How to contact us
Charlotte Milne
Executive MSc Programme Manager
Tel: +44 (0)20 7107 5437
Clara Cook
Executive MSc Programme Administrator
Tel: +44 (0)20 7106 1906



Frequently asked questions

This page lists some frequently asked questions. If your particular question is not addressed below or elsewhere on the site then please get in touch.


How do I find out more information about funding the programme?

As a programme for working professionals, this degree is not eligible for the Graduate Support Scheme.


Additional funding may be available from sources listed on the LSE Financial Support page.  For more information and to find out if any funding is available to you, contact the Financial Support Office by clicking here.


Certain loans may also be available depending on your situation.  For further information on loan eligibility please contact the Fees Office directly by clicking here.



What is the cost of the degree?


About £10,816 for Year One and about £10,816 for Year Two.  This includes access to all LSE facilities such as the library facilities and electronic resources.



Will travel expenses be included?

No, travel expenses will not be included in the fee.




How do I apply?

To apply for the Executive MSc Political Economy of Europe please see how to apply page.  If you have any questions on this please do not hesitate to contact our programme manager on email.



What is the application deadline?

Candidates are considered on a rolling admissions basis, with offers made as early as January until spring or summer for the following December intake. Although offers are made throughout the academic year, it is in your interest to apply as soon as possible.



What references are required?

We ask that you submit one professional reference and one academic reference. Two professional references may be submitted for candidates who have been out of school for five years or longer. More than two references may be submitted.



How much work experience is required?

 3-4 years +

You should also make sure you have the support of your employer to attend all modules.



Programme Queries

Why apply for this programme

The Executive Masters degree in the Political Economy of Europe provides you with the tools to think about these problems systematically and assess the likelihood of different scenarios for Europe. But it does more. The degree 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.


When does the programme start?

The programme will start around the third week in December each academic year.



What kind of teaching methods will be used?

Each course is based on a combination of interactive seminars and preparatory homework during the eight week-long sessions spread over two years.  For a detailed programme schedule please download here. 


What kind of work will I have to do to prepare for the intensive teaching sessions?

Remote access to required and recommended reading materials will be available prior to each teaching session.  Students will prepare for sessions through distant supervised homework.


Will I have a personal tutor?

Yes, each student will be allocated a member of the degree teaching staff as a personal tutor and a dedicated advisor for the dissertation work.


What support will be offered between modules?

Throughout the course of the programme students will have access to a sophisticated online learning platform (Moodle) so they can stay connected in between modules.  Faculty will use this to plan intersession activities such as revision sessions and discussions. Students can submit assignments through the site. The administration will use it to communicate with the class for important announcements and reminders.  By using the online technology students will remain an active part of the LSE community from wherever they are based in the world.


How will my work be assessed?

Each course will have one piece of coursework - usually a 2,000 word essay - and a take-home examination in which students are expected to take about 48 hours to answer two questions chosen from among 8 in a 2000 word essay.  All participants will also complete a MSc dissertation (of about 6000-7000 words) with the supervision of a member of LSE staff.


Can my dissertation be related to my everyday work activities?

Yes and if necessary, examinars can sign data confidentiality agreements for commercially sensitive information.  Dissertations will only be seen by those who have signed such a confidentiality agreement.


 How long will it take to receive a degree?

The MSc will take two years.  We also offer certificate and diploma options based on the number of courses taken.  You can receive a Certificate if you have completed and passed four half units (two sessions/one year) of coursework.  You can receive a Diploma if you have completed and passed six half-units (three sessions/1.5 years).  You receive a MSc if you complete and pass eight half units (four sessions/2 years) and a dissertation.  If you complete less that four half units, you may receive a certificate of attendance.



 Will I have the privileges of full-time and part-time MSc students?

Yes, this includes library privileges  both on-campus and off-campus and an LSE email account.  It also includes access to the School's dining and pub facilities

 Will you provide accommodation during the intensive teaching sessions in London?

No, this is not included in the course fee.  However, the Programme Office at LSE can assist in providing information about short-term accommodation

Will there be facilities to work remotely while in London?

Wireless internet is available through the LSE campus.  We can facilitate other communication needs in cases of emergency.  You will also have access to the library including desktop computers and meeting rooms to work remotely

What if I miss a class/am late for a class because of work commitments?

We understand that students may have to miss some lectures or classes because of work commitments.  Attendance is monitored, so we ask that you let your programme manager know when you cannot attend.  Given the level and nature of the taught material, and the benefits of interaction with faculty and other students, it is highly recommended that you miss as little of the lecture and class time as possible

 What happens if I am unable to finish the degree?

Depending on the results in the courses you finished you will receive a Diploma or a Certificate of Attendance

 What happens if I fail an examination?

You will be allowed to re-sit the examination for that course once under conditions that are similar to the first attempt