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Course content

Our European Political Economy MA will give you the necessary conceptual and research tools to analyse developments in the political economy and public policies of the European Union. The course is characterised by a rigorous and specific political economy approach to the subject, allowing you to develop a comprehensive understanding and in-depth knowledge.

Key benefits

  • Interdisciplinary course drawing on the expertise of highly ranked departments.
  • Taught by well-published and multi-national staff.
  • Vibrant research community, designated as a Jean Monnet Centre of Europe in the World.


The European Political Economy MA is taught by the Department of European & International Studies (EIS) and the Department of Political Economy (DPE), offering you the distinctive elements of both departments.

We also combine a rigorous political and historical approach to European & International Studies with a focus on conceptual and research tools for the critical analysis of public policy. The two Departments contributed in a major way to King’s College being ranked first for research power in the field of Politics & International Relations in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and we continue to offer an exceptionally high level of teaching.

Course purpose

The MA European Political Economy offers students the opportunity to pursue in-depth study of the political economy of the European Union, drawing on a range of approaches including International Relations, Political Economy and Public Policy Analysis.

Course format and assessment


You will typically have 6 hours (full-time) or 2-4 hours (part-time) of teaching per week during term time, as well as 34 hours of self-study per week. For the dissertation module you will have six hours of dissertation supervision.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


You are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations. The majority of European and International Studies modules are assessed by a 4,000-word essay, other optional modules may differ. The dissertation module is assessed by a 10,000 word essay.

Career prospects

Previous graduates from this course have gone on to the following destinations:

  • economist
  • political consultant
  • political analyst
  • policy officer
  • project manager
  • vice-president of European affairs.

Visit the European Political Economy - MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!






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