This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

All teachers of taught courses within the European Institute.


This course is compulsory on the MSc in European Studies (Research), MSc in European Studies: Ideas, Ideologies and Identities, MSc in European Studies: Ideas, Ideologies and Identities (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in Political Economy of Europe and MSc in Political Economy of Europe (LSE and Sciences Po). This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

Students are required to write a 10,000-word dissertation on a topic within the field of their chosen programme. Those seeking further guidance on topic selection should approach their Academic Advisor in the first instance. The dissertation need not be an account of original research- in some cases it will rely exclusively on secondary sources- but it should be the product of work done independently by the student. In preparation for the dissertation, students must submit Dissertation Topic Proposal and Approval Forms and a 2,000 word essay. Failure to submit either document will result in the student not being able to submit the Dissertation. Following the submission of the Dissertation Topic Approval Form, a student will receive notification in writing from the EI’s Programmes and Events Office as to whether it has been finally approved or not - a student cannot progress to the submission of the dissertation without such approval. Students are strongly advised to attend the EU410 Interdisciplinary Research Methods and Design lectures on how to conduct research and write a dissertation. Detailed information on timing, deadlines and presentation can be found in the European Institute Handbook for Master's Degree Students.


Lectures are scheduled as part of EU410 Interdisciplinary Research Methods and Design with five lectures in Michaelmas Term and five lectures in Lent Term (weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10). 

Formative coursework

A 2,000 word essay (prospectus) is to be submitted at the start of the Summer Term. 


Dissertation (100%, 10000 words) post-summer term.

Student performance results

(2012/13 - 2014/15 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 26.1
Merit 51.5
Pass 20.7
Fail 1.7

Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2015/16: 80

Average class size 2015/16: Unavailable

Controlled access 2015/16: No

Value: One Unit

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