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Comparative European Societies MSc (Blended)

Comparative European Societies MSc (Blended)

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

European Studies European Union Politics Europe: Politics

Course type


Course Summary

This programme is designed for those who wish to understand migration, social policy, ethical relations, citizenship, work and family throughout Europe. You study theories and concepts of modernisation, social cohesion, xenophobia, population decline and identity at a time when many people are questioning relationships, divisions and the European identity. You are given research projects and the programme is based upon consultancy work for the European Commission and other funding bodies.

  • Anthropology is ranked 4th in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2020)
  • Sociology is ranked 7th in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2020)
  • Postgraduate training is now an important step in careers like politics and public sector roles, civil service, regional unions of all types and business integration
  • You are taught by experts in European societies research who offer expertise in the Middle East, Latin America, the Nordic Countries, Central and Eastern Europe and Scotland, the UK and EU.
  • The programme is led by Clair Wallace, Director of the New Europe Centre Aberdeen

You are taught by international experts from the New Europe Centre. Experts offer you knowledge across the Middle East, Latin America, North and South Asia, Nordic countries, Central and Easter Europe, Scotland, the UK and EU. The programme is a mix of online learning with some attendance on campus.

You study from a mix of compulsory and optional course modules in: Advanced Social Theory, Advanced Quantitative Methods in Social Science, Study of European Societies, Religious Belief in the Modern World, Global Conflict and Peace Processes, Globalisation, Post Conflict Peace Building, and Quantitative Sociology, plus a dissertation.

A postgraduate qualification has become increasingly desirable to work in national and regional governments and organisations, local government, politics, civil service areas, diplomacy, large scale organisations and charities and public sector bodies at European and Global level. Employment options are quite wide and varied and include: Civil service, foreign correspondence, Foreign Office diplomacy, international non-governmental officer roles, NGO work, political party research officer roles, politician advisory positions, research and more

You study in The School of Social Sciences at the University of Aberdeen. Study is supported by extensive knowledge, from research conducted at the Centre for European Survey Research, New Europe Centre, and the Centre for Global Security and Governance. The School of Social Science offers you a thriving centre for teaching and research in the fields of: Anthropology, Politics and International Relations, and Sociology. You are invited to attend events and seminars in the School and across the wider university whilst you study.

The University of Aberdeen and Kings College is the 5th oldest university in the UK. Founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495, it is “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” to provide progressive, innovative research and lecturing. Many subjects continue to progress societal and economic innovations to this day. It attracts international academics and research staff.

Aberdeen city is well known world energy hub. There are over 900 energy companies in the city, 20 of which are FTSE 100 companies. The city is compact, and a visual feast of architecture and history. Aberdeen offers you retail, cosmopolitan food to suit all diets, culture, nightlife, sports, outdoor pursuits, a beach, walking and cycling to Royal Deeside, travel connections to the Highlands, Orkney and Shetland, the UK and Europe.

Different course options

Full time | University of Aberdeen | 12 months | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



Advanced Social Theory - Core
Advanced Qualitative Methods in Social Science - Core
The Comparative Study of European Societies - Core
Global Conflict and Peace Processes - Core
Post - Conflict Justice and Peacebuilding - Optional
Quantitative Sociology: Philosophy & Methods - Optional
Dimensions of Globalization - Optional
Religious Belief and Practice in the Modern World - Optional
The Comparative Study of European Societies - Optional
Dissertation in European Societies - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

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