Bachelor in European Studies


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Program Description

We are the first generation in hundreds of years to have grown up in a Europe without war. At the same time, the early 21st century has seen new divisions and constellations that challenge the accepted European order of the last sixty years. There has never been a better time to study European Studies and gain an understanding of the continent’s history, identity and politics.

The field of European Studies combines perspectives, theories and issues from political science, history, geography, law, culture and literature studies. Europe is complex – and it plays an increasingly important role in our lives. In order to fully understand Europe and the European Union, more than one national or scientific perspective is required. This 3-year bachelor's programme provides you with a multidisciplinary approach to Europe in an international setting.

What will I learn?

The programme examines the meaning and concept of Europe. In a broad sense, it gives three perspectives – the historical perspective, a focus on the European Union, and a regional perspective where the proximity to Copenhagen and the location in the middle of the Öresund region is important.

The interdisciplinary approach helps you gain knowledge and awareness related to politics, society and culture on a larger scale. The first year focuses on introducing Europe as a field of study and investigating the emergence of the European Union as a leading European and global actor. In year two, students focus on cultural identity and political mobilisation and are trained to write a minor thesis. In the final year, students study European urban and political geography, and undertake a task of project management, before consolidating their studies through advanced research training and the completion of a final thesis.

What makes European Studies unique?

The programme is built to give students a real experience of European mobility together with historical perspectives and knowledge about how the EU functions. The purpose of the education is to give you a European competence, with focus on critical reflection. Courses combine humanities with social science in an attempt to provide an understanding of this continent, with its changes and diversities. Thus, you achieve a practical, as well as a more comprehensive, competence that prepares you for future challenges in Europe.

Academic approach and teaching methods

During the programme, you will work actively with cross-border cooperation during the courses and in your research. The academic approach has a close connection to actual and current events in the European sphere. Teaching methods include lectures, group work, simulations, debates, theme studies and self-study of literature.

In addition to academic training in the classrooms, students have the opportunity to gain training in Geographic Information System (GIS) and project management.

Go abroad during your studies

During the second year, you will have the opportunity to study abroad and/or do an internship giving you practical experience outside the traditional classroom setting. Malmö University cooperates with a large number of universities to provide exchange opportunities for students.

What career will I be prepared for?

This programme is ideal for those seeking to launch or advance a career in regional and national administrations, the various EU institutions, or elsewhere in the private, public and voluntary spheres that seek people with knowledge and understanding of European institutions, politics and societies. It also provides a solid foundation for further studies at the master’s level.


This education is organised as a systematic inter-disciplinary progression, with European Studies as the main field of study. The programme combines perspectives, theories and issues from political science, history, geography, urban studies, political economy, law, culture and literature studies. In most cases, the main field courses combine these perspectives and disciplines in relation to themes of importance for European Studies. Progression within the main field of study in the programme takes place during terms 1, 2, 3 and 6. The connection between the separate courses and their progression is described below.

Year one of the programme contains the first two steps of the main field of study, European Studies I and European Studies II. European Studies I, contains two 15 credit courses. The first course – European Studies: Europe as a Field of Knowledge and Europe as an Idea – combines introductions to academic studies and academically based texts and oral presentations, with a basic introduction to the history of European political thought, the emergence of Europe as concept and reality, and the interaction between them.

The second 15 credit course – European Studies: Organizing European Space – From Early Modern Europe to the European Union – is a historical overview where social, political and cultural processes are studied, with focus on borders, regions, nations, state building, citizenship and social groups. The emergence and structure of the EU is also introduced and placed in its historical and contemporary political context.

European Studies II is the first of two profile terms and also step 2 in European Studies as the main field of study. During this term, the students will deepen their knowledge about the European Union. It consists of the courses:

  • European Studies: Historical and Institutional Perspectives on the European Union, 15 credits,
  • European Studies: European Union Law 7,5 credits and
  • European Studies: EU as a Global Actor, 7,5 credits.

In these courses, the EU’s organisation, function and history will be discussed, as well as the theoretical perspectives that have been developed to understand and explain the emergence, structure and action of the EU in Europe and at a global level. The progression takes place on two levels – the knowledge about EU’s historical development is deepened and there is also an expanding theoretical knowledge linked to the analysis of European integration processes and European politics.

Term 3 of the programme is also step 3 of the main study field’s core – European Studies III – and, like term 1, contains two 15-credit courses.

The first course is European Studies: European Political Cultures. Here, the main focus is on the development in different parts of Europe during the 20th century linked to previous historical contexts. Within the framework of this course a number of perspectives, introduced during term 1, will be expanded and problematized. Themes discussed in the course include memory and the role of the use of history, questions concerning democracy, fascism, communism, populism, and how political programmes and movements affect and are affected by aesthetic valuations and programmes. During this course, students also develop theme suggestions for the upcoming minor thesis in the following course. Here, the progression includes a more complex knowledge about European policy, culture and memory, as well as the skill to produce scientific problem formulations.

The second 15-credit course in European Studies III is European Studies: Research Methods and Minor Thesis. This course combines teaching and training in scientific methods with the writing of a minor individual academic work, which is defended at a minor thesis seminar.

Term 4 is a term with elective options when the students can choose between exchange studies, internship, or study relevant courses at Malmö University or any other Swedish university.

Term 5 is the second profile term. It begins with the course Political Representation, 7,5 credits. This course treats themes about participation, citizenship, legitimacy and democracy, linked to the European Union and Europe in a wider sense.

The following course, Applied Analysis of Regionalisation and Urbanisation, has its main focus on the development of concepts and methods, linked to case studies in regionalisation and urbanisation in Europe. High emphasis is put on analysis work, using geographical concepts and the tool Geographic Information System (GIS).

The second haft of term 5 consists of two parallel half-time 7,5 credit courses. One of them has the title Project Development and Project Management (7,5 credits). This course gives students education and practical training in planning, implementing and reflecting upon a real situation project, related to themes developed together by the students, teachers, researchers and the surrounding society.

Parallel to the course described above runs a 7,5 credit course named Urbanity, Urbanisation and Globalisation – Cultural and Social Perspectives. This course takes the Öresund region and the Malmö/Copenhagen area as its point of departure, comparing the region with other urban clusters/border regions in a time of Europeanisation and Globalisation. It also addresses cultural representations of the city, to deepen the understanding of crucial theoretical concepts.

Term 6 is the final term of the programme, as well as of the main field of study, European Studies IV. It contains two courses, of which the first is European Studies: Epistemological Approaches and Research Design 15 credits. This course enhances knowledge in the main field of study and is a continuation of the method and minor thesis courses from term 3. The course also builds the foundation for the final exam thesis, where the students write an independent academic work in the second course of the term, European Studies: Bachelor Thesis (15 credits). The bachelor thesis is defended at a final seminar.

Last updated Nov 2019

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