How to apply

For entry in 2015/16, we highly encourage all applicants to apply as early as possible and no later than 12 January 2015, if they wish to be considered for scholarships or awards.

Applications for research are welcome in one of the Institute’s four broad research themes: European governance and democracy; European economy and political economy; European society, ideas and identities; and European affairs beyond the EU borders. We encourage applications to our MPhil/PhD programme in European Studies from outstanding students who wish to undertake research that falls within the expertise of at least one of our permanent faculty members and within the themes listed above.

Admission to the MPhil/PhD is conditional on obtaining a good merit on a previous MSc degree, normally defined as an overall average of 65 per cent or above and 70 per cent or above on the dissertation (a distinction). Students who have not already taken a master's degree or equivalent will normally be recommended to apply for one of the Institute’s own taught masters programmes. The minimum School English language entry requirement for MPhil/PhD students is 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components and a minimum of 7.0 in the writing component.

Qualifying students should submit a short research proposal (not more than 2,000 words) outlining their main research question(s), methodology, and sources with their application. This proposal will allow us to assess the strength of the proposed project and the availability of appropriate supervision within the Institute. We also require applicants to submit a sample of marked written work. A short-list of applicants will be invited to attend an interview at the School. Where an interview cannot be conducted in person, Skype interviews can usually be arranged instead.

If you are interested in applying to our research programme, information regarding application and admission can be viewed in the LSE Graduate Admissions| page. 

Click here| to watch a useful video on how to apply for graduate study.

For more details on the European Institute’s research programme, please click here|.