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European Studies MA

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Our European Studies MA programme will give you a detailed understanding of contemporary European politics, history and society. It draws on the expertise of five highly ranked departments and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. You may also take either a French or the German pathway, which offer you the opportunity to complete a master’s degree within a year while studying modules abroad. The critical and historical approach of our degrees provides students with tools for understanding the current economic and political transformations, including the new challenges Brexit poses.

Key benefits

  • Thanks to our interdisciplinary approach, this MA will enable you to study contemporary Europe from a variety of perspectives.

  • European & International Studies staff contributed in a major way to King’s College being ranked first for research power in the field of Politics & International Relations in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

  • Vibrant research community, designated as a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in European Law and Governance and EIS currently holds a Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Economy.

  • If you are on the French or German pathways, this MA offers you the chance to spend your second semester in two of the most prestigious institutions in continental Europe, respectively the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris and the Humboldt Universität in Berlin.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 20 FT

Course leaders Professor Leila Simona Talani

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7171 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

DepartmentDepartment of European & International Studies



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Course detail


Through this programme, we offer you an in-depth analysis of major scholarly debates in history, politics, political thought, political economy and international relations, both within and beyond the European Union. You will study a range of approaches to the topic on one of the two required modules, and then choose from a wide range of specialist modules covering specific regions or issues relating to contemporary Europe, such as EU foreign policy, immigration, economic governance, law, political economy, lobbying and policy making, nationalism and the EU, Russia, the EU and Asia.

If you choose the General Pathway, you will spend your whole time with us. If you choose either the French or German Pathway, you will spend your second semester at either the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris or the Humboldt Universität in Berlin. Both institutions provide a wide range of modules allowing you to further deepen your knowledge of both European and host country institutions, politics and policies.

The programme is ideally suited for anyone with a degree in European Studies, politics, international relations or international political economy. We also welcome recent graduates from other disciplines in the humanities, the social sciences and law, as well as those from a professional background.

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Course purpose

The programme is ideally suited to anyone with a degree in European Studies, politics, international relations or international political economy. We also welcome recent graduates from other disciplines in the humanities, the social sciences and law, as well as those from a professional background.

Further literature

Course format and assessment

In addition to our core staff from the Department of European & International Studies (EIS), we will draw on the expertise of academics from several leading departments, such as War Studies, Geography, the Dickson Poon School of Law and History to offer you the most up-to-date thinking in the field.  

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and exams. The dissertation module is assessed through a 10,000-word project/essay.


Year 1

Required Modules

Students on this course take modules totalling 180 credits.

Required modules

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Choose one of the following:

  • European Union: History, Institutions and Politics (20 credits)
  • European Identities in the EU (20 credits)

If you are a part-time student, you will take either European Union: History, Institutions and Politics or European Identities in the EU in your first year, along with one module from the list of options below. In your second year you will take your dissertation, along with a further three optional modules.

Optional Modules

Optional modules

Students on the General Pathway take 100 credits from optional modules at King’s. Students on the French and German Pathways take 40 credits each from King’s and the equivalent of 60 credits at Sciences Po or Humboldt University that focus on Modern European politics, history and international relationships.

The range of optional modules offered at King’s may typically include:

  • Globalisation and Social Movements in Europe (20 credits)
  • The Political Economy of International Migration (20 credits)
  • The EU and Asia: Economics, Politics and Security (20 credits)
  • Lobbying and Policy Making in the EU (20 credits)
  • Labour and Production: Europe in the Global Political Economy (20 credits)
  • Political Economy of Europe: Political Science Perspective (20 credits)
  • Research Methods for Social Sciences (20 credits)
  • Russia and the EU (20 credits)
  • The Political Economy of Britain in the EU (20 credits)
  • The Political Economy of the Financial Crisis (20 credits)
  • Internship Module (20 credits)
  • EU Administrative Law (20 credits)
  • European Internal Law (20 credits)

We regularly review our modules to make sure our programmes are as up-to-date, innovative and relevant as possible. The modules we offer may therefore change. We suggest that you check the course finder for updates:

Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General entry advice

Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or international equivalent) in a subject relevant to the intended area of study. Such subjects could include (but not limited to): European studies, politics, international relations, history, social sciences, law and modern languages.

  • Students wishing to follow a country-based path must be fluent in either French or German and must provide evidence that they have degree-level (or equivalent) French or German.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies.

Students may be invited to attend an interview, either in person or by phone if overseas. We aim to process all complete applications within four to six weeks, although this may take longer during busy periods.

Personal statement and supporting information

In their personal statement, applicants should specify their chosen pathway option, outline a likely dissertation topic, and try to provide a breakdown of the courses/modules studied at undergraduate level. Applicants should also explain fully their motivation for applying to the MA in European Studies here at King's, and how they believe it will contribute to their own intellectual and professional development.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £9,450 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £18,420 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: £4,725 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £9,210 p.a. (2017/18)*

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

If you study abroad as part of your course, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). 

King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees.  At present these are as follows:

  • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,000 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year.

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Further information coming soon.

Career destinations

Doctoral research at King's or other prestigious universities; employment in government, European Union institutions, international organisations, business, and the media.


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