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MSc Political Economy of Europe

Course Description

About the MSc programme

The programme provides a historically grounded, multi-disciplinary analysis of European integration and national transformation processes, taught by staff with experience of policy-making in Europe.

You will focus on aspects of European integration and reform, along with public policy-making in European countries through the lens of an evolving state-market relationship. You will be able to choose from specialist courses in aspects of political economy; the EU; European Identity; and courses with a more geographical focus. You will also attend a programme of guest lectures from distinguished outside speakers, including business leaders and policy-makers.

The programme considers the different processes of economic integration in the context of historical and current debates about the nature of political economy, allowing you to explore how these different theoretical approaches can be successfully applied to policy choices and empirical puzzles in the EU as a whole and in its member-states.

Graduate destinations

Former graduates pursue successful careers in politics, business, diplomacy, consultancy, journalism, and in international organisations and financial institutions. Students from this programme are actively head hunted by companies and international organisations working in the region.

Visit the MSc Political Economy of Europe page on the London School of Economics and Political Science website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Nina Peacock

1630.jpg I chose LSE for its status as an internationally recognised university and for its one-year graduate programme, as opposed to the US two-year MA system. The MSc in European Political Economy was an ideal progression from my undergraduate studies, which focused on international relations, economics, and the European Union. Additionally, LSE's location in the UK, which is typically seen as a bridge between US and European relations, made it a compelling place to pursue European studies. I love studying at LSE because of its cosmopolitan campus and the diversity of its student body.

Pursuing this MSc made me realize that I would love to become an academic, hence I will pursue a PhD. Before beginning a PhD program, however, I will work for at least a year in the policy field, whether in government or a think tank or both. My 20-year plan is to be a "revolving door" academic that goes in and out of policy-making and academia.

(Student Profile)

Cecile Ortlieb

1631.jpg I completed my MSc in European Political Economy from the London School of Economics' European Institute in 2007.The inspiring professors at the European Institute revealed fundamental aspects of the raison d'etre of the European Union and the intentions behind its creation. Their knowledge of the political economic dynamics in Europe informed before its time the roots of the economic and political crisis we have recently witnessed. In 2007 climate change issues were brought under the economic light by Sir Nicholas Stern. In this light I wanted to understand the role Europe can play in providing sustainable solutions and support to those nations seeking solutions to climate change and establishing a sustainable path. I focused my dissertation on the energy sector and the development of renewable energy use in Europe by highlighting the political economic framework environment shaping energy policy. Together with a small team I then contributed to the launch of the Prince of Wales Rainforests Project. We established a multi-stakeholder dialogue that could enable private public sector partnerships focusing on economic solutions addressing deforestation in the tropical rainforests. I joined Kimberly Clark in 2008 to act as a sustainability adviser. I am now leading the strategy and stakeholders engagement for sustainability in emerging and developing markets for Kimberly Clark. In my spare time I like to support and learn from charities and social entrepreneurs delivering positive social, economic and environmental innovation where needed.


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 social science, including contemporary history and international relations. English standard level.

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