LSE-Sciences Po Double Degree in European Studies

  • Graduate taught
  • European Institute
  • Application code Apply via Sciences Po
  • Starting 2020
  • UK/EU full-time: Closed
  • Overseas full-time: Closed
  • Location: Houghton Street, London, Paris

Sciences Po and LSE have come together to offer high-achieving students a joint curriculum in European studies. Spanning a wide range of disciplines, and the option of bilingual instruction (French and English), this very select programme is delivered by renowned EU specialists, many with practical experience of policymaking.

The programme focuses on the history, politics, policies and institutions of the European Union; on the ideas which underpin the European project; and on the political, economic and social challenges facing Europe. Courses are multidisciplinary and you will choose options from international relations, history, economics, law, philosophy and political science, all with a strongly European focus.

Your first year is spent at Sciences Po, in the Master Affaires Européennes (Master of European Affairs); the second year takes place within the European Institute at LSE, studying either MSc Culture and Conflict in a Global Europe, MSc Political Economy of Europe or MSc European and International Public Policy.

Programme details

Key facts

MSc European Studies LSE and Sciences Po
Start date August/September 2020 at Sciences Po, Paris (provisional)
Application deadline Apply via Sciences Po - deadline 16 February 2020. See SciencesPo website for more details
Duration 24 months full-time only
Tuition fee Year one: TBC (2020 entry, at Sciences Po)
Year two: £23,520 (2021 continuing, at LSE) - provisional
Financial support Graduate support scheme (for year two at LSE – apply in year one), also financial support available through Sciences Po, and Entente Cordiale Scholarships for British and French nationals
Minimum entry requirement 2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline
GRE/GMAT requirement None
English language requirements Higher (see 'assessing your application')
French language requirements Required for some French language streams at Sciences Po. Please see Sciences Po admissions webpages for more information. 
Location  Sciences Po, Paris (year one), Houghton Street, London (year two)
For more information about tuition fees and entry requirements, see the fees and funding and assessing your application sections.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements for LSE-Sciences Po Double Degree in European Studies

Upper second class honours (2:1) degree or equivalent in any discipline.  

You must demonstrate competence in English, and for some programmes in French as well. This depends on the policy stream you choose at Sciences Po. Please see Science Po Admissions webpages for more information. If your native language is not English you will be required to meet LSE's Higher English requirement (see English requirements) or have a recognised university degree taught and examined entirely in English.

Competition for places on the programme is high. This means that even if you meet our minimum entry requirements, this does not guarantee you an offer of admission.

If you have studied or are studying outside of the UK then have a look at our Information for International Students to find out the entry requirements that apply to you.

Assessing your application

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified prospective students and want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation, irrespective of their background.

Applications are administered by a joint admissions board of representatives consisting of both LSE and Sciences Po. Successful applicants will be notified by email and post.

You can track your application online

Supporting documents

In addition to the submitting the application form, you must also submit the following documents:

  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 statement of academic purpose to be submitted in both English and French. In no more than 1,000 words, 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.

*The first three items can be submitted as scanned attachments to the online application form. References may be submitted online or by post.

Programme structure and courses

First year, at Sciences Po 

The first year is spent at Sciences Po. The academic year runs from early September to the end of May. It is divided into two semesters, each of which is 12 weeks long. Students will join the Master Affaires Européennes, and choose their policy stream where they can follow courses only in English or in English and in French.

Second year, at LSE

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

At LSE you will choose to enrol in one of the following programmes, and take the courses as required within that programme.

MSc Culture and Conflict in a Global Europe
MSc Political Economy of Europe
MSc European and International Public Policy

For the most up-to-date list of optional courses please visit the relevant School Calendar page. 

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that that the School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises.

You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated graduate course and programme information page.

Teaching and assessment

Contact hours and independent study

At LSE you will take a number of courses, often including half unit courses and full unit courses. In half unit courses, on average, you can expect 20-30 contact hours in total and for full unit courses, on average, you can expect 40-60 contact hours in total. This includes sessions such as lectures, classes, seminars or workshops. Hours vary according to courses and you can view indicative details in the Calendar within the Teaching section of each course guide.

You are also expected to complete independent study outside of class time. This varies depending on the programme, but requires you to manage the majority of your study time yourself, by engaging in activities such as reading, note-taking, thinking and research. 

Teaching methods

LSE is internationally recognised for its teaching and research and therefore employs a rich variety of teaching staff with a range of experience and status. Courses may be taught by individual members of faculty, such as lecturers, senior lecturers, readers, associate professors and professors. Many departments now also employ guest teachers and visiting members of staff, LSE teaching fellows and graduate teaching assistants who are usually doctoral research students and in the majority of cases, teach on undergraduate courses only. You can view indicative details for the teacher responsible for each course in the relevant course guide


All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. LSE uses a range of formative assessment, such as essays, problem sets, case studies, reports, quizzes, mock exams and many others. Summative assessment may be conducted during the course or by final examination at the end of the course. An indication of the formative coursework and summative assessment for each course can be found in the relevant course guide.

Academic support

You will also be assigned an academic mentor who will be available for guidance and advice on academic or personal concerns.

There are many opportunities to extend your learning outside the classroom and complement your academic studies at LSE. LSE LIFE is the School’s centre for academic, personal and professional development. Some of the services on offer include: guidance and hands-on practice of the key skills you will need to do well at LSE: effective reading, academic writing and critical thinking; workshops related to how to adapt to new or difficult situations, including development of skills for leadership, study/work/life balance and preparing for the world of work; and advice and practice on working in study groups and on cross-cultural communication and teamwork.

LSE is committed to enabling all students to achieve their full potential and the School’s Disability and Wellbeing Service provides a free, confidential service to all LSE students and is a first point of contact for all disabled students.

Preliminary reading

R Baldwin and C Wyplosz The Economics of European Integration (McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2012)

S Hix and B Hoyland The Political System of the European Union (3rd edition, Palgrave, 2011)

A Moravcsik The Choice for Europe: social purpose and state power from Messina to Maastricht (Cornell University Press, European edition with London: Routledge/UCL Press, 1998)

H Wallace, M Pollack and A R Young (eds.) Policy Making in the European Union  (7th edition, Oxford University Press, 2014)

A. Pagden (ed) The Idea of Europe: From Antiquity to the European Union (Cambridge University Press, 2002)


Graduates of the programme pursue successful careers in politics, journalism, diplomacy, business, academia and consultancy, in the EU institutions, national administrations and the international institutions.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme

Support for your career

Many leading organisations give careers presentations at the School during the year, and LSE Careers has a wide range of resources available to assist students in their job search. Find out more about the support available to students through LSE Careers.

Fees and funding

Every graduate student is charged a fee for their programme.

The fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It does not cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.

Tuition fees 2020/21 for LSE-Sciences Po Double Degree in European Studies

UK/EU students, first year: TBC - fees announced in December 2019 (2020/21 at Sciences Po)
Overseas students, first year: TBC - fees announced in December 2019 (2020/21 at Sciences Po)
UK/EU students, second year: £23,520 (provisional) (2021/22 at LSE)
Overseas students, second year: £23,520 (provisional) (2021/22 at LSE)

Sciences Po fees for 2020/21
Fees for 2020/21 entry at Sciences Po will be confirmed in December 2019, however as an indication, below are the fees for 2019/20 entry:
Students whose parents' tax residence is in the EEA, first year: sliding scale between €0 and €14,500 (2019/20 at Sciences Po)
Students whose parents' tax residence is not in the EEA, first year: €14,500 (2019/20 at Sciences Po)
Fees at Sciences Po

Fee status

The amount of tuition fees you will need to pay, and any financial support you are eligible for, will depend on whether you are classified as a home (UK/EU) or overseas student, otherwise known as your fee status. LSE assesses your fee status based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education.

Fee reduction

Students who completed undergraduate study at LSE and are beginning taught graduate study at the School are eligible for a fee reduction of around 10 per cent of the fee.

Scholarships and other funding

The School recognises that the cost of living in London may be higher than in your home town or country, and we provide over £13 million in scholarships each year to graduate students from the UK, EU and overseas.

The first year of this programme, spent at Sciences Po, may be eligible for financial aid from Sciences Po.

This programme is eligible for needs-based awards from LSE, including the Graduate Support SchemeMaster's Awards, and Anniversary Scholarships. You must apply for these needs-based awards from LSE, during your first year of study, submitting an application by the funding deadline, normally in April each year.

In addition to our needs-based awards, LSE also makes available scholarships for students from specific regions of the world and awards for students studying specific subject areas. 

Government tuition fee loans and external funding

A postgraduate loan is available from the UK government for eligible students studying for a first master’s programme, to help with fees and living costs. Some other governments and organisations also offer tuition fee loan schemes.

French and British nationals may also be eligible for the Entente Cordiale scholarships.

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