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Course: MPhil Politics (European Politics and Society)

The course has enabled me to pursue intellectually stimulating questions and entertain challenging discussions in the realm of quantitative political science.


The MPhil in Politics (European Politics and Society) teaches and engages in many key aspects of European politics—including European integration, comparative European government and external relations—and with scholars and practitioners from various European countries and institutions.

It is an advanced two-year (21 months) postgraduate degree, which provides skills and training in research techniques and methodology, suitable for anyone wishing to embark upon doctoral research in the social sciences or European politics. The course also provides an excellent intellectual foundation for many careers, including academic, professional, commercial, diplomatic and governmental positions. In recent years graduates have gone on to all such career paths.

How to find information about this course

More information and requirements for this course (including entry requirements) is on the University of Oxford Politics MPhil (European Politics and Society) webpage.

This webpage gives you a flavour of what you will learn from the course. You can also explore research at the Department of Politics and International Relations, for an idea of the important research questions and innovative methods pursued by our academic network.

Course outline

By the end of the two-year programme, students will have completed advanced training in the techniques and methodologies for political research, suitable as a foundation for doctoral research or other careers. Supervision of a 30,000-word individual research thesis will guide students’ application of new knowledge and skills in practice.

Applying to Oxford

As the MPhil in European Politics and Society is a research degree, you should give some indication of the topic of your second-year thesis in your application. Do not worry if you do not have a detailed research proposal: the first year of the MPhil programme is intended to help you to develop this.

You are advised to review the profiles of academic staff before you apply as successful applications always depend on the DPIR's capacity to offer appropriate supervision. However, you do not need to contact academic staff members before you apply

Please read about funding options and find links to further University guidance on our graduate fees and funding webpage.

Graduate stories

The MPhil degree in European Politics and Society has allowed me to gain deep knowledge about political science in the context of Europe and the EU. The department offers extensive training in research design, as well as excellent courses in both qualitative and quantitative methods.

EU MPhil students and alumni

Oxford's MPhil in European Politics and Society has helped lay the foundations for over 250 students’ further postgraduate research and careers over the last three decades. Many of those have since gone on to careers in government, civil and public service, NGOs, law, policy-making, research and academia.