Sussex European Institute

MA in Contemporary European Studies (MACES)

Sussex European Institute has established an international reputation for the quality of its research and study of Europe, providing a focus for postgraduate study and research that brings together students, researchers and faculty from across the University.  It is truly a unique academic environment in which to study Europe in a rich and diverse community with people from nearly thirty different countries.  As a result, the MA in Contemporary European Studies is interdisciplinary, innovative and truly European in its academic orientation. The course is also distinctive in its explicit and integrated coverage of western and eastern Europe and attracts students from all over the world.

Teaching takes the form of lectures and seminars, supplemented by regular research in progress events.

During the autumn term, the course consists of a compulsory core module details of which can be found in the MCE Core handbook 2011 [PDF 210.50KB]

Students then choose three options in the spring term, one of which forms the basis for a dissertation in the summer. Options offered in Spring 2011.

During the summer term, a field trip to Brussels allows students to spend a week on a variety of activities including visits to high-level officials based in the EU institutions and NATO. Brussells Programme June 2011.

An overview of the MA course structure can be found in the relevant extract from the current Handbook: MACES MAEP Handbook SEI 2011-12 [DOC 143.00KB] 

MACES has two fees only scholarships from The Lady Monica Cockfield Memorial Trust. All EU students applying applying for the MACES course will automatically be entered for the competition for this scholarship. For entry in 2011 the deadline for applications has been extended to July 4th.

Applying for MACES

General Recommended Reading
We have included a general recommended reading list which is intended to provide an historical and cultural background to the course, especially for those students who are not European. 

Further information
Sussex European Institute (SEI)
Friston Building, University of Sussex,
Falmer, Brighton BN1 9SP
Tel - + 44 (0) 1273 678578 or email:

Nicholas Doyle, a student on the MACES course, gives his perspective: