Programmes

MPhil/PhD European Studies

  • Graduate research
  • European Institute
  • Application code M1ZE
  • Starting 2021
  • Home full-time: Open
  • Overseas full-time: Open
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

This programme offers the chance to undertake a substantial piece of work that is worthy of publication and which makes an original contribution to the study of contemporary Europe.  You will begin on the MPhil, and will need to meet certain requirements to be upgraded to PhD status.

The MPhil/PhD in European Studies welcomes applications for multi-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary research on Europe in the following areas: 

- governance and democracy in Europe 
- European society 
- political economy in Europe
- Europe beyond the EU  

The School has a long history of research expertise, having won the prestigious UACES doctoral prize for the best PhD in European Studies four times. You will benefit from access to outstanding academic facilities and have the added advantage of being situated in a world-class social science institution with a powerful public profile. The European Institute alone typically offers more than 50 public lectures or events per year. 

Teaching and learning in 2021
We hope that programmes beginning in September 2021 will be unaffected by Coronavirus. If there are going to be any changes to the delivery of the programme we will update this page to reflect the amendments and all offer holders will be notified. For more information about LSE's teaching plans for 2020 please visit: https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Graduate/Prospective-students/Teaching-Methods and to view our Coronavirus FAQ's for prospective students please see: https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/meet-visit-and-discover-LSE/COVID-19/Coronavirus-FAQs-for-prospective-applicants

Programme details

Key facts

MPhil/PhD European Studies
Start date 27 September 2021
Application deadline 27 May 2021. However please note the funding deadlines
Duration Three-four years (minimum 2) full-time; part-time option available after the first year
Tuition fee Home: £4,517 (for the first year) - provisional
Overseas: £20,136 (for the first year)
Financial support LSE PhD Studentships (deadlines 14 January 2021 and 29 April 2021)
ESRC funding (deadline 14 January 2021)
Minimum entry requirement Taught master’s degree, with a minimum of 65 per cent average and at least 70 in dissertation, in a related discipline
GRE/GMAT requirement None
English language requirements Research (see 'Assessing your application')
Location  Houghton Street, London

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 MPhil/PhD European Studies

The minimum entry requirement for this programme is a taught master’s degree (or equivalent), with a minimum of 65 per cent average (Merit or 2:1) and at least 70 (Distinction or a First) in the dissertation, in a related discipline.

Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you meet our minimum entry requirement, 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 for research programmes that complement the academic interests of members of staff at the School, and we recommend that you investigate staff research interests before applying.

We carefully consider each application on an individual basis, taking into account all the information presented on your application form, including your:

- academic achievement (including existing and pending qualifications)
- statement of academic purpose
- references
- CV
- outline research proposal
- sample of written work

See further information on supporting documents

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency. You do not need to provide this at the time of your application to LSE, but we recommend that you do. See our English language requirements.

When to apply

The application deadline for this programme is 27 May 2021. However to be considered for any LSE funding opportunity, you must have submitted your application and all supporting documents by the funding deadline. See the fees and funding section for more details.

Fees and funding

Every research 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 2021/22 for MPhil/PhD European Studies

Home students: £4,517 for the first year (provisional)
Overseas students: £20,136 for the first year

The fee is likely to rise over subsequent years of the programme. The School charges home research students in line with the level of fee that the Research Councils recommend. The fees for overseas students are likely to rise in line with the assumed percentage increase in pay costs (ie, 4 per cent per annum).

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 or overseas student, otherwise known as your fee status. LSE assesses your fee status based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education.

Further information about fee status classification.

Scholarships, studentships 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 generous scholarships each year to graduate students from the UK, the EU and outside the EU.

This programme is eligible for LSE PhD Studentships, and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding. Selection for the PhD Studentships and ESRC funding is based on receipt of an application for a place – including all ancillary documents, before the funding deadline.  

The funding deadline for first round of LSE PhD Studentships and ESRC funding: 14 January 2021
The deadline for the second round of LSE PhD Studentships: 29 April 2021

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.

External funding 

There may be other funding opportunities available through other organisations or governments and we recommend you investigate these options as well.

Further information

Fees and funding opportunities

Information for international students

LSE is an international community, with over 140 nationalities represented amongst its student body. We celebrate this diversity through everything we do.  

If you are applying to LSE from outside of the UK then take a look at our Information for International students

1) Take a note of the UK qualifications we require for your programme of interest (found in the ‘Entry requirements’ section of this page. 

2) Go to the International Students section of our website. 

3) Select your country. 

4) Select ‘Graduate entry requirements’ and scroll until you arrive at the information about your local/national qualification. Compare the stated UK entry requirements listed on this page with the local/national entry requirement listed on your country specific page 

Programme structure and courses

You are expected to take the listed research training and transferable skills courses. You may take other optional courses in addition to those listed below but will need to discuss this with your supervisor. This will be in addition to your research.  

(* denotes a half unit course)

Year One 

Training courses

Compulsory (not examined)
Research Workshop in European Studies
Presentation and detailed discussion of PhD theses, outlines and progression. 

Optional (examined)
Applied Regression Analysis*
Examines the deepening understanding of the generalized linear model and its application to social science data.

Further training courses provided by the Department of Methodology and agreed with your supervisors. 

Transferable skills courses

Optional (not examined)
Concepts in Political Economy*
The aim of the course is to engage students with relevant concepts in political economy and their main applications in European studies.

Year Two

Training courses

Compulsory (not examined)
Research Workshop in European Studies*
Presentation and detailed discussion of PhD theses, outlines and progression. 

You are expected to take relevant course(s) in the Department of Methodology or in other departments as agreed with your supervisors.

Optional (not examined)
It is highly recommended that students attend and present their work in interdepartmental research seminars, such as the Political Economy and Public Policy Workshop.

Transferable skills courses

Optional (not examined)
Concepts in Political Economy*
Examine relevant concepts in political economy and their main applications in European studies.

Year Three

Training courses

Compulsory (not examined)

Research Workshop in European Studies*
Presentation and detailed discussion of PhD theses, outlines and progression. 

Optional (not examined)
Transferable skills courses

Optional (not examined)
Concepts in Political Economy*
The aim of the course is to engage students with relevant concepts in political economy and their main applications in European studies.

Year Four

Students are not expected to take any optional courses in year 4.


Other optional courses 

   

EU550

Research Workshop in European Studies

EU555

International Political Economy Research Workshop

GV501  /GV504

Doctoral Workshop: Political Theory                                                                                                                Research Methods in Political Theory – which runs in concurrence with GV501 and is available with permission as an outside option to students on non-GV programmes.

GV503

Political Philosophy Research Seminar

GV513

Qualitative Methods in the Study of Politics 

GV514

Political Science and Political Economic Doctoral Workshop

GV5XI

Research Design in Political Science

 


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.

Supervision, progression and assessment

Supervision

You will be assigned a lead supervisor (and a second supervisor/adviser) who is a specialist in your chosen research field, though not necessarily in your topic. Lead supervisors guide you through your studies. During your first year you will attend and contribute to departmental research seminars and workshops. These are designed to strengthen your methodological skills, language skills or background knowledge of specific topics related to your research.  

Progression and assessment

At the end of your first year (full-time), you will need to satisfy certain requirements, and if you meet these, will be upgraded to PhD status.

In the first year, for a standard thesis you will be expected to produce a research proposal (approximately 2,500 words) and abstract of the whole thesis (one page); a sample chapter (approximately 8,000 words); a chapter synopsis, and a timetable for completion. For a thesis as a series of publishable papers, you will be expected a research proposal (approximately 2,500 words) and an abstract covering the three prospective papers; a full draft of the introduction or a full draft of one of the papers (approximately 8,000 words); and a timetable for completion.

In the second year, for a standard thesis you will be expected to produce at least two further substantive chapters (of approximately 5,000-7,000 words each). For a thesis as a series of publishable papers you will be expected at least one fully written paper (approximately 10,000 words); and outlines of the other two papers (approximately 2,000 words).

In the third year, for a standard thesis you will be expected to produce a full draft of all core chapters and agreed timetable for completion. For a thesis as a series of publishable papers you will be expected to produce full drafts of all three papers and an agreed timetable for completion of the thesis.

Student support and resources

We’re here to help and support you throughout your time at LSE, whether you need help with your academic studies, support with your welfare and wellbeing or simply to develop on a personal and professional level.

Whatever your query, big or small there are a range of people you can speak to and who will be happy to help.  

Department librarians – they will be able to help you navigate the library and maximise its resources during your studies. 

Accommodation service  - they can offer advice on living in halls and offer guidance on private accommodation related queries. 

Class teachers and seminar leaders – they will be able to assist with queries relating to a specific course you are taking. 

Disability and Wellbeing Service – the staff are experts in long term health conditions, sensory impairments, mental health and specific learning difficulties. They offer confidential and free services such as student counselling, a peer support scheme, arranging exam adjustments and run groups and workshops. 

IT help– support available 24 hours a day to assist with all of your technology queries.  

LSE Faith Centre – home to LSE's diverse religious activities and transformational interfaith leadership programmes, as well as a space for worship, prayer and quiet reflection. It includes Islamic prayer rooms and a main space for worship. It is also a space for wellbeing classes on campus and is open to all students and staff from all faiths and none.  

Language Centre– the centre specialises in offering language courses targeted to the needs of students and practitioners in the social sciences. We offer pre-course English for Academic Purposes programmes; English language support during your studies; modern language courses in 9 languages; proofreading, translation and document authentication and language learning community activities.

LSE Careers ­- with the help of LSE Careers, you can make the most of the opportunities that London has to offer. Whatever your future career plans, LSE Careers will work with you, connecting you to opportunities and experiences from internships and volunteering to networking events and employer and alumni insights. 

LSE Library  Founded in 1896, the British Library of Political and Economic Science is the major international library of the social sciences. It stays open late, has lots of excellent resources and it’s a great place to study. As an LSE student, you’ll have access to a number of other academic libraries in Greater London and nationwide. 

LSE LIFE – this is where you should go to develop skills you’ll use as a student and beyond. The centre runs talks and workshops on skills you’ll find useful in the classroom, offer one-to-one sessions with study advisers who can help you with reading, making notes, writing, research and exam revision, and provide drop-in sessions for academic and personal support.(See ‘Teaching and assessment). 

LSE Students’ Union (LSESU) – they offer academic, personal and financial advice and funding. 

PhD Academy - is available for PhD students, wherever they are, to take part in interdisciplinary events and other professional development activities and access all the services related to their registration. 

Sardinia House Dental Practice - offers discounted private dental services to LSE students. 

St Philips Medical Centre - based in Pethwick-Lawrence House the centre provides NHS Primary Care services to registered patients. 

Student Services Centre – our staff here can answer general queries and can point you in the direction of other LSE services.  

Student advocates and advisers– we have a School Senior Advocate for Students and an Adviser to Women Students who can help with academic and pastoral matters. 

Student life

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The campus 

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Life in London 

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Preliminary reading

Bob Hancké (2009), Intelligent Research Design, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Gary King, Robert Keohane, Sidney Verba (1994), Designing Social Inquiry,  Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press

Careers

Students who successfully complete the programme often embark on an academic career. 

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme

Alison Johnston
PhD in European Studies, 2011
Assistant Professor in Political Science, Oregon State University

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LSE provided great training, but their approach to pushing students into research outputs early, rather than emphasizing two additional years of core courses gave me a particular edge.

There are a multitude of research opportunities at the university, and teaching opportunities are abundant, not only at LSE but also other University of London institutions. What was perhaps the most important feature of my experience was that faculty were very supportive of promoting graduate student participation in their own research. As a result of this, I had two journal articles and an additional four under review when I went on the job market, which helped me stand out amongst other applications (having the LSE pedigree also helped).

My experience at the LSE was fantastic. I wouldn't change it for any other Ph.D. experience. The faculty there taught me how to think independently and how to tackle interesting and important research questions. They provided me with the necessary tools to adapt, think on my feet, and continue to reinvent my research.

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