Europe is not just a geographical space – it’s a cultural, political and social entity. European Studies allows you to adopt a range of approaches from different disciplines to deepen your understanding of this complex region. Core and optional modules will give you a good understanding of political ideas and the institutions and political systems that make up modern Europe, as well as specialist knowledge of topics that interest you, such as development or the rise of extreme right parties. If you have A-level Italian or equivalent, Italian A will allow you to become fluent in a major European language while exploring Italy’s fascinating history and rich culture. Core modules will develop your language skills and introduce you to Italian cinema, art, literature or history. But you’ll also choose from an array of optional modules that reflect our diverse research interests, from Dante and Renaissance art to the writings of Italo Calvino, or specialised uses of Italian in business.