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Executive MSc Political Economy of Europe (Modular)

About the MSc programme 

This programme is based in the European Institute and aims to provide a set of high-quality integrated courses. The programme is structured to equip students with an analytical understanding of the political-economic processes of integration and fragmentation in Europe. Specifically it provides:

  • Study in one of the most highly rated research centres in the subject area in the world, both for its research and its institutional links.
  • A modular course structure allowing students to take the programme whilst engaged in employment through attendance at eight one-week LSE-based intensive seminars.
  • The opportunity for individuals in, amongst others, the private sector, government, NGOs, and lobbying groups, to achieve a formal graduate qualification in the political economy of Europe even if they are unable to devote themselves to full-time study.
  • Teaching by specialists who are at the forefront of political economy research in Europe.
  • A comparative, international and multidisciplinary environment with links to several specialist research groups based at the LSE.

The course offerings in this degree are designed to provide you with sophisticated analytical skills as well as detailed empirical knowledge. These will equip you to understand the key political-economic challenges facing Europe today, such as the crisis of monetary integration, with its possible spill-over into other areas of the European economies, to the reform of labour markets and welfare states in the old and new member-states. The aim of the Political Economy of Europe programme is to complement the specialist knowledge that you may already have in one or a limited number of areas in this broad field with an in-depth understanding of other areas and, where appropriate, their interrelations. Upon completion of the degree, you are likely to explore new career opportunities, either with your current employer, where you are certain to take on new responsibilities, or with a new employer; both will value your broad, analytical and integrated knowledge of different political-economic processes in Europe at a time of unknown political-economic challenges for the continent.

Applicants with a good first degree in any of the social sciences will be considered. Degrees in other areas will be individually evaluated, based on merit, experience and motivation. 

You can supply one academic and one professional reference to be considered for this programme. It is in your interest to supply academic references wherever possible. If you graduated from your most recent academic study before January 2002 and no academic references are available, you may supply two professional references.

Programme details

The Modular MSc comprises six half-unit courses including the dissertation, and one full unit. Students will attend LSE for eight one-week sessions over the two-year period. Evaluations will consist of several formative and summative essays as well as written examinations throughout the programme. 

A key component of the MSc is a dissertation of up to 6,000 words on a topic individually selected, to be prepared in conjunction with a personal supervisor. Special research training and supervision sessions in the fourth week-long seminar will guide students in this process.

Each course consists of a minimum of 20 hours of contact (40 for the full-unit course). Over the course of the MSc, students will have 150 face-to-face contact hours alongside of additional meetings with their tutors and support while off-campus from faculty such as through online and Skype revision sessions.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

Year one:

  • Key issues in the Political Economy of Europe is the core course for the degree. It starts with a review of the relation between state and economy in both Western Europe and Central and Eastern Europe over the post-war period in light of the debates about the relative performance of post-war capitalism and socialism, and the demise of central planning and Keynesianism in the 1970s and 1980s. Discussions about market-making, market governance and institutional adjustment frame the debates about the nature of economic integration in Europe from the Rome Treaty until the crisis of EMU. 
  • Capitalism and Democracy in Central Europe* applies concepts of political economy, economics and political science to its investigation of Central and Eastern Europe’s evolution through post-communist transition to highly open, FDI-dependent emerging markets with ‘European’ expectations of welfare.
  • European Capitalism(s) and the Global Economy* considers the varieties of capitalism literature, conducts a comparative analysis of the core issues in the political economy of contemporary capitalism and how capital labour and product markets are structured.

Year two:

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

Upon finishing this programme, graduates are expected to move up in the organisation where they are employed, taking on more and broader responsibilities; or find higher management positions elsewhere. Former graduates of the standard sister degree ‘MSc in Political Economy of Europe’ pursue successful careers in politics, journalism, diplomacy, business and in international financial institutions.



Application codes: L2UO (check availability|)

Start date: 14 December 2015

Duration: Modular programme. 24 months (maximum 50) for the eMSc 

Intake/application in 2013: 12/25

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 or equivalent in any discipline, with social science background and/or work experience in the field of political economy (see entry requirements|)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements|)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: Year 1 £10,816 in 2015/16, Year 2 £10,816 in 2016/17

Financial support:  This programme is not eligible for the Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support|)

Application deadline: None - rolling admissions

Note: The programme fee does not include accommodation costs, travel expenses or any additional expenses incurred while studying at LSE. The European Institute Programme Offce can offer advice for students looking for accommodation. Students will have full access to the Library and electronic resources available to all LSE students including an email address once the pre-registration fee has been paid.