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LSE-Sciences Po Double Degree in European Studies

Course Description

About the MSc programme

Sciences Po and LSE have come together to offer high-achieving undergraduate students a joint curriculum: the Double Master's Degree in European Studies.

In this programme, students focus on the history, politics, policies and institutions of the European Union; on the ideas which underpin the European project; and on the political, economic and social challenges facing Europe. Teaching is by renowned EU specialists, many with practical experience of policymaking. Students combine lectures and seminars on specific topics with workshops, simulations, case studies and attendance at public lectures and debates with top decision-makers, experts and opinion formers from across Europe.

Bilingual (French and English), and spanning a wide range of disciplines, this very select programme is based on mutual recognition of the curricula and assessments of the partner university.

The LSE-Sciences Po Double Degree in European Studies lasts two academic years: the first year is spent at Sciences Po, in the Master Affaires Européennes; the second year takes place within the European Institute at LSE studying either MSc European Studies: Ideas, Ideologies and Identities, MSc Political Economy of Europe or MSc EU Politics.

Courses are multidisciplinary and students choose options from international relations, history, economics, law, philosophy and political science, all with a strongly European focus.

Programme details


Applicants must demonstrate competence in both English and French.
Students whose native language is not English must meet LSE's Standard English requirement (see English requirements) or have a recognised university degree taught and examined entirely in English.

Applicants whose native language is not French must prove language ability by means of one of the following:
◾ The French Baccalauréat
◾ A Francophone secondary school diploma (Etudes Collègiales Canadiennes, Certificat d'Humanités Belge, etc)
◾ A recognised university degree with at least two years of study at a Francophone University
◾The Test de Connaissance du Français (TCF) 500 or DALF C1. Please see Sciences Po admissions for more information

Students whose native language is neither English nor French must provide proof of ability in both languages as above.

Applications should be made online only. Your complete application (application plus supporting documents) must reach Sciences Po by 1 March 2014.


Applications are administered by a joint admissions board of representatives consisting of both LSE and Sciences Po. Only successful applicants will be notified by post. Students can track the status of their application online.

Supplementary documents

In addition to the application form, you are required to submit:
1. a full and official transcript of marks obtained for each year of university level education including the current year when available
2. a certified copy of your undergraduate degree (if applicable). Documents written in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by a certified translation into one of the above languages
3. a personal statement to be submitted in both English and French. In no more than 1,000 words, please describe your background, your career objectives as these relate to Europe/the EU, and how obtaining the LSE/Sciences Po Double Degree will help you to achieve those objectives
4. two letters of academic recommendation. These can either be in French or in English. They must be submitted online or placed in an envelope sealed and signed on the back by the referee before being added to the application file.
5. a résumé in both English and French
6. optional: you may also submit letters of professional recommendation

Items 1 to 3 can be submitted as scanned attachments to the online application form. References may be submitted online or by post.

Year one: Sciences Po

At Sciences Po, the academic year runs from early September to the end of May. It is divided into two semesters, each of which is 12 weeks long. Students join the Master Affaires Européennes, on their own track.
Maquette Pédagogique - Semestre 1
Maquette Pédagogique - Semestre 2

Year two: LSE

The second year runs from October until September of the following year. It comprises three terms and the summer period for the completion of the 10,000 word dissertation.

Students will enrol in either MSc European Studies: Ideas, Ideologies and Identities or MSc Political Economy of Europe or MSc EU Politics. They will have to make their choice while studying at Sciences Po. Students can expect an average of 180 hours of teaching during the year at LSE.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for LSE-Sciences Po Double Master's Degree in European Studies in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, some circumstances may cause the School to subsequently change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to circumstances outside of its control. You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee places on its courses. You should visit the School's Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the Updated graduate course and programme information page.

Graduate destinations

Graduates of the programme pursue successful careers in politics, journalism, diplomacy, business, academia, consultancy, the EU institutions, national administrations and in the international institutions.

Visit the LSE-Sciences Po Double Degree in European Studies page on the London School of Economics and Political Science web site for more details!

(Student Profile)

Irene de Lorenzo-Caceres Cantero

1634.jpg When I applied for the LSE – Sciences Po Double Degree in European Studies in 2008, I was a convinced young European who wanted to contribute her best to the European Union, especially through the creation of a true European identity. Nonetheless, in the course of my first year at Sciences Po, my academic and professional horizons were enlarged thanks to the contact with inspiring scholars such as Eiko Thielemann, who introduced me to a whole new topic which I soon became completely passionate about: international migration. In this regard, the flexibility of the European Institute's MSc programmes allowed me to specialise in international and EU migration policies during my year at LSE, with a focus on the human rights and development issues at stake. This shift was also evident in my extracurricular engagement at Sciences Po and LSE: whereas I fully participated in the vibrant student life of both schools, it was in London that I became involved with student societies like Amnesty International to help defend the rights of immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers. The combination of my theoretical knowledge of EU migration policy and practical experience of human rights advocacy at grassroots level allowed me to coordinate a petition campaign launched by the Brussels-based NGO 'December 18' to urge EU Member States to ratify the UN Migrant Workers Convention immediately after finishing my dissertation at LSE in August 2010. In January 2011 I moved to New York and started interning at the Permanent Mission of Spain to the United Nations, with the main purpose of getting a migration-related job within the UN System. I owe the Double Degree for having widened the scope of my professional ambitions from the European to the global level, as well as having allowed me to find a new overall direction for my career: giving migration policies worldwide a more humane face, one of the main challenges which the international community will be confronted with in the coming decades.


Graduate Support Scheme - 20+ Awards

Around £2 million is available annually in the form of awards from the Graduate Support Scheme (GSS). This scheme is designed to help students who do not have the necessary funds to meet all their costs of study.

The standard value of GSS awards ranges from £3,000 - £10,000, depending on financial need.

In 2010, we offered 9.2% of applicants an award from the Graduate Support Scheme.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£3,000 - £10,000


The Graduate Support Scheme is open to all applicants.

Application Procedure

Once you have applied for admission, you can access the Graduate Support Scheme application form via the Graduate Admissions' web tracker system.

We aim to notify you of the ourcome of your application at the point of an offer of admission to the School being made. Please do not contact us before you receive a formal offer of admission. If you do not receive an offer of admission, the data you have submitted will be destroyed.

If you have submitted an application after receiving an offer of admission, then we aim to notify you of the outcome of your application within 4 weeks of submission.

Further Information



LSE Country-based Awards - 20+ Awards

The School has a wide range of scholarships available for taught master's students coming to LSE from certain countries and regions of the world. Scholarships are available for LSE students from Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Award value varies


Country of domicile, consult LSE Financial Support Office for specific criteria

Application Procedure

Students must complete the Graduate Support Scheme online application form, which is available on the Graduate Admissions' web tracker system once you apply for admission.

You will be automatically considered for all the scholarships for which you are eligible by completing and submitting this application form. It is therefore only necessary to complete the application form once, regardless of how many award you would like to be considered for.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:1 degree or overseas equivalent in any discipline; English standard level, there is also a French language requirement, equivalent to TCF level 500.

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