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MSc Political Economy of Europe

About the MSc programme

The programme provides a historically grounded, multi-disciplinary analysis of European integration and national transformation processes, by teachers of academic distinction with experience of policy making in Europe.  In the degree, students focus on the main concepts of political economy relevant to the process of European integration and reform, and on major empirical trends in the economic and political development of contemporary Europe.

Applicants for the MSc Political Economy of Europe should have a good upper second or first class degree, or a GPA of 3.5 or better in any of the social sciences, including contemporary history and international relations.

Programme details

Students take one compulsory course and optional courses to the value of two units, plus a compulsory dissertation. Students can choose from specialist courses in aspects of political economy; institutions, politics and policies of the EU; European identity and ideas; and regional courses. 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 business leaders and policy makers. Students can expect an average of 180 hours of teaching.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit) 

  • Political Economy of Europe tries to understand how the relation between state and economy in both Western Europe and Central and Eastern Europe has evolved over the post-war period.
  • Dissertation.*

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value 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, diplomacy, business and in international financial institutions. Students from this programme are actively head hunted by companies and international organisations working in the region.

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Application code: L2EU (check availability|)

Start date: 2 October 2014

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

Intake/application in 2012: 66/199

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree in any of the social sciences, including contemporary history and international relations (see entry requirements|)

English requirement: 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


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