MSc EU Politics

  • Graduate taught
  • European Institute
  • Application code M1UM
  • Starting 2018
  • UK/EU full-time: Closed
  • UK/EU part-time: Closed
  • Overseas full-time: Closed
  • Overseas part-time: Closed
  • Location: London

This programme offers a multidisciplinary analysis of contemporary European Union government, politics and public policy, including its impact on the EU member states and the broader international system.

Its broad spectrum of courses draws on comparative political science, international relations, European Union law and European political economy and is based across three Departments: the European Institute, and the Departments of Government and International Relations.

The programme covers a wide array of topics across more than fifty courses, and you will have the opportunity to draw on the expertise of the largest number of academic experts in European government, politics and public policy to be found anywhere in Europe.

In addition to gaining a thorough knowledge of the EU, you will be able to analyse it in a multifaceted way which combines problem-solving and detailed empirical knowledge with the latest theoretical perspectives. We provide training in advanced analytical research skills combined with hands-on practical insights into EU politics and policy-making.

Programme details

Key facts

MSc EU Politics
Start date 27 September 2018
Application deadline None – rolling admissions. However please note the funding deadlines
Duration 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time 
Applications 2016 206
Intake 2016 52
Availability UK/EU: Closed
Overseas: Closed
Tuition fee UK/EU: £20,904
Overseas: £20,904
Financial support Graduate support scheme (deadline 26 April 2018)
Minimum entry requirement 2:1 degree or equivalent, preferably in a social science subject
GRE/GMAT requirement None
English language requirements Standard (see 'assessing your application')
Location  Houghton Street, London

For more information about tuition fees and entry requirements, see the fees and funding and assessing your application sections.

Programme structure and courses

You must take courses to the value of three units and a dissertation. The programme is divided into three main parts:

Part I: Foundation

A choice of two out of three courses which provide a basic training in the history and theory of European integration, an introduction to central debates in European Union politics and government, and analyses of the EU in the world.

(* denotes a half unit)

History and Theory of European Integration* 
Examines the causes and nature of European Integration.

Policy-Making in the European Union* 
Provides a detailed knowledge of how national and EU institutions interact in European policymaking.

The EU in the World
Covers the development of the external activities of the European communities since 1957, including the development of European political cooperation and the Common Foreign and Security Policy.

Part II: Specialisation

You will choose courses to the value of one and a half or two units (depending on compulsory course selections) from a range of options including, but not limited to: policy-making and public policy in the European Union; democracy and representation; state and economy; ideas of Europe; regional and domestic politics in Europe; and the international relations of Europe. You can choose to to have a degree specialisation by taking courses to a total value of at least one full unit from one of the programme's specialist clusters.

  • Cluster 1: Policy Making and Public Policy in the European Union
  • Cluster 2: Integration and Forms of Governance in the European Union
  • Cluster 3: Democracy and Representation in the European Union 
  • Cluster 4: State and Economy within the European Union
  • Cluster 5: Ideas of Europe 
  • Cluster 6: Regional and Domestic Politics in Europe 
  • Cluster 7: The International Relations of Europe
  • Cluster 8: Methods

Part III: Dissertation

You will complete a 10,000 word essay on an advanced topic of relevance to the programme. Additionally, you will take Research Methods and Design in EU Politics to prepare for the dissertation, and are recommended to take Engaging with Europe: Professional Skills – a programme of guest lectures from distinguished external speakers, including policy-makers, journalists and analysts from think tanks and business.

An independent research project of 10,000 words on an approved topic of your choice.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that that the School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises.

You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated graduate course and programme information page.

Teaching and assessment

Contact hours and independent study

The average taught course contact hours per half unit is 20-30 hours and a full unit is 40-60 hours. This includes sessions such as lectures, classes, seminars or workshops. Hours vary according to courses and you can view indicative details in the Calendar within the Teaching section of each course guide.

You are also expected to complete independent study outside of class time. This varies depending on the programme, but requires you to manage the majority of your study time yourself, by engaging in activities such as reading, note-taking, thinking and research.

Teaching methods

LSE is internationally recognised for its teaching and research and therefore employs a rich variety of teaching staff with a range of experience and status. Courses may be taught by individual members of faculty, such as lecturers, senior lecturers, readers, associate professors and professors. Many departments now also employ guest teachers and visiting members of staff, LSE teaching fellows and graduate teaching assistants who are usually doctoral research students and in the majority of cases, teach on undergraduate courses only. You can view the indicative details for the teacher responsible for each course in the relevant course guide.


All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. LSE uses a range of formative assessment, such as essays, problem sets, case studies, reports, quizzes, mock exams and many others. Summative assessment may be conducted during the course or by final examination at the end of the course. An indication of the formative coursework and summative assessment for each course can be found in the relevant course guide.

Academic support

You will also be assigned an academic adviser who will be available for guidance and advice on academic or personal concerns.

There are many opportunities to extend your learning outside the classroom and complement your academic studies at LSE. LSE LIFE is the School’s centre for academic, personal and professional development. Some of the services on offer include: guidance and hands-on practice of the key skills you will need to do well at LSE: effective reading, academic writing and critical thinking; workshops related to how to adapt to new or difficult situations, including development of skills for leadership, study/work/life balance and preparing for the world of work; and advice and practice on working in study groups and on cross-cultural communication and teamwork.

LSE is committed to enabling all students to achieve their full potential and the School’s Disability and Wellbeing Service provides a free, confidential service to all LSE students and is a first point of contact for all disabled students.


Preliminary reading

D Dinan Europe Recast: A History of European Union (Palgrave, 1998) 

J Habermas The Crisis of the European Union: a response (Polity, 2012)

S Hix What’s Wrong with the European Union and How to Fix it (Polity, 2008)

S Hix and B Hoyland The Political System of the European Union (Palgrave, 2011)

T Judt Postwar: a history of Europe since 1945 (Heinemann, 2005)

G Majone Dilemmas of European Integration (Oxford University Press, 2005)

J-C Piris The Future of Europe: towards a two speed EU? (Cambridge University Press, 2011)

F Scharpf Governing in Europe (Oxford University Press, 1998)


The programme is ideal for those considering a career that deals with European and global issues. The programme is an excellent preparation for further research work. Former graduates pursue successful careers in EU institutions, national governments, business, politics, academia, journalism and non-governmental organisations. LSE maintains excellent links with leading centres for the academic study of contemporary Europe and with the EU and national institutions.

Many leading organisations give careers presentations at the School during the year, and the Careers Service has a wide range of resources available to assist students in their job search. 

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme 

Support for your career

Many leading organisations give careers presentations at the School during the year, and LSE Careers has a wide range of resources available to assist students in their job search. Find out more about the support available to students through LSE Careers.

Student stories

Nicholas Charalambides

MSc EU Politics
London, UK


LSE’s European Institute is one of the foremost places to study the EU, making it my first choice to complete a Masters in EU politics. The MSc was extremely flexible, allowing a wide variety of different courses, in various fields, to be taken. The European Institute also contains the Hellenic Observatory, one of the leading research centres on contemporary Greece and Cyprus, which I have a particular interest in. I was able to secure an internship at the Observatory, helping develop my knowledge in this area, with their public seminar and event programme.

Outi Ruusuvirta

MSc EU Politics



I find the general atmosphere at LSE inspiring. In seminars, there's a real debate and discussion and when you see others working hard, it inspires you to try even harder, too. But it's not only the academic side of things, we have a very nice group of people in my MSc programme and we do lots of things together outside studying; weekly pub night on Wednesdays, and almost every weekend somebody organises a party or a get-together.

Assessing your application

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified prospective students and want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation, irrespective of their background.

We carefully consider each application on an individual basis, taking into account all the information presented on your application form, including your:

- academic achievement (including predicted and achieved grades)
- personal statement
- two academic references
- CV

See further information on supporting documents

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although you do not need to provide this at the time of your application to LSE. See our English language requirements.

When to apply

Applications for this programme are considered on a rolling basis, meaning the programme will close once it becomes full. There is no fixed deadline by which you need to apply, however to be considered for any LSE funding opportunity, you must have submitted your application and all supporting documents by the funding deadline. See the fees and funding section for more details. 

Minimum entry requirements for MSc EU Politics

Upper second class honours (2:1) degree or equivalent in any discipline, however a degree in social science is preferable.

Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you meet the minimum entry requirement, this does not guarantee you an offer of admission.

See international entry requirements 

Fees and funding

Every graduate student is charged a fee for their programme.

The fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It does not cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.

Tuition fees 2018/19 for MSc EU Politics

UK/EU students: £20,904
Overseas students: £20,904

Fee status

For this programme, the tuition fee is the same for all students regardless of their fee status. However any financial support you are eligible for will depend on whether you are classified as a Home (UK/EU) or Overseas student, otherwise known as your fee status. LSE assesses your fee status based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education.

Further information

Fees and funding opportunities

Fee reduction

Students who completed undergraduate study at LSE and are beginning taught graduate study at the School are eligible for a fee reduction of around 10 per cent of the fee.

Please refer to the Fees Office website for further information.

Scholarships and other funding

The School recognises that the cost of living in London may be higher than in your home town or country, and we provide over £11.5 million in scholarships each year to graduate students from the UK, EU and overseas.

This programme is eligible for needs-based awards from LSE, including the Graduate Support SchemeMaster's Awards, and Anniversary Scholarships

Selection for any funding opportunity is based on receipt of an application for a place – including all ancillary documents, before the funding deadline. 
Funding deadline for needs-based awards from LSE: 26 April 2018.

In addition to our needs-based awards, LSE also makes available scholarships for students from specific regions of the world and awards for students studying specific subject areas. 

Check the latest information about scholarship opportunities

Government tuition fee loans and external funding

A postgraduate loan is available from the UK government for eligible students studying for a first master’s programme, to help with fees and living costs. Some other governments and organisations also offer tuition fee loan schemes.

Find out more about tuition fee loans
Find out more about external funding opportunities 

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