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In 2011/12, over 95.7% of leavers from the European Institute were in employment, completing further study or taking time out just six months after graduation.

Graduates from the European Institute have demonstrated their ability to apply the numerous skills developed during their studies at LSE within a wide range of employment sectors, including

  • local, national and EU government
  • charitable and voluntary organisations
  • journalism
  • public relations and affairs
  • research
  • banking and financial services

The average starting salary of graduates from the European Institute in 2011/12 was £27,300.

To find out more about LSE graduate destinations by specific European Institute degree programmes, see graduate destinations by course|.

Graduate Profiles

Ingrid Kylstad, MSc European Studies: Ideas and Identities, 2008/09

Ingrid KylstadBefore my dissertation was handed in, and months before the final results were out, the academic experiences I had made during my year at the LSE studying for an MSc in European Studies: Ideas and Identities helped me secure an internship at the Norwegian embassy in Berlin. Coming from a European country that is not a member of the EU, I have always been aware of the fact that Europe is so much more than just the EU. Ideas and Identities is a program that argues that understanding the EU is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for understanding European politics and societies. This approach I believe is what makes the degree so relevant for anyone aspiring to work with European affairs, one way or the other – and what makes Ideas and Identities graduates relevant for a wide range of employers. Upon graduating from the European Institute in 2009, I had my eyes set on Brussels and the European affairs community. Shortly after concluding my internship in Berlin, I got the chance to move to Brussels to work for a Norwegian EU affairs consultancy. My work includes policy monitoring, political consulting, lobby campaigns and running EU training projects for EU candidate countries in the Western Balkans. In short, my job is diverse and requires the kind of integrated, interdisciplinary thinking that Ideas and Identities taught me. Fundamentally, the year at the European Institute gave me the confidence to think independently about Europe, and the encouragement to also look beyond the EU for clues as to what Europe can be. The combined effect of the reputation of the LSE and the curriculum choices I made helps explain why I was able to get to where I wanted to be upon graduating. Another important factor is the LSE alumni network. It is something you do not really appreciate until you graduate, but then you come to realize the strength of it. LSE alumni are everywhere, and can be great door openers. In short, Ideas and Identities is a great choice for anyone interested in working with European politics, but who does not want to be limited to working with EU affairs only. And a final piece of advice: talk to prospective employers about your course choices; give them a quick tour of your dissertation, show enthusiasm, connect with alumni – in combination with the strong reputation of the LSE, it will eventually get you the job you want.

Julian Hoerner, MSc European Studies (Research), 2010/11

HoernerI attended the MSc European Studies (Research) during the 2010/11 academic year and was then successful in securing a place on the European Institute’s MPhil/PhD in European Studies the following year. I chose the MSc European Studies (Research) because of its special emphasis on training in research design and methods. I attended courses at the Department of Methodology in quantitative methods and a research design seminar at the European Institute. The skills I learned here were very useful for me when starting my PhD, but also proved to be an advantage for my fellow students who went into business and public affairs. Besides this special focus on qualitative and quantitative methods, the MSc (Research) enables to you to choose courses from the three streams of the European Institute and even allows you a bit more flexibility in the course choice than the other degree programmes. My specialist courses in Politics and Government in the European Union were a great opportunity to build on my undergraduate work in European Studies while simultaneously helping me to narrow down my research topic for the PhD. The great thing about the MSc (Research) is that it allows you to read for a self-standing Master’s degree at an excellent university while simultaneously being able to start working on your research project and getting a glimpse on what it is like to be a doctoral researcher. The MSc (Research) is thus a great degree if you want to study Europe from a variety of angles while strengthening your methodological and analytical skills, regardless of whether you want to stay in academia or not.

Brian Duggan, MSc Politics and Government in the European Union, 2007-09

Brian DugganI 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.

Maria Teixeira de Melo, MSc Political Economy of Europe, 2011/12

Maria-Teixeira-de-MeloAfter graduating from the MSc Political Economy of Europe in 2012, I started working at the European Commission, in Directoral General for Enlargement. This degree programme was key not only for my work at the European Commission but also for my overall understanding of the ways of working of such an institution. The MSc strengthened my knowledge about the EU and its neighbouring countries, namely the Western Balkans. At LSE I had the opportunity to meet high-profile academics and excellent professors that changed the way I envisaged political economy in Europe. My own views were constantly being challenged, either by the professors or by my peers, which triggered my capacity to build up strong, coherent and well-grounded arguments for my ideas. I learned how to think critically and engage in debates and discussions, putting forward consistent arguments. This skill proved to be essential in several meetings, discussions and reports I had to produce in a work context. Throughout the MSc we were always encouraged to think outside the box and to consider different explanations for a given fact. Discussing issues and exchanging ideas often continued after class, over a pint at The George, and it was thrilling to have the chance to do so with such a multidisciplinary and multicultural group of people. This dynamic environment is, in my opinion, what makes LSE unique. I feel that my time at LSE’s European Institute is constantly opening new doors in the job market and proves more and more helpful as my career evolves. I will now start a position at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and I am absolutely sure that, once again, what I learnt whilst at LSE will be essential for the success of my performance in this new position.

Irene de Lorenzo-Cáceres Cantero, LSE-Sciences Po Double Degree in European Studies, 2008-10

Irene de LorenzoWhen I applied for the LSE – Sciences Po Double Degree in European Studies in 2008, I was a convinced young European who wanted to contribute her best to the European Union, especially through the creation of a true European identity. Nonetheless, in the course of my first year at Sciences Po, my academic and professional horizons were enlarged thanks to the contact with inspiring scholars such as Eiko Thielemann, who introduced me to a whole new topic which I soon became completely passionate about: international migration. In this regard, the flexibility of the European Institute's MSc programmes allowed me to specialise in international and EU migration policies during my year at LSE, with a focus on the human rights and development issues at stake. This shift was also evident in my extracurricular engagement at Sciences Po and LSE: whereas I fully participated in the vibrant student life of both schools, it was in London that I became involved with student societies like Amnesty International to help defend the rights of immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers. The combination of my theoretical knowledge of EU migration policy and practical experience of human rights advocacy at grassroots level allowed me to coordinate a petition campaign launched by the Brussels-based NGO 'December 18' to urge EU Member States to ratify the UN Migrant Workers Convention immediately after finishing my dissertation at LSE in August 2010. In January 2011 I moved to New York and started interning at the Permanent Mission of Spain to the United Nations, with the main purpose of getting a migration-related job within the UN System. I owe the Double Degree for having widened the scope of my professional ambitions from the European to the global level, as well as having allowed me to find a new overall direction for my career: giving migration policies worldwide a more humane face, one of the main challenges which the international community will be confronted with in the coming decades.