The sovereign debt crisis of 2010, which is slowly transforming itself into a crisis of EMU, raises the spectre a four-speed Europe (the decidedly ins, the pre-outs, the never-ins and the always-outs). A new era of euro-sclerosis dawns, which prepares the ground for a deep fragmentation of the continent. The unravelling of EMU heralds the collapse of the hard-fought economic and political integration of the continent. That is one scenario. The other is a rapid political integration in response to the crisis of EMU, with member states pooling sovereignty in such areas as fiscal policy and banking regulations to match monetary union. And that, in turn, leads to the inevitable reorganization of the political system in Europe to match the transfer of sovereignty.
Why apply for this programme?
The Executive Masters degree in the Political Economy of Europe provides you with the tools to answer these questions and assess the likelihood of each of the two scenarios above and of others that may emerge as the crisis of EMU unfolds. But it does more. It also examines different aspects of economic integration, fragmentation and reform in Europe, of the establishment and evolution of democratic capitalism in Central Europe, and of the trajectories of the EU since the late 1970s. In each of these areas, Europe is facing a new and unprecedented mix of opportunities and potential crises. And problems in many of these broad areas have the tendency to spill over into any of the others – as the Euro crisis has made painfully clear.
Who is this aimed at?
The Executive Masters degree in the Political Economy of Europe offers working professionals the opportunity to earn an LSE Master’s degree while pursuing a full-time career. The programme is aimed at candidates with strong academic credentials and substantial work experience. A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is a necessary pre-requisite. The strongest applicants have at least 5 years of professional experience in international organisations, governmental organisations, or the private sector in matters related to Europe.
How is the programme structured?
The courses in the Executive Masters degree in the Political Economy of Europe are taught by experienced teaching staff in the European Institute at the LSE. Students attend eight one-week sessions at the LSE campus in central London. Evaluations consist of essays as well as written take-home exams. A key component of this Executive degree is a dissertation of up to 6,000 words on a topic individually selected. Students receive special research training and support on and off campus to guide them through their dissertation.
Over the course of the program, students have 150 face-to-face contact hours with staff, additional meetings with their tutors, and support while off-campus through online revision sessions and virtual seminars. Through the duration of the program students have full access to the LSE Library, the largest in the world devoted exclusively to the social sciences.