Entry requirements

Upper second class honours (2:1) degree or equivalent in any of the social sciences, including politics, economics, European studies, contemporary history or international relations.

In exceptional cases, strong candidates who do not have the appropriate academic background may be required to take a specified related LSE summer school course and obtain a specified grade as a condition of admission.

Months of entry


Course content

About the MSc programme

Have you ever wondered how state-market relations in Europe have been evolving over time and how the process of European Integration affects these relations and the continent’s place in the world? In this program, we offer a historically grounded, multidisciplinary analysis of these questions. Academics and policy experts from across Europe and beyond teach courses that will equip you with a thorough understanding of the economic, political and institutional dynamics that shape Europe, the European Union, its member states and today’s world.

The curriculum comprises core courses on the foundations of political economy and specialist courses on a wide range of relevant themes. The latter include monetary integration, welfare states, labour markets, finance, inequality, varieties of capitalism, migration, European policymaking and governance, and global trade governance. A further distinctive feature of the programme is optional courses on identity, ethnicity and society, and selected regions. The European Institute also offers a vibrant programme of events, including guest lectures by leaders from business, politics and European civil society.

European Institute

The European Institute is one of the largest, if not the largest, centres for the study of European anywhere in the world.

The European Institute’s core work centres around three key areas: research, teaching and learning, and public events.

The work of the EI's faculty, research staff, and our highly active doctoral community focuses on our four key research themes: Political Economy, Politics & Policy, Culture & Society, and Migration.

One of the hallmarks of the European Institute is our strong external profile. We host dozens of events a year, with an outstanding cast list of high-level speakers from politics, public administration and EU institutions, including presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers, finance ministers, distinguished scholars and influential commentators.

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.

Fees and funding


Every graduate student is charged a fee for their programme. Visit the website for more information about the fees.


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 home and overseas students.

This programme is eligible for needs-based awards from LSE, including the Graduate Support Scheme, Master's Awards, and Anniversary Scholarships.

Selection for any funding opportunity is based on receipt of an application for a place – including all ancillary documents, before the funding deadline.

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.

Find out more about financial support.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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