Qualifications - NCRE - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Qualifications - Pathways

Current NCRE StudentsThe European Union is New Zealand's most significant bilateral partner after Australia, and is one that continues to grow in importance. As such, one of the NCRE's primary objectives is to develop a new generation of New Zealand graduates with expertise in a range of European issues in order to foster New Zealand's ability to comprehend and interact with the new Europe.

Studying Europe from afar provides a number of advantages - of perspective, comparative analysis and of relative isolation from short-term trends. Importantly, the NCRE fosters research on the EU that is regionally relevant. For example, current research projects examine EU development policy in the Pacific, the EU's identity in the Asia-Pacific region and the external consequences of EU enlargement.

Our students are the life-blood of the NCRE, and new students will find the Centre a supportive, challenging and academically exciting environment.

Undergraduate Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts in European Union Studies - BA

In 2006, the NCRE introduced an all new Bachelor of Arts in European Union Studies. The teaching programme is multidisciplinary in focus. Students majoring in EU Studies must be credited with at least 135 points in European Union Studies, including the following:
- at least 45 points of 200-level EURO courses
- Core course: EURO201 or EURO224
- at least 60 points of 300-level EURO courses

Graduate Diploma and Certificate of Arts in European Union Studies

A Graduate Diploma of Arts is a one year full-time courses fur graduates to study a secon, or another, undergraduate major. It can be used for gaining entry to postgraduate qualifications.

It comprises of five courses - three courses at 300-level, with the remaining two courses and any level, as long as one of them is at 200-level or above. Usually all five courses are in the same subjevct. The course of study is negotiated with the programme coordinator and approved by the Dean.

The Certificate of Arts is for students who are unsure about whether they are suited to university study or can only study part-time. The Certificate comprises four standard courses at 100- and 200-levels and can be completed in 1-2 years of part-time study. Credits can be transferred to the Bachelor of ARts (and some other degrees), provided you haven't graduated with the certificate.

Graduation

Postgraduate Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts with Honours in European Studies - BA (Hons)

The BA(Hons) in EU Studies comprises one full-time year of coursework subsequent to a Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent. Students who complete a BA(Hons) to a satisfactory standard may be admitted to the Master of Arts by thesis only. The BA (Hons) EU Studies consists of four courses, one of which is a research paper.
For more information see BA(Hons) in EU Studies

Taught Masters of European Union Studies - MEuro

This degree studies the European Union (EU) in the global context, with a special focus on the Asia Pacific region. Master of European Union Studies (MEuro) participants will analyse the EU's global role in terms of foreign policy, development, external perceptions, human rights, trade and multiculturalism.

The MEuro is a 12-month taught master degree. The program has two commencement dates (February and July). Students take two compulsory and four elective courses in EU studies as well as complete a 20,000 word thesis.

For more information see MEuro

Master of Arts Thesis in European Studies - MA

The postgraduate degree 'Master of Arts (MA) in European Studies' by thesis, can be studied either full-time or part-time. Thesis topics can be multidisciplinary in perspective and should address either specifically European Union or more general European related questions. For admission to the MA programme students will normally be required to have achieved at least a Second Class First Division BA (Hons) in European Studies, or a related subject, with the approval of the Director of the NCRE, Martin Holland.
For more information see the MA in EU Studies

Doctor of Philosophy in European Studies - PhD

The NCRE also offers Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)in European Studies by thesis, either full-time or part-time. As with the MA, thesis topics can be multidisciplinary in perspective and should address either specifically European Union or more general European related questions. For admission to the PhD programme students will normally be required to have achieved at least a Second Class First Division BA (Hons) in European Studies, or a related subject, or completed an MA thesis in an appropriate area with the approval of the Director of the NCRE, Martin Holland.
For more information please see the PhD in EU Studies

International Students

The NCRE hosts students from many different countries around the world through providing research support and internships within its teaching programmes. The Center encourages students who wish to travel and study or research European Union subjects to contact us and see what we can offer.

Useful Links

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