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MSc EU Politics

Course Description

About the MSc programme

This programme offers a multidisciplinary analysis of contemporary European Union government, politics and public policy, including its impact on the EU member states and the broader international system.

Its broad spectrum of courses draws on comparative political science, international relations, European Union law and European political economy and is based across three Departments: the European Institute, and Departments of Government and International Relations.

The programme covers a wide array of topics across more than fifty courses, and you will have the opportunity to draw on the expertise of the largest number of academic experts in European government, politics and public policy to be found anywhere in Europe.

In addition to gaining a thorough knowledge of the EU, you will be able to analyse it in a multifaceted way which combines problem-solving and detailed empirical knowledge with the latest theoretical perspectives. We provide training in advanced analytical research skills combined with hands-on practical insights into EU politics and policy-making.

Graduate destinations

The programme is ideal for those considering a career that deals with European and global issues. The programme is an excellent preparation for further research work. Former graduates pursue successful careers in EU institutions, national governments, business, politics, academia, journalism and non-governmental organisations. LSE maintains excellent links with leading centres for the academic study of contemporary Europe and with the EU and national institutions.

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

(Student Profile)

Natasha Vashisht

1632.jpg LSE's formidable reputation for political science was a major factor in my decision to apply there for a Master's degree. Although I had never studied the EU in depth before, I had come across areas of the PGEU programme in comparative government, international relations and economics at undergraduate level and had found my current affairs and career interests gravitating towards this field. Studying at the European Institute for a year allowed me to pursue a theoretically rigorous approach to understanding the EU that emphasised appreciating different academic perspectives, as well as knowing the key historical developments and institutional details. The programme has a flexible framework, offering the choice of an institutional or international relations focus, as well as the option to take courses from many other departments. Aside from the core modules, I took classes on the economics of European social policy, EU law and the European Parliament, consolidated by frequent public lectures and talks by eminent authorities (for example, the Europe Editor of the Economist). The European Institute's excellent networks means it is a hub of policy discussion and debate, which is particularly important for a field as dynamic as European studies. The Cumberland Lodge trip to discuss whether Europe is fit for the future inspired particularly lively discussions and was a great opportunity for students from different degree programmes to work together in a fun, sociable environment.

There's plenty of time to get involved in things other than studying and LSE encourages Master's students to do part-time internships, voluntary work and get as involved as possible in clubs, societies and meeting their fellow students. I had enough time to spend one day a week doing research for a charity and to be a mentor to three pupils at a local school, which was one of the most rewarding experiences of my year. The Careers Service is excellent and their advice definitely helped me to secure a traineeship at the European Commission shortly after completing my Master's – a route that many European Institute alumni seem to take.

(Student Profile)

Nicholas Charalambides

4997.jpg LSE’s European Institute is one of the foremost places to study the EU, making it my first choice to complete a Masters in EU politics. The MSc was extremely flexible, allowing a wide variety of different courses, in various fields, to be taken. The European Institute also contains the Hellenic Observatory, one of the leading research centres on contemporary Greece and Cyprus, which I have a particular interest in. I was able to secure an internship at the Observatory, helping develop my knowledge in this area, with their public seminar and event programme.

The European Institute organises a getaway to Cumberland Lodge in the Windsor countryside which is a fantastic opportunity to socialise informally with your fellow students and professors, while discussing matters relating to your programme. The Careers office at LSE also organises a European Internships Fair in Brussels, with students from the department arranging a trip to Brussels to attend the fair, in addition to in-house visits of the institutions. As a result of attending the Internships Fair, I was able to attain a traineeship in a public affairs consultancy.

(Student Profile)

Outi Ruusuvirta

4998.jpg I like the wide variety of courses from which one can pick and choose to tailor the programme to suit one's own interests and needs.

Whilst the academic record, world class researchers and lectures and the superb library at LSE were among the key determinants when I was choosing a university for my Master's, the type of people that LSE attracts was also a consideration. You can have the cleverest and most ground-breaking ideas in the world, but if there aren't people around you that you can discuss them with, and be challenged and supported by, there's not much to it.

I find the general atmosphere at LSE inspiring. In seminars, there's a real debate and discussion and when you see others working hard, it inspires you to try even harder, too. But it's not only the academic side of things, we have a very nice group of people in my MSc programme and we do lots of things together outside studying; weekly pub night on Wednesdays, almost every weekend somebody organises a party or a get-together etc.

I'm very grateful to those academics who despite their busy schedules have been happy to listen to my ideas and help develop them. As I am considering doing a PhD, this kind of informal interaction has certainly helped me.

(Student Profile)

Maxim Chantillon

5004.jpg Getting to study at LSE was like a dream coming true: it is a university with an excellent reputation at the heart of a metropolis. Before joining LSE I had a strong knowledge of EU Foreign Policy, but not so much on internal policy areas and this programme offered me the opportunity to focus on both internal and external policies. It is a strong interdisciplinary Master's programme, as one can choose from a wide range of topics. For me the strong ties between the different departments are an advantage: it creates the possibility to build your own programme and to get in touch with different views on the EU during seminars with other fellow students. The excellent staff of the European Institute, which consist of leading scholars in their field of study, are highly supportive to students, and this, in combination with the high number of public lectures and student societies create a perfect learning environment where you can broaden your scope and form your own opinion.

Of course it is not only about studying! The European Institute – and LSE in general – is an international environment, where it is easy to make friends and build contacts with people from all over the world. Once a year the EI organises a trip to Cumberland Lodge for its MSc students; we focused on several aspects of Euro scepticism, but most of all it was a perfect break during the term to enjoy with my friends. As a course representative, I organised a three-day trip to Brussels with my colleague for the other PGEU students to visit the European Institutions and to attend the European Internship Fair organised by the LSE Career Service, an excellent experience to make first contacts with future employers. The LSE Career Service is superb, they help you with everything you need to know and they have a strong network of LSE Alumni to support you.

In summary I can only state that LSE and especially the European Institute lift European studies to a higher level and prepare you in an excellent way for the job market!


Entry Requirements

2:1 degree or equivalent in a social science subject; English standard level.

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