European Studies at UNSW is much more than an eclectic array of courses with some European connection. We believe that, while it is important to understand the process of European integration and the workings of the EU, European Studies cannot be limited to these questions. Consequently we offer a wide-ranging and coherent curriculum that emphasizes the political, ideological, social and cultural forces that have shaped modern and contemporary Europe.

European Studies prepares students not only for globalized intellectual engagement but also for the global market. Graduates have pursued careers in politics and diplomacy, EU institutions, Australian Federal Government, international business, NGOs, media, trade, teaching and research.

Knowledge of a language other than English is not required, but students who wish to specialise in European studies are encouraged to learn a relevant language. UNSW offers courses at various levels in French, German and Spanish.

Degree options
Sample course
  • Concepts of Europe
  • Contemporary Europe
  • Ethnic and Religious Minorities in Europe
  • Europe between the Wars
  • Postwar Europe: Politics, Societies, Cultures
  • Religion and Secularism in Europe
  • Confronting the Past in Contemporary Europe
  • European Governance
  • European Economic Development


Honours in European Studies is available for high achieving students. Interdisciplinary and comparative projects are common, joint supervision may be arranged across disciplines and schools to ensure students benefit from the diverse expertise of our staff.

Higher Degree Research

UNSW Arts and Social Sciences offers our postgraduate research candidates undertake research through supervision with leading academics to produce an original body of work. Students can choose from a Doctor of Philosophy or a Masters by Research.