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MSc Politics and Government in the European Union

About the MSc programme

The 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. The programme’s wide array 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, Government and International Relations. This allows the programme to contain a wide array of courses, over fifty courses. Students, consequently, 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 in Europe. They will also be exposed to a wide number of EU policy makers. The courses deepen students' knowledge of politics and policies in the EU and help them gain new insight into the EU's extraordinary role in today's world, whilst allowing considerable specialisation. The multidisciplinary dimension to the programme ensures that students will not just acquire significant knowledge of the EU but will be able to analyse it in a multifaceted way which combines problem-solving detailed empirical knowledge with the latest theoretical perspectives.

We consider applicants with good first degrees in any discipline, but prefer applicants with a degree in one of the social sciences.

Programme details

The programme is divided into three main parts: foundation – one half unit course which provides a basic training in the history and theory of European integration and an introduction to central debates in European Union politics and government; specialisation – in either European Union Government and Policy or the International Relations of Europe; and dissertation – a 10,000 word essay on an advanced topic. Additionally, all students must take Research Methods and Design in EU Politics to prepare for the dissertation, and are recommended to 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.

Stream One – European Union Government and Policy

(* half unit)

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of two units from a range of options.

Stream Two – The International Relations of Europe

  • History and Theory of European Integration* examines the causes and nature of European integration.
  • 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.
  • Dissertation.

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one and a half 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

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 and journalism. LSE maintains excellent links with key centres for the academic study of contemporary Europe and with the EU institutions.

lse.ac.uk/europeanInstitute|; lse.ac.uk/government|; lse.ac.uk/internationalRelations|

Application code: M1UM (check availability|)

Start date: 2 October 2014

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

Intake/applications in 2012: 68/224

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in any discipline, social science preferred (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

A photo of Outi Ruusuvirta, an LSE student|