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LM040 - Bachelor of Arts in European Studies

Course Details

Course Code: LM040

Level: Honours Bachelor Degree
Length: 4 Years
CAO Minimum Points Entry 2013: 355
Course Leader: Dr Brid Quinn
Phone: 00 353 61 213514

Tel: 00 353 61 202015

The Student Experience

Course Description

About You

There is no ‘typical’ European Studies student. The main qualities that you need for success in the field are;

(1) a healthy curiosity about how modern societies function
(2) a taste for languages other than your own
(3) an interest in other cultures and
(4) an ability to think independently and argue coherently for your ideas.

Neither do you have to know what you want to ‘be’ when you leave college in order to choose European Studies. The degree offers a very broad entrance into the worlds of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences.

Why Study European Studies at UL?

An understanding of Europe requires knowledge of its historical origins, of its economic, legal and societal aspects, and of its political institutions. The BA in European Studies develops knowledge and understanding of all of these areas. The University of Limerick has long led the way in Ireland in this field, with the result that this degree is one of the most established European Studies degree programmes in Europe. The University’s Centre for European Studies (CEUROS) is recognized by the European Union as a Centre of Excellence and has long-standing links with universities throughout Europe.

Course Structure

The BA in European Studies offers you a core European Studies programme and a wide degree of choice between options in History, Sociology, Economics and Law, as well as the opportunity to develop an in-depth knowledge of French, German, Irish / Gaeilge and Spanish languages and cultures. Language teaching is done in small groups and many of the teachers are native speakers of the languages concerned. Language skills are further developed during the period of study abroad at one of our partner universities on the continent, completion of which is mandatory for students of the BA in European Studies.

The BA in European Studies is a four-year programme. Six semesters, including all of the first and final years, are spent in UL. A further two semesters, in the spring of Year 2 and autumn of Year 3, are spent off-campus on the Study Abroad programme and on the Cooperative Education programme, which provides work experience.

From the beginning of your degree programme, you will follow a core European Studies module stream, a scheme of language study in at least one continental European language (French, German or Spanish), and may either take three disciplinary subjects chosen from History, Sociology, Law and Economics,
two such disciplinary subjects and a second language (from French, German, Spanish or Irish / Gaeilge*).

Spanish and German are offered at Advanced and at Beginners’ Level, with the streams being integrated in Year 3.

* NB: Students choosing Irish / Gaeilge must also study a continental language.


Year 1


European Studies




European Studies : A Global Perspective


Early Modern Europe and Ireland


Modern European Political Thought


Sources for History






Introduction to Sociology




Introduction to Sociology 2








Principles of Law

Comparative Legal Systems


French I and II, German I and II, Spanish I and II, Gaeilge I and II




Year 2 Semester 1


European Studies




Comparative European Politics


Europe: Enlightenment and Revolution 1715-1848






Sociology of Media


Economics of European Integration






Law of the European Union 1


French III, German III, Spanish III, Gaeilge III




Year 2 Semester 2


Cooperative Education




Year 3 Semester 1


Erasmus Study Abroad




Year 3 Semester 2


European Studies




Final Year Project Methodology Workshop


Europe: Society and Governance, 1890-1990






Inequality and Social Exclusion


EU Economic Environment






Law of the European Union 2


French IV • German IV • Spanish IV • Gaeilge IV




Year 4


European Studies




Final Year Project


French V and VI


German V and VI


Spanish V and VI


Gaeilge V and VI


Cultural Studies, and Teaching English as a Foreign Language.


Entry Requirements

Applicants are required at the time of enrolment to hold the Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with at least Grade C3 in two Higher Level subjects and a Grade D3 in four Ordinary or Higher level subjects (including English, Mathematics, and Irish or another language).

Certain FETAC awards are acceptable in fulfilling admission requirements for this programme - go to for a full list of modules.

Additional language requirements: Applicants are required to hold at least a C3 at Higher Level in a language other than English. In addition, if you wish to take French, a grade C3 in Higher Level French is required. For those who wish to take the two-language option with Irish/Gaeilge, a grade C3 in Higher Level Gaeilge is required.

We welcome applications from Mature Students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

Note: Grade D3 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation Maths is not reckonable for scoring purposes.

Career Prospects

Careers open to you with a degree in European Studies include;

  • Interpreter/Translator
  • Teaching (secondary)
  • Teaching (primary)
  • Teaching English as Foreign Language (TEFL)

Employers in all areas of business, professional and public life are increasingly looking for graduates who can combine language skills with knowledge of European affairs. Our graduates work in areas such as;

  • Business management with Irish and European companies
  • Public service either in Ireland or within the European Union
  • Banking and financial sectors and
  • Tourism and leisure industries.

All of these career opportunities are expanding rapidly and new possibilities will continue to open as the ‘new’ Europe develops over the coming years.

Follow-On Study

Many graduates of the BA in European Studies go on to do postgraduate work of one kind or another. For some this means university-based or other professional education – good examples being a postgraduate teaching qualification or a diploma/degree in journalism.

For others, the European element predominates and this can lead naturally to one of the many related Masters degrees such as UL’s own MA in European Integration. The range of postgraduate study possibilities for European Studies graduates also includes a wide variety of research opportunities.

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Student Profile

Aideen Ginnell
I chose UL for many reasons but the main attraction for me was mostly the campus itself, along with the charming and friendly feeling I got when I first visited on the open day. European studies appealed to me because the course included politics, languages, law and history – all in one degree.

The added bonus of my course was the extraordinary opportunity to go on work experience (coop) and also to study abroad (Erasmus) whilst still receiving credits here in UL. I took the opportunity to study in Seville, Spain for one whole term. The university was situated right in the heart of the city, and hosted many Erasmus students from all around Europe which really made the experience truly diverse. This mix, along with the small classes and fantastic weather, made for a great atmosphere around this lovely old Spanish campus.

For my coop, I was offered a job in Mexico, teaching English in a school in Mexico City, to kids aged from 4 up to 18. We also taught them about Irish music and dancing, and organised a little show to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Apart from the invaluable experience I gained from my teaching work, I also availed of the opportunity to travel around Mexico and experience its culture and richness. My time on co-op was one of the most eventful and valuable experiences of my life and it couldn’t have happened without the opportunities that were presented to me by my degree in European studies at the University of Limerick.

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