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MSc Political Economy of Europe

About the MSc programme

The programme provides a historically grounded, multidisciplinary analysis of European integration and national transformation processes, by teachers with experience of policy-making in Europe. 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. The focus is on aspects of European integration on the one hand, such as economic governance, interest representation, decision-making, and policy processes of deepening and widening. On the other hand, the programme examines public policy-making in European countries through the lens of an evolving state-market relationship, for instance in the tension between democracy and capitalism, welfare states and their reform, market regulation, austerity and development, or policy convergence under the influence of market integration.

The programme benefits from one of the most extensive series of public events on European issues globally, organised throughout the year by members of the European Institute.

Applicants for the MSc Political Economy of Europe should have an upper second class or first class honours degree in any of the social sciences, including politics, economics, European studies, international relations and contemporary history.

Programme details

Students take one compulsory course (full unit, spread over two terms) and optional courses to the value of two units, plus a compulsory dissertation. Students can choose from specialist courses in aspects of political economy, the EU, European identity, and courses with a more geographical focus. In addition, all students must take Interdisciplinary Research Methods and Design to prepare for the dissertation and 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

  • 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, placing particular emphasis on the political, economic and institutional arrangements embodied in the creation and continuous development of the European Union.
  • Dissertation students are required to write a 10,000-word dissertation on a topic broadly related to the political economy of Europe. Students receive guidance and supervision during three teaching terms and are expected to write their dissertation during the summer.

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

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Political Economy of Europe in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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Graduate destinations

Former graduates pursue successful careers in politics, business, diplomacy, consultancy, journalism, and in international organisations and financial institutions. Students from this programme are actively head hunted by companies and international organisations working in the region.



Application code: L2EU (check availability)

Start date: 22 September 2016

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

Intake/application in 2014: 73/211

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: £19,344

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions