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MSc European Studies (Research)

About the MSc programme

The programme  prepares students for the methodologically and historically grounded, multi-disciplinary analysis of Europe as a political, economic and cultural space. It also analyses European integration and the post-communist transformation process. The programme is driven by teachers of academic distinction, with experience of policy making in Europe.

Applicants for the MSc European Studies (Research) 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

In the MSc European Studies (Research) programme, students combine specialist courses from MSc EU Politics, MSc Political Economy of Europe or MSc European Studies: Ideas and Identities together with intensive research design and methods training. Students take four courses, including two courses from the MSc Political Economy of Europe, MSc EU Politics or MSc European Studies: Ideas and Identities; a specialist introductory course to quantitative and qualitative methods; and a 10,000 word dissertation on an approved topic. 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.

Students who have successfully completed the MSc European Studies (Research) will be well-placed to apply for admission into competitive doctoral programmes in the UK and elsewhere. For those students looking to pursue doctoral research at the European Institute, the MSc European Studies (Research) offers an excellent opportunity to get to know potential PhD supervisors prior to application for the MPhil/PhD in European Studies. Admission into the doctoral programme at the European Institute is conditional on obtaining a good merit in your master's degree, normally defined as an average of 65 per cent or above, and normally a distinction (70 per cent or above) in the dissertation; and is conditional on the availability of a suitable supervisor.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

Students will be expected to choose a total of two full units from a range of options from the European Institute MSc degrees.

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 academia, 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.


Application codes: M1UZ (check availability)

Start date: 24 September 2015

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

Intake/application in 2013: 5/9

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

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: £18,600

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support). MSc European Studies (Research) is accredited for ESRC funding as part of a four year award (see ESRC)

Application deadline: 27 April 2015 – we cannot guarantee that applications received after this date will be considered. For consideration for ESRC funding the application must be received by 12 January 2015