European Studies – Politics, Societies and Cultures

Malmö University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
On campus
Application deadline: January 2023
European Studies

About this program

European Studies – Politics, Societies and Cultures

This programme provides you with further knowledge and a deeper understanding of Europe and the European Union today and historically, including its position and role from the global perspective. You will be introduced to a variety of disciplines and perspectives on Europe, with a combination of theories and insights from the fields of political science, history, geography, law, culture, and literature. The programme will prepare you for a career in regional and national administrations, EU institutions, or elsewhere in private, public and NGO sectors. It also provides a solid foundation for further master’s level studies.

Until recently, our generation was the first in hundreds of years to grow up in a Europe without war. That changed in 2022 when Russia invaded Ukraine, and Europe is now facing new threats and challenges. At the same time, the early 21st century has seen divisions and constellations challenging the accepted European order of the last 60 years. By participating in the European studies bachelor’s programme, you will gain knowledge and understanding of the continent's complex and diverse politics, societies and cultures, from past to present.

Admission requirements

Entry requirements:

  • General entry requirements
  • Civics 1b or Civics 1a1 +1a2
  • English 6


  • Upper secondary grades 66%
  • Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (SweSAT) 34%

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Program content

Through an interdisciplinary approach, you will gain knowledge and awareness of issues 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 political governance and emergence of the EU as a leading European and global player. Students will also explore artistic expressions from the Enlightenment until the early 21st century that have been important for shaping our understanding of Europe. The second year will focus on deepening their knowledge and understanding gained from the first year, presenting research fields and preparing to write a minor thesis. The final year explores theoretical, philosophical, and methodological issues and perspectives, ending with the students consolidating their studies through research and completing their final thesis. 

During the second and third years, the programme also offers elective semesters where you have the opportunity to choose from an internship, exchange studies, or elective courses such as global politics, climate change, project management and migration studies.

The programme is designed to offer students a real insight into European mobility, together with historical perspectives and knowledge on how Europe and the EU function. The education aims to give students a general competence and understanding of Europe from a historical and critical perspective, beyond the present-day EU and individual national perspectives. The courses combine humanities with social science, providing an understanding of the continent, its changes and diversities. Students will thus develop a practical and comprehensive competence that prepares them to face future challenges in Europe. 

Program delivery

During the programme, you will work actively in the courses and in your research, cooperating with actors both inside and outside the academic world; locally, regionally, nationally and on a wider European level.

The academic approach closely connects to current events in the European sphere. Teaching methods include lectures, group work, simulations, debates, theme studies, and self-study of literature.


Students with citizenship in countries outside of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are generally required to pay application and tuition fees. The full tuition fee for this program is 290000 SEK.

Swedish citizens, as well as citizens of other EU/EEA countries or Switzerland, are not required to pay application and tuition fees. As an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen, you must upload documentation showing your citizenship to your application on University Admissions.


Bachelor of Arts in European Studies

Career paths

This programme is ideal for those seeking to start or advance a career in regional and national administrations, various EU institutions, or elsewhere in the private, public and NGO sectors seeking to employ people with knowledge and understanding of the European institutions, politics, and societies. The programme also provides a solid foundation for further master’s level studies.

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Malmö University

Malmö University is characterised by global engagement, community involvement, and a multidisciplinary, challenge-based approach to education, research and collaboration. A young innovative, urban and international institute of higher education located in the very south of Sweden. We offer English-taught programmes...

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Why study at Malmö University

Malmö has undergone major developments in the past two decades, especially since the opening of the Öresund bridge and the founding of Malmö University. You may be surprised to learn that the city regularly collects accolades in all kinds of international rankings:

  • Promotes an entrepreneurial and innovative learning environment that influences and is influenced by the education and research at Malmö University. For instance, Forbes identified Malmö as the 4th most innovative city in the world, largely thanks to its impressively high ratio of patents per inhabitant.
  • Malmö has also been ranked the world’s 6th most bike-friendly city. No surprise there, given that the world’s #1, Copenhagen, is just across the water! Ideal conditions for students that prefer the cheap and healthy way to get from A to B.
  • In the European Commission’s “Quality of life” survey, Malmö residents are among the happiest in the continent: Regularly, 95% and more report being “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their life. Given that around 40% of Malmö’s

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Malmö University
205 06 Malmö

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