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MPhil/PhD in European Studies

Admissions for the MPhil/PhD programme in European Studies at the LSE European Institute for 2015/16 entry are open. 

Applicants wishing to be considered for financial awards or scholarships must apply by 27th April 2015. 

The available financial awards/scholarships that applicants may be eligible for are: LSE PhD scholarship and ESRC (please see here for more details). In addition, a new Hellenic Observatory 4-year PhD scholarship on contemporary Greece is available. Please see here for more details.

The MPhil/PhD in European Studies welcomes applications for multi-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary research on Europe in the following areas: 

  • Governance and Democracy in Europe 
  • European Society 
  • Political Economy in Europe 
  • Europe beyond the EU 

Essential Requirements

Admission to the MPhil/PhD is conditional according to the following requirements:

  • Good Merit on a previous MSc degree (overall average of 65 per cent or above);
  • Distinction in the dissertation (70 per cent or above);
  • 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;
  • English language requirement of 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components and a minimum of 7.0 in the writing component.

More details on the EI’s research programme can be found here.

What to submit

  • A personal statement, at the beginning of which you are asked to clearly state which of the four EI research themes your proposal falls under (or is more related to).
  • 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. The LSE website offers good guidance on how to complete an application. It also offers tips on what to include in the research proposal here
  • A sample of recent, marked written work (e.g. an MSc coursework or Dissertation)
  • Two reference letters.

All applications will be processed by the School in the first instance and then passed on to the European Institute’s PhD Selection team for consideration. All shortlisted candidates will be interviewed (either face-to-face or via Skype). The LSE website also provides good guidance on how to complete an application and on what to expect at the interview here.

You may like to consider the research areas of the current European Institute staff members.

Useful Information

The European Institute’s doctoral places are highly competitive but only a few candidates may be fully funded. 

The five leading candidates will have significant funding opportunities: up to three successful candidates may be fully funded by LSE studentships while two will be eligible for substantial ESRC funding. 

You can pursue the doctorate in a wide variety of disciplines which include politics, law, economics, political economy, economic geography, philosophy and political sociology. 

You will have not one but two supervisors. There are over 100 academics across the LSE with a research interest in Europe. 

The LSE has won the UACES prize for the best PhD in European Studies, arguably the most prestigious doctoral prize, four times. 

Our doctoral researchers have published articles in a wide variety of academic journals during their doctoral studies. In 2009, a European Institute doctoral researcher won, the joint prize for the best article by anybody in the Journal of Common Market Studies. 

You will be situated in a world class social science institution with outstanding academic facilities and a powerful public profile. The European Institute alone typically offers about eight seminar or lecture series a year amounting to about 120 events.