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European Studies MA

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Our European Studies MA course will give you a detailed understanding of the politics, economics and societies of Europe. As a full-time student, you may also take either a French or German pathway, which offers you the opportunity to complete a master's degree within a year while taking modules abroad.

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Key benefits

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the major interests, institutions and ideas that shape the politics, economics and societies of Europe.
  • Study Europe from a variety of perspectives in an interdisciplinary programme hosted by an interdisciplinary department.
  • Study at a world-class institution, ranked 15th in the world, and 5th in Europe, for politics and international relations by the 2020 QS World University Rankings.
  • Learn from world-leading scholars who contributed greatly to King’s College London being ranked first in the United Kingdom for research power in the field of politics and international relations in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
  • If you are on the French or German pathways, this MA offers you the chance to spend your second semester in a prestigious institution in France or Germany. Our current partners are the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris and the Humboldt Universität in Berlin.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 20 FT

Course leaders

Dr Thomas Purcell

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office

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fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Department of European & International Studies



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Course detail


Through this course, we offer you an in-depth analysis of major scholarly debates in history, politics, political thought, political economy and international relations of Europe, 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 abroad. The overseas institutions will provide a wide range of modules allowing you to further deepen your knowledge of both European and host country institutions, politics and policies.

The course is ideally suited for anyone with a degree in European Studies, Politics, International Relations or International Political Economy. We also welcome graduates from other disciplines in the Humanities, the Social Sciences and Law, as well as those from a professional background.

This course is primarily taught at the King's College London Strand Campus.  Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary.  


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Course format and assessment


We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Full-time students will typically have six-to-eight hours per week of teaching per 10-week term, as well as 32-34 hours of self-study per week.

Full-time study

Lectures, seminars and feedback  Self-study
6-8 hours per week  30-40 hours per week


Part-time study

Lectures, seminars and feedback  Self-study
3-5 hours per week  15-25 hours per week


Part-time students will have from two to four hours per week of teaching, as well as 17 hours of self-study. As a part-time student you are required to take either the European Union module or the European Identities module in Year 1.  In Year 2 you will take the 15 credits Research Design and Methods module and the 60 credit Dissertation. module in Year 2

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


You are typically assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations. The majority of European and International Studies modules are assessed by coursework rather than a final unseen written examination, although optional modules may differ. The dissertation module is assessed by a 10,000 word essay.

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will take modules totalling 180 credits.

As a full-time student you will select from three pathways:

  • General Pathway – you will study throughout the year at King’s.
  • French Pathway – you will spend the second semester at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris.
  • German Pathway – you will spend the second semester at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Required Modules

You are required to take: 

  • European Union: History, Institution and Politics (15 credits) 


  • European Identities and the EU (15 credits)


  • Research Design and Methods (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits) 



Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take the following credits from a range of optional modules from your selected pathway.

General Pathway: you are required to take 90 credits of optional modules at King’s.

French Pathway: you are required to take 30 credits of optional modules at King’s in the first semester, and the equivalent of 60 credits at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris that focus on Modern European politics, history and international relations in the second semester.

German Pathway: you are required to take 30 credits of optional modules at King’s in the first semester, and the equivalent of 60 credits at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin that focus on Modern European politics, history and international relations in the second semester.

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

  • Open Markets and Barriers to Trade: The EU Model for Integrating Private and Public Markets (30 credits) [School of Law] 
  • Contemporary Russian Politics & Society- King’s Russia Institute (30 credits)
  • Foreign Policies of the European Union (15 credits)
  • European Union: History, Institutions, Politics (15 credits)
  • Political Economy of Europe: Political Science Perspective (15 credits)
  • Research Methods for Social Sciences (15 credits)
  • The International Political Economy of Production (15 credits)
  • Global Governance and International Organisations (15 credits) 
  • The Politics of Economic Inequality (15 credits) 
  • Clandestine side of Globalisation: Organised Crime, Terrorism and Corruption (15 credits) 
  • The Politics of Regulation (15 credits) [Political Economy]
  • Media, Elections and Campaigning (15 credits) [Political Economy] 
  • From Blair to Brexit: Britain since 1997 (15 credits) [Political Economy]
  • Gender Politics and Public Policy (15 credits) [Political Economy] 
  • London: History and Governance (15 credits) [Political Economy]
  • European Identities and the EU (15 credits) 
  • The Political Economy of International Migration (15 credits)
  • The EU & Asia: Economics, Politics & Security (15 credits)
  • Lobbying & Policy Making in the EU (15 credits)
  • International Political Economy of Energy Markets (15 credits)
  • East Asian and Western Models of Capitalism (15 credits)
  • Lived Democracy (15 credits)
  • Postcolonial Political Economy (15 credits) 
  • Multinational Corporations and Global Supply Chains (15 credits) 
  • Evaluating Public Policy [Political Economy] (15 credits) 
  • Britain & Europe Since 1945 [Political Economy] (15 credits) 
  • Russia and the European Union (15 credits)

Students may also take a non-assessed 15 credit language module from the Modern Language Centre, King’s College. 

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Entry requirements & how to apply

European Studies MA Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in a relevant subject such as (but not limited to): European studies, politics, international relations, history, social sciences, law and modern languages.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. 

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
Additional Requirements   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 apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 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.

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Personal Statement 


A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).

Previous Academic Study


A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.



One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago. In some cases, we may request an additional reference from you.



Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application


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 is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.

For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.


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 Home fees: £10,500 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £23,460 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: £5,250 per year ((2021/22)
  • Part time overseas fees: £11,730 per year ((2021/22)

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 deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 days 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

Postgraduate students on the MA European Studies course who choose to study abroad for the second semester at Sciences Po, Paris, or the Humboldt in Berlin do not pay tuition fees to the host university. Instead, they will only be required to pay King's set fee for the Masters. 

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 
  • 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

Recent graduates from our department have gone on to prestigious positions, including in UK government departments such as the Foreign Office, Department for International Development, Department for International Trade, and the Treasury; global governance bodies such as the World Bank, United Nations, the World Federation of Exchanges, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the African Development Bank and the International Telecommunication Union; major business media organisations such as Argus and Bloomberg, major financial institutions such as Citi, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and HSBC; research and consultancy firms such as McKinsey & Co, Ipsos and the Boston Consulting Group; and lobbying groups within the European Union and beyond. Overall our graduates have embarked on highly successful careers in the public, private and third sector in the United Kingdom, the European continent, as well as in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

Career destinations

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


Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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