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European Studies

B.A. ; 4 years full-time ; 45 places ; CAO points: 532 (2018) ; CAO code: TR024

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EU Applicants

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Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

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Non-EU Applicants

  • European Studies 4 years full-timeClosing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Advanced Entry Applications

    Read the information about how to apply for Advanced Entry, then select the link below to apply.

    Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1808

    european.studies@tcd.ie

    Website

    https://www.tcd.ie/European_Studies/

    What is European studies?

    European Studies is a broad-ranging and integrated programme that offers students the chance to learn European languages, and also to study history and social sciences. This programme encourages students to think about our Continent in all its complexity, and to analyse Europe’s cultures, history, and politics.

    European Studies: The course for you?

    If you enjoy studying languages, and have an interest in history, politics, and the workings of contemporary society you will enjoy this course. European Studies is designed for students with a broad intellectual appetite, and who are interested in a range of disciplines and subjects.

    European Studies @ Trinity

    European Studies at Trinity offers a unique and broad range of languages and subjects to study, and draws on the expertise and dedication of lecturers from a wide range of disciplines. Staff from different departments work together to deliver a fully-integrated programme that offers flexibility and choice for students. European Studies attracts students with strong potential from Ireland and abroad.

    Graduate skills and career opportunities

    The language skills and understanding of a variety of disciplines gained through European Studies allow our graduates to take up opportunities in a diverse range of careers. Recent graduates are employed in international organisations both in Ireland and abroad, in the EU, in the civil service and the diplomatic corps, in business, finance and marketing. Other popular career paths are in consultancy, teaching (in Ireland and abroad), translating and interpreting, journalism and tourism. Many students go on to do postgraduate courses.

    Your degree and what you’ll study

    You will study two out of six available European languages: French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, or Spanish (Italian, Polish, Spanish, and Russian can be studied from beginner level). Both languages are studied equally in the first two years, after which one becomes your Major, and the other your Minor language. As well as languages, you will study European history, the history of ideas, and social sciences (politics, economics, and sociology). Assessment is conducted through a mixture of course-work and examinations.

    FIRST AND SECOND YEAR

    In first year, you will study two chosen languages, ‘Europe 1500-1800: Power and Culture’, and ‘Introduction to the History of Ideas’, and they take one introductory module in the social sciences (political science, sociology or economics). 

    In second year, you will continue to study two languages, study ‘Continental Europe since 1918’, ‘The Making of Modernity, 1750-1820’, and will choose from options in history, politics, sociology, and economics.

    THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS

    The third year is spent at a university abroad studying through the language you choose as your Major language. 

    In the final year, language work focuses on your Major language while coursework for your Minor language concentrates mainly on comprehension and textual analysis. The core course in your final year is called ‘Modernity and Society: Ideas and Culture in Europe since 1850’. Additionally, you will choose options from a wide range of modules from history, political science, sociology, economics and a number of culture and literature options from the language departments. 

    CAPSTONE

    In your final year of study, you will undertake a Capstone project - an independent research project which comprises an in-depth investigation of a specific area of scholarship. The Capstone project is a catalyst to enable you to reflect on your learning from the programme as a whole and to demonstrate your ability to think independently, communicate effectively, develop continuously and act responsibly as you transition to the world of work or to postgraduate studies.

    ASSESSMENT

    At all levels, you will be assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and exams. We use a mix of traditional and innovative continuous assessment methods – essays, project work, presentations, book reviews and dossiers, podcast creation. Language modules are traditionally assessed by written, oral and aural examinations. Final year students also write a Capstone project.

    Study abroad

    A year or semester studying abroad is one of the highlights of a student’s Trinity experience, and immersing oneself in the language and culture is also one of the most valuable ways of achieving fluency when you are studying a language. European students spend third year of study abroad in one of our partner universities.
     
    Exchanges have been established with history and political science departments in universities in France (Paris, Strasbourg, Grenoble, and Bordeaux), Germany (Hamburg, Tübingen, Freiburg, and Vienna), Italy (Pavia, Siena), Poland (Kraków), Russia (Moscow) and Spain (Seville, Salamanca, Alcalá, and Zaragoza). The year abroad may entail additional expenses for students but support funding under the European Union’s Erasmus scheme partially offsets this (with the exception of Russia, outside the Erasmus scheme).

    Eimhin O’Reilly, European Studies graduate 2016

    "I have had a great opportunity to take a broad variety of disciplines in European Studies, and then to specialise in subjects of particular interest to me. Staff and students in European Studies at Trinity come from a range of countries and backgrounds which provides a great context for study. I was delighted to have the chance to spend my third year at a university in Spain. I am going to use the knowledge and skills I have gained from European Studies as I begin my career working abroad."

    Course Details

    Award

    B.A.

    Duration

    4 years full-time

    CAO Points Required

    532 (2018)

    Number of Places

    45

    CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

    TR024

    Minimum entry points required are 532 (2018)
    More information on minimum entry points

    Admission Requirements

    For general admission requirements please click here

    Applicants must present with at least one European language (other than English and Irish) in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent).

    If candidates are presenting one language (other than English or Irish), they must attain a grade of H3 or higher.

    If candidates are presenting two or more languages, they must present at least one of French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and they must attain at least the following grades:

    Leaving Certificate

    H3

    If presenting French or German.

     

    H4

    If presenting any other language

    Advanced GCE (A Level):

    Grade B

    In one language other than English or Irish.

    Or

    Grade C

    In two languages other than English or Irish  (as listed above)

    Students study two languages from French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian and Spanish. Italian, Polish, Russian and Spanish are available from beginner level.

    No student may study more than one language as a beginner.

    Apply

    To apply to this course, click on the relevant Apply Link below

    EU Applicants

    Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

    Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

    Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

    Non-EU Applicants

  • European Studies 4 years full-timeClosing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Advanced Entry Applications

    Read the information about how to apply for Advanced Entry, then select the link below to apply.

    Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1808

    european.studies@tcd.ie

    Website

    https://www.tcd.ie/European_Studies/