Europe Institute


Our PhD programme

The Institute is a natural centre for PhD students in this interdisciplinary research area.

European Studies


European Studies is internationally recognised as an interdisciplinary research area, with many high ranking Universities having research centres and offering doctoral programmes in European Studies. The Institute is building a substantial volume of research on Europe conducted at the University, which coordinates many aspects of the University's interactions with Europe, with a particular focus on new funding for research and scholarships. The Institute is a natural centre for PhD students in European Studies at the University.

European Studies includes teaching and research in European languages, literatures, and cultures operates as well as political, economic, legal and other areas of study. A European Studies perspective highlights the intellectual links between a number of departments and disciplines in this University which share a strong European dimension, in particular Anthropology, Art History, Classics, English, History, Music, Philosophy, Politics, Film Television and Media Studies, and European Languages and Literatures, in the Faculty of Arts, and International Business, and Economics in the Faculty of Business and Economics.

European Studies was introduced in 2000 as an undergraduate major and minor in the BA.  From 2013 Modern and Contemporary European Studies is now available at postgraduate level, both as an MA and Postgraduate Diploma. Medieval and Early Modern European Studies is available for BA(Hons) and MA. Dr Bernadette Luciano has been co-ordinating the undergraduate programme since its inception and in 2002 a Faculty Board of European Studies was established. The Board is composed of representatives from the Departments that contribute courses to the major.

At the national level, there are close links between staff researching and teaching in European Studies in this University and in other universities in the New Zealand through the European Union Centres Network, managed by the National Centre for Research on Europe at Canterbury University. There are opportunities to apply for various research grants, study awards, scholarships and internship opportunities as well as participate in an annual conference.

European Studies is situated administratively in the School of European Languages and Literatures.

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Resources and support for PhD research


Supervision for topics in European Studies is provided by academic staff with appropriate research interests and expertise located in a range of Departments, as well as within the School of European Languages and Literatures. The Faculty of Arts and the School of European Languages and Literatures are able to provide adequate resources and facilities to enable full-time doctoral students in European Studies to complete within the four-year time frame.

All PhD Candidates have:

  • a quiet study place for each student in the School or Arts Graduate Centre;
  • access to a quality (shared) computer loaded with appropriate up-to-date software, including facility for email, a quality printer, a phone with an outside local line, a fax machine, and adequate IT support for software and hardware that is essential for data processing, thesis preparation and other research needs
  • The library has excellent holdings in the disciplines that contribute to the programme as well as university interdisciplinary works in European Studies.

PhD students in European Studies may apply for scholarships, bursaries, and internships at the European Parliament through the New Zealand EU Centres Network as well as for other EU funding. In addition, an allowance of $150 per annum is provided towards copying and interloan charges for full-time PhD students (or pro-rata).

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