MSc European Studies (Research)

Our Master's Degrees

The MSc in European Studies (Research) allows students to combine the study of substantive themes in European integration with a stronger emphasis on methodological training.

One of the main reasons which motivated me to choose LSE was the European Institute, which is an interdisciplinary hub for the study of Europe and related issues. Lior Herman, former MSc European Studies (Research) student 

Our Research MSc programme offers a contextualised exploration of European Institutions and the chance to gain a comparative understanding of different geographical regions. The EI offer expert guidance on the design of research questions and encourage you to engage with both qualitative and quantitative methods, working to inspire innovative and creative research.

As an interdisciplinary Institute our research students have the benefit of support from a range of world-renowned and distinguished academics. Your MSc will draw on the areas of economics, political science, philosophy, law and geography, enabling you to gain in depth knowledge across a varietyof disciplines. In addition to this our strong emphasis on methodological training will ensure you are well equipped to tackle research questions.Through our methodological training, and extensive expertise,you will be well positioned to join our other successful EI graduates working for the European Commission, national ministries, think tanks and world-class consultancies.

Programme Specifications

What our students say 

Natalia Petrovova, Košice, Slovak Republic (Class of 2013/4)


"I decided to apply for the MSc European Studies (Research) degree because it combines exactly what I needed after completing my degree in Economics. My aim was to improve my research skills, as well as develop my knowledge on a range of topics on Europe and the European Union. The degree offers a range of exceptional subjects, and I have particularly enjoyed the subject choice within my stream- Politics and Government in the EU. The degree provided me with an understanding of EU processes and policy-making which I believe will be particularly beneficial to my future career. Moreover, the European Institute offers students the chance to experience many combinations of course choices. This led me to take courses from the Departments of Social Policy and Methodology. I attended various quantitative and qualitative methods courses; I particularly enjoyed the Applied Regression Analysis course which I know will be beneficial for my dissertation, research and my future PhD studies. I regard my time at the European Institute as a great privilege. I feel honoured to have worked with the academic staff and my diligent classmates and to have experienced the excellent variety of resources and events that LSE offers. Our Students’ Union offers a range of societies to join, such as the LSE SU Debate Society. This helped me to become a better speaker which in turn enabled me to be a better participant at the Model European Union events in Bratislava (December 2013) and in Strasbourg (April 2014). Furthermore, studying at LSE has allowed me to take advantage of London’s endless opportunities to improve my skills, through volunteering and internships, joining LSE SU Amnesty International’s campaign on children’s rights and working at the political unit of the Slovak Embassy in London. As the Student Representative for the MSc European Studies (Research), I obtained feedback from my fellow classmates. As a consequence I can reassure future applicants that this programme is excellent in every detail!"

Anna Auf Dem Brinke, Berlin, Germany (Class of 2009/10)


"The MSc European Studies (Research) was the perfect degree for me because I was interested in research and already knew that I wanted to pursue a PhD afterwards. The European Institute offers a very well-designed research seminar for MSc (Research) students and first-year PhD students, which is also attended by students from other departments because of the pluralist perspective it offers. That way, the degree is truly interdisciplinary and a great preparation for advanced research seminars and colloquia. Students can chose one core course and two optional courses from the wide range of courses offered by the department. I attended European Political Economy and courses which built on my undergraduate studies in economics. The combination of lectures and seminars taught by the academic staff were excellent and covered a wide range of topics in depth. Students are also offered the opportunity to take classes at the Methodology Institute where you are able to specialise in the methodological skills most relevant to your own research. As an MSc (Research) student I felt very well integrated into the researcher community - it is indeed very easy to make use of the many workshops the LSE offers for PhD students. In addition, the European Institute and the LSE offer public lectures of outstanding quality with world-renowned speakers. The MSc (Research) gives you an excellent headstart into your PhD."

Lior Herman, Jerusalem, Israel(Class of 2005/6)

Lior Herman

"One of the main reasons which motivated me to choose LSE was the European Institute, which is an interdisciplinary hub for the study of Europe and related issues. The combination of various disciplines under a single roof had sparked a true dialogue across academic fields which profoundly enriches my research.

One area where this conversation takes place is the PhD research seminar on European Studies, which attracts many students, also from other LSE departments. An important element influencing my decision to choose the European Institute is its excellent PhD training programme, comprised of a research oriented MSc (Research) degree specialising in my field of political economy, followed by three years of supervised research. The MSc (Research) programme was constructed of a comprehensive core course in European Political Economy, quantitative and research methods trainings, as well as a variety of courses which I could choose and tailor according to my particular interests.

Furthermore, we were encouraged to orient our masters dissertation as pilot projects for our PhD thesis, which significantly improved the quality of research in the second year and saved us a lot of time. Such a programme compliments my individual research with important knowledge and academic tools."