE Academic: College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes. 63 Minimum individual sections 51

Special Entry Requirements

Career Prospects

European Studies graduates have pursued careers in a variety of areas including:
• European public and private sectors
• Foreign Affairs
• EU Institutions and Agencies
• Government Departments
• Communications
• Administration
• Marketing and Management
• Research
• NGOs and Charities
• Policy Analysis
• Consultancy
• Academia
• Media, PR and Journalism
Possible career paths are as varied as your individual interests.