Students from MSc Politics and Government in the European Union (formerly MSc European Studies and MSc European Politics and Governance) have gone on to a wide range of careers since graduating from LSE. The profiles below aim to showcase this diversity.
Valentin Kreilinger, MSc Politics and Government in the European Union, 2010/11
“After having completed my MSc Politics and Government in the European Union, I decided not to go back to my home country, nor to stay in London, but to go to Paris in order to start a traineeship at Notre Europe, the think-tank founded by Jacques Delors. Before moving to Paris. I was spending six weeks in Brussels in order to refresh my French and to participate in a Professional Skills Seminar for researchers in an early stage of their career in research and policy advice. At Notre Europe-Jacques Delors Institute I now work as a “Research Fellow EU Politics and Institutions” – could one imagine a position that is semantically closer to “Politics and Government in the European Union”? The negotiations on the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance (TSCG) in December 2011 and January 2012 were the ideal moment to examine in reality what I have learned about intergovernmental bargaining: I could write and publish a Policy Brief with the title “The making of a new treaty: Six rounds of political bargaining” in which I analysed the different drafts of the treaty that had been leaked. The treaty also showed that there was no “constitutional settlement” in the European Union. When I decided to study at the LSE, I had the objective to work at a think-tank afterwards, but I did not imagine that I would coordinate large EU-wide projects two years later: In my Master’s degree I acquired the skills to analyse Legislative Politics in the European Parliament. Now, in the run-up to the European Parliament elections in May 2014, Notre Europe-Jacques Delors Institute has joined forces with VoteWatch Europe and mobilised nearly 20 national think-tanks to write analyses of a set of 15 key votes that shaped EU and national politics between 2009 and 2014. Looking back, this very specialised degree at the European Institute gave me the opportunity to study exclusively what had already been my specific field of interest – and thus the MSc Politics and Government in the European Union proved extremely valuable for starting to work at a truly European think-tank with the EU as the focus of its activities.”
Katharine Deas, MSc Politics and Government in the European Union, 2008/09
"Attending LSE was a career transforming experience. With 10 years commercial experience gained in a variety of sectors, I needed to expand my understanding of the dynamic between the political landscape and business. The European Institute really fulfilled the brief. Through the masters programme I deepened my knowledge of European politics, government and history while enjoying the flexibility to examine areas of specific interest such as environmental legislation and political economy. I was able to immediately apply my LSE experience when I joined Low Carbon Workplace, a new partnership between Threadneedle, Stanhope and the Carbon Trust. I am managing director of Low Carbon Workplace Ltd, a key advisor to the Low Carbon Workplace Fund which buys office buildings, refurbishes them to very high energy efficiency standards and lets them to occupiers who receive certification to the Low Carbon Workplace Standard. LSE enabled me to develop a rigorous, analytical approach to understanding issues and frameworks, exploiting opportunities and developing strategy, at the same time as honing my communication, prioritisation and team-building skills. It has already proved an invaluable time and financial investment."
Brian Duggan, MSc Politics and Government in the European Union, 2007-2009
"I took MSc Politics and Government in the European Union part-time over the two years 2007-2009. I started the degree with an interest in but no serious knowledge of the European institutions, by the time I completed it, I was advising MEPs and Ministers on EU affairs. Something clearly went right along the way! Mid-way through the programme I began work at the European Parliamentary Labour Party, the Labour Group of MEPs, and part of the wider Social Democrat Group in the European Parliament. The role is based in London but also involves travel to Brussels and Strasbourg. It involves an awful lot of politics as you would imagine, but lots of policy too. Brussels and Westminster are often worlds that face difficulties understanding one another and working between the two offers a unique insight into public policy in both settings. As well as the strong understanding of the processes of EU decision making, the rigour with which the PGEU programme put into my writing and researching was the real skill that I draw on most today. The course also allowed to me to make a transition from being an Arts undergraduate with an interest in the political process to becoming someone skilled in the ability to undertake political and policy research. When I started at the LSE I was keen and smart but lacked some of the research skills and the knowledge that would be essential to working in the political field I wanted to break into. My time at the European Institute gave me a sustained exposure to some of the world's experts in European affairs and a student cohort that will also go on to be leaders in their fields."
Samuel Ducroquet, MSc Politics and Government in the European Union, 2006/07
"As I was about to finish my dissertation at LSE, I was offered a position at the French Permanent Representation to the EU, in the unit in charge of relations with the European Parliament. I did not hesitate and moved straight to Brussels during the first week of September. There's no doubt that my LSE degree as well as an internship at the European Union's "Quai d'Orsay" department during 2005 helped me to get the job. After two extremely interesting years spent in Brussels- during which I had the chance to experience the French presidency of the EU- I decided to stay in the diplomatic realm and joined the headquarters of the Foreign Ministry in Paris to work on EU communication matters as well as the "French influence" within the EU Institutions. Since then, I passed the diplomatic test and I am now in charge of the EU-Balkans relations. I currently work in European Union Department. More precisely, in the EU - external relations unit, where I am in charge of the relationship between the EU and the Western Balkans countries that haven't joined the EU yet. There's a wide range of issues in my portfolio, starting with pre-accession matters, in the context of the stabilization and association process, which aims to bring the Balkan countries closer to the EU. My tasks also include the management of the European pre-accession financial tool, as well as the follow-up of ESDP missions in the region (namely in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo). Given the EU’s influence in the region, this position is absolutely thrilling. As a French diplomat, I should be posted in one of our numerous embassies across the world by summer 2015 in the future. I have no idea where yet, but it feels like there is a huge range of opportunities ahead of me. Not to forget the possibility to work for the European External Action Service, which allows national as well as European civil servants to work together to conduct a unified and coherent EU foreign policy. When I knew I was admitted to the London School of Economics and Political Science, I knew my academic profile would change but I never expected such a radical turn. What struck me the most is that at LSE, everything is made for you to succeed. You benefit from the best facilities, the most advanced IT services, the most helpful academic staff. Whatever you may need, there's always someone to help you!"