Entry requirements

Taught master’s degree, with a minimum of 65 per cent average and at least 70 in dissertation, in a related discipline.

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.

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