12 months
20350 GBP/year
9900 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This Contemporary Europe programme from University of Liverpool offers the exciting opportunity to study Contemporary Europe, a subject of continued political and intellectual intrigue both in the UK and Europe.

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This multi-disciplinary Contemporary Europe programme from University of Liverpool , 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.

Career prospects

Student career development is a major interest for the department and we actively encourage you to integrate career planning into your academic studies. This is promoted through individual modules which have strong policy and career relevant aspects, a close relationship with the University’s excellent Careers Service and visits to relevant UK and EU actors in Liverpool, London and Brussels.

Over the course of your studies you will acquire unique analytical, problem-solving, written and verbal presentation, and methodological skills. This broad skill-set increases your employment opportunities as it allows you to market themselves in several areas. For example, a politics degree opens career prospects in these areas:

  • Parliament, e.g. assistant to member of parliament,
  • Government institutions (state or local level), e.g. civil servant or as a diplomat,
  • International Organisations (e.g. UN, NATO, EU),
  • Non-governmental organisations (e.g. Human Rights Watch),
  • Newspaper journalism and other media,
  • Corporate sector, e.g. lobbying or consultancy positions, in public relations, or to provide strategic analysis within the companies,
  • Publishers,
  • Academia or political consultancy (Think Tank).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Students on the Contemporary Europe MA will take 30 credits of mandatory and 30 credits of optional modules in Semester 1, and 15 credits of mandatory and 45 credits of optional modules in Semester 2.

  • The required dissertation (POLI504) is taken over the summer period. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There are no strict application deadlines but applicants are encouraged to apply in good time, particularly if they require visas or have special requirements.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20350 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 20350 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9900 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Liverpool

556 - 1035 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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