Entry requirements

Admission to the MPhil/PhD is conditional according to the following requirements:

  • Good Merit on a previous MSc degree (overall average of 65 per cent or above);
  • Distinction in the dissertation (70 per cent or above);
  • Students who have not already taken a master's degree or equivalent will normally be recommended to apply for one of the Institute’s own taught masters programmes;
  • English language requirement of 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components and a minimum of 7.0 in the writing component.

More details on the EI’s research programme can be found here.

Months of entry


Course content

The European Institute is a leading international centre for the study of contemporary Europe. It was ranked first by the British Government for research in European Studies in the United Kingdom, in the most recent (2008) Research Assessment Exercise. It is a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, and hosts a leading discussion paper series, LSE Europe in Question (LEQS).

There are over 20 academic staff members from a number of disciplines which include economic history, geography, political economy, political sociology, international relations, political science, law, philosophy and social policy.

The Institute offers a vibrant research climate. It hosts a number of research units: The Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies; The Catalan Observatory; The Forum for European Philosophy; The Hellenic Observatory; and LSEE (LSE Research on South East Europe). It also runs ten different seminar series, including a lunchtime seminar series dedicated just to doctoral research. There are over 35 doctoral students. Students supervised by European Institute staff have won the UACES prize for best doctoral thesis three times.

The Institute also has a very active programme of public lectures, seminars and conferences on issues relating to contemporary Europe. We host over 100 events a year with a wide range of public and academic speakers: recent high level speakers have included the presidents of Italy and Lithuania; the president of the Commission; the prime ministers of Latvia, Greece, Finland, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Hungary, Turkey, Sweden and Estonia; and eight commissioners.

Department specialisms

EU politics, law and policy; European political economy; and European ideas and identities. With our emphasis on a pan-European focus and a multidisciplinary perspective, each theme is placed in a distinct context identifying patterns of change and continuity in the new Europe of the 21st century.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 107.

Fees and funding

The European Institute students have several options when it comes to securing funding. The Financial Support Office website provides an up-to-date list of research funding opportunities. The European Institute will nominate offer holders for the above studentships and awards on the basis of academic merit and research potential. In order to be considered you will need to have completed an application to the School's Graduate Admissions Office.

LSE PhD Studentships

There is intense competition for admission, therefore early applications have a greater chance of being successful and of meeting financial support/scholarship and, where applicable, visa deadlines. Please check the availability of programmes before you apply.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Funding

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) isthe UK's largest funder of research on economic and social issues. The ESRC funds 1+3, 2+2 and +3 studentships. LSE will nominate offer holders for studentships on the basis of academic merit and research potential. In order to be considered you will need to have completed an application to the School.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months


full time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7955 6613