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MSc European Studies: Ideas and Identities

About the MSc programme

The programme provides a philosophically and historically grounded, multi-disciplinary analysis of Europe as a social, political and cultural space, led by teachers of academic distinction, with experience of policy-making in Europe. In the degree students will explore the increasingly important public debate on the meaning and limits of 'Europe'; the relationship between civil society and the state in Europe; the relevance of a transnational sociology; the domestic impact of the European Union for citizenship and identity; and the cultural and policy implications of national and ethnic diversity and migration.

Applicants for the programme should have a good upper second or first class degree, or a GPA of 3.5 or better in any of the arts, humanities or social sciences.

Programme details

Students take six half units (one full unit may replace two half units) and write a 10,000 word essay on an approved topic. In addition, all students must take Interdisciplinary Research Methods and Design to prepare for the dissertation. Students must also attend European Union: Contemporary Issues - a programme of guest lectures from distinguished outside speakers, including policy makers. Students can expect an average of 180 hours of teaching.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

Students will additionally be expected to choose a total of two full units from a range of options.

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations|.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

Former graduates pursue successful careers in politics, journalism, research, diplomacy, business and in international institutions and NGOs. Students from our programmes are actively head-hunted by international organisations working in the region.


Application code: L2E2 (check availability|)

Start date: 2 October 2014

Duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time

Intake/application in 2012: 28/97

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree in any of the arts, humanities or social science disciplines (see entry requirements|)

English requirements: Higher (see English requirements|)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: £17,880

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support|)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions

A photo of Ksenija Pavlovic, an LSE student|