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LSE-Sciences Po Double Degree in European Studies

About the MSc programme

Sciences Po and LSE have come together to offer high-achieving undergraduate students a joint curriculum: the Double master's degree in European Studies.

In this programme, students focus on the history, politics and institutions of the European Union, on the ideas which underpin the European project; and on the political, economic and social challenges facing Europe. Teaching is by renowned EU specialists, many with practical experience of policymaking. Students combine lectures and seminars on specific topics with workshops, simulations, case studies and attendance at public lectures and debates with top decision-makers, experts and opinion formers from across Europe.

Bilingual (French and English), and spanning a wide range of disciplines, this selective programme is based on mutual recognition of both curricula and evaluation in the partner university.

The LSE-Sciences Po Double Degree in European Studies lasts two academic years: the first year is spent at Sciences Po, in the Master en Affaires Européennes; the second year takes place within the European Institute at LSE studying either MSc European Studies: Ideas, Ideologies and Identities, MSc Political Economy of Europe or (from October 2016) MSc EU Politics

Courses are multidisciplinary and students will choose options from international relations, history, economics, law, philosophy and political science with a European focus.

Programme details


Applicants must demonstrate competence in both English and French.
Students whose native language is not English must meet LSE's Standard English requirement (see English requirements) or have a recognised university degree taught and examined entirely in English.

Applicants whose native language is not French must prove language ability by means of one of the following:

  • the French Baccalauréat
  • a Francophone secondary school diploma (Etudes Collègiales Canadiennes, Certificat d'Humanités Belge, etc) 
  • a recognised university degree with at least two years of study at a Francophone University
  • the Test de Connaissance du Français (TCF) 500 or DALF C1. Please see Sciences-Po admissions for more information

Students whose native language is neither English nor French must provide proof of ability in both languages as above.  


Applications are administered by a joint admissions board of representatives consisting of both LSE and Sciences Po. Only successful applicants will be notified by post. Students can track the status of their application online. 

Supplementary documents

In addition to the application form, you are required to submit:

  1. a full and official transcript of marks obtained for each year of university level education including the current year when available
  2. a certified copy of your undergraduate degree (if applicable)
    Documents written in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by a certified translation into one of the above languages
  3. a personal statement to be submitted in both English and French. In no more then 1,000 words, please describe your background, your career objectives as these relate to Europe/the EU and how obtaining the LSE/Sciences Po Double Degree will help you to achieve those objectives
  4. two letters of academic recommendation. These can either be in French or English. They must be submitted online or placed in an envelope sealed and signed on the back by the referee before being added to the application file.
  5. a résumé in both English and French
  6. optional: you may also submit letters of professional recommendation

Items 1 to 3 can be submitted as scanned attachments to the online application form. References may be submitted online or by post.

Year one: Sciences Po Sciences Po Logo

At Sciences Po, the academic year runs from early September to the end of June. It is divided into two semesters, each of which is 14 weeks long.

Core curriculum (compulsory) 30 ECTS
Optional courses 5 ECTS
Languages 5 ECTS
Joint seminar 7,5 ECTS
Simulation Game 2,5 ECTS
Collective project 10 ECTS

Year two: LSE

The second year runs from October until September of the following year. It comprises three terms and the summer period for the completion of the 10,000 word dissertation.

Students will enrol in either MSc European Studies: Ideas, Ideologies and Identities or MSc Political Economy of Europe or MSc EU Politics. They will have to make their choice while studying at Sciences Po. Students can expect an average of 180 hours of teaching during the year at LSE.

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, academia, consultancy, the EU institutions, national administrations and in the international institutions.


Application code: Applications should be made via Sciences Po. Please see www.sciencespo.fr/psia/content/dual-degree-london-school-economics

Start date: September 2015 at Sciences-Po, Paris

Duration: 24 months full-time only 

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree in any discipline (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements). There is also a French language requirement, equivalent to TCF level 500 (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: Year one at Sciences Po €13,700 (2014/15 fees). Year two at LSE in 2016 £19,344

Financial support:
During the first year, students are able to apply to the LSE Graduate Support Scheme for year two of the programme. For information on financial aid at Sciences Po, please see formation.sciences-po.fr/en/content/bursaries-and-financial-aid. French and British nationals should be aware of the Entente Cordiale Scholarship. Please see www.britishcouncil.org/france-education-scholarships-entente-cordiale.htm for further details

Application deadline: Online only. Applications must be completed by 20 February 2015