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European Studies

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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4 Years
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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.

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LM040 - European Studies
University of Limerick

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LM040 - European Studies
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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ELESX  5M2073  Language and European Studies

Essential Module Requirements:

Must possess distinctions in 5 modules in the FETAC/QQI level 5/6 qualification which must include at least 3 of the following modules one of which must be a language
(French – E20106/5N1623, German – E20107/5N1624, Spanish –E20108/5N1630):
E20106 or 5N1623
E20107 or 5N1624
E20108 or 5N1630
E20024 or 5N1444
G10036 or 4N3400
G20001 or 5N0690
G20022 or 5N1837

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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
  • 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.

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