About us

A centre of excellence for the study of Europe

The future of Europe will be defined by its response to a number of challenges: from Brexit to the war in Ukraine, national and international responses to migration and asylum, internal and external pressures on the Eurozone, and the impact of globalisation and nationalism on society and culture.

Our motto is 'Study Europe. Understand the World.', because the issues we face are not unique to our continent. We are not bound by a Eurocentric approach to our work. On the contrary; through a critical approach to studying Europe, we can better understand the world around us.

The EI is truly multi-disciplinary, with experts in the fields of politics, economics, geography, history, political economy, anthropology, philosophy, sociology and international relations.
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Centre of Excellence

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 European Institute offers a range of Masters Programmes and an extensive PhD Programme. We have one of the largest cohorts of European Studies students anywhere in the world with around 225 Masters students and 30 doctoral students from all regions of the globe. 

We are outward looking and have a number of international partners, including Sciences Po (Paris), Bocconi University (Milan) and Fudan University (Shanghai) with whom we have a Double Masters programmes.

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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.

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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.

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