European Political Economy and Innovation

LSE Custom Programmes

A term at LSE for Basque professionals

A once in a lifetime opportunity and a true career boost for participants.

A once in a lifetime opportunity and a true career boost for participants

The European Political Economy and Finance programme draws on academics from the European Institute, the Government Department and the Department of International Relations. Postgraduate lectures are combined with daily specialist seminars.

Previous years' modules have included: The European Union in the World, International Political Economy and Political Economy of Europe.

You will be guided around several UK institutions such as the House of Commons and local government offices. You will also attend guest lectures, seminars and workshops with external and specialist speakers.  

In the past, talks have been given by:

  • Professor Mick Cox, International Relations Department, LSE
  • Sir John Bourn, Ex-Controller and Auditor General, National Audit Office
  • Professor Ian Gordon, Department of Geography and Environment, LSE
  • Professor Kevin Featherstone, European Institute, LSE
  • Mr Nilesh Dattani, Department of Management, LSE
  • Professor Francis Terry, LSE Enterprise
  • Dr Robyn Klinger-Vidra, LSE Enterprise
  • Baroness Barker, House of Lords

You have the opportunity to attend LSE's public lectures, many of which will be relevant to your studies. For example, previous participants have attended talks by John Hutton, UK Secretary of State for Regulation and Business.

If your query is not answered below, please contact Vanessa Termes on +44 (0)20 7852 3688 /

Frequently asked questions

Programme outline

Click here to see the full programme outline for 2019.

Why study at LSE?

LSE is global in outlook and culturally diverse in character. It is based in the heart of London, one of the most exciting cities in the world, between Covent Garden and the City of London. LSE is one of the top social science universities worldwide and has the highest percentage of world-leading research of any UK university.

How do I apply?

When and where do I apply?

Details of applications for 2019 will be available in due course.

What will the structure of the interview be?

The interview will be made up of two parts: a 15-minute panel interview, with representatives from the Diputación Foral de Bizkaia and the London School of Economics and Political Science, followed by a 15-minute English language assessment. The interview will be held in English.

Once I have submitted my application what is the next step?

The Diputación Foral de Bizkaia will contact you regarding your application and if you are selected you will be invited for an interview. Within three weeks of your initial interview, the Diputación will contact you with the outcome.

What happens when I have been selected?

A member of the LSE team will contact you with further information about the programme within two weeks. Once all of the participants have been selected you will be invited to informally meet the rest of the group in Bilbao. You will also be put in contact with previous participants who will be available to assist you.

How much will it cost?

What does the scholarship cover?

The scholarship will cover the full tuition cost and accommodation in London. Flights to and from London and living expenses are not included in the scholarship.

How much does living in London cost?

London is suitable for all budgets. One of the most expensive components of your stay will be accommodation and transport. You may find this New arrivals guide useful. (LSE is not responsible for the information given in this link.)

What is included in the accommodation?

Accommodation will be organised for the group and will include broadband internet. Your bills (gas, electricity, water and council tax) will also be covered. The cost of telephone calls will not be covered. Your accommodation will be fully furnished, including bed linen and kitchen equipment.

What happens when I arrive?

When should I arrive in London?

You can arrive in London on the Sunday before the first day of class. Check-in is open from 3pm and check-out is before 10.30am. When you arrive at Northumberland House you will be given keys and shown the facilities by the reception staff.

What information will I receive before my arrival?

You will receive a welcome pack two weeks before your arrival, which will include directions from the airport, a programme schedule and outline, contact details and logistical information.

How do I need to prepare for the course?

You will be advised to familiarise yourself with current EU debates. In addition, a selection of pre-readings will be available for participants. 

What is the schedule for the first day?

You will go to LSE for an induction to the programme and School.

This will include:

  • Programme induction
  • Library induction and tour
  • Campus tour
  • Library and IT induction
  • Academic orientation
  • Study skills session
  • Welcome reception

You will also receive an induction pack and course materials.

How will I be taught and assessed?

How many hours do I have to study?

In addition to your lessons, we would recommend five or six hours a day of private study. Pre-reading is required for all seminars and lectures. In addition, you may be required to prepare topics or presentations related to the seminar themes.

What is the format of the programme?

You will attend several LSE master's-level lectures on European Political Economy and Innovation. You will need to read for each course. In addition, you will have a minimum of two seminars with the course teacher, requiring in-depth preparation for discussion.

You will also have a weekly seminar with the Academic Coordinator, who will set readings and topics. This will also provide a forum to discuss your individual objectives and required assessments.

You will attend a series of guest lectures and public lectures.

How will the course be assessed?

The course will be assessed via one written essay of 2,000 words, a book review of 800 words and two ten-minute oral presentations. All documents need to be submitted via Moodle before 5pm on the agreed deadline.

All successful participants will receive an LSE Custom Programmes Certificate at the end of the course.

What if I have a problem?

The Academic Coordinator will act as your teaching mentor and is your first port of call if you have any difficulty with a topic or a class. They will help you overcome any issues and may refer you to extra lessons or readings.

What LSE facilities will be available?

All participants will have access to the LSE library and LSE intranet, which includes access to the LSE online learning environment, Moodle. In addition, you will receive an LSE Student card which will allow you to access the campus and provide you with a discount at some retailers.

The LSE library will be your first port of call to access materials. In addition, you will be able to access a large library of journals electronically from both campus and home.

If you do not have a laptop, the LSE has several computer rooms which you can access around campus. In addition, LSE has laptop areas and study rooms which you are welcome to use.