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Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

The ELGS Master of Philosophy is a 2-year degree program which enables students to conduct independent research in the fields of Legal Research, Governance Studies, or on an interdisciplinary topic. It is supported by the expansive ELGS International Faculty network of over 100 legal and governance scholars and practitioners worldwide, the ELGS’ Partner Universities across Europe and the world, and the EPLO. Importantly, students of the program will be granted access to attend EPLO events on key themes in EU law and governance and to interact with renown EU leaders and decision-makers. Students graduate with a clear understanding and awareness of the most up-to-date scholarly research, as well as a solid network to support them in their career after the ELGS.

Successful applicants will be assigned a supervisor, based upon their academic interests, from the renowned International Faculty Network of the ELGS. Full time residency is not a requirement for this degree, but students may be required to attend several training sessions throughout the program which will be held at the EPLO premises in Greece. The first training session will introduce students to advanced research methods, while consecutive sessions focus on tutoring and teaching skills. Students are also expected attend classes, seminars, and lectures, as designated by their supervisors, and to be actively involved in presenting their research findings at conferences throughout Europe and the greater world . Upon completion of the program students will deliver up to a 50,000 word thesis and must successfully defend their thesis in front of an international jury to attain their MPhil.

While this program encourages mobility and flexibility, students are expected to be devoted full time to their MPhil studies. Candidate students that are employed should be able to balance work and study and deliver their thesis within the reasonable time limits.

Program Benefits

The ELGS MPhil program is a modern program of the highest academic standard, which has been designed with flexibility and mobility in mind. The International Faculty Network is comprised of professors and practitioners from throughout the world, which enables students to conduct research on a wide-range of topics, in many countries and in roughly 10 languages.*

*Pending the availability of a suitable supervisor.

Program Content

The structure and content of the program can be found below:

Year 1
  • Attend 2-week orientation program in mid October at Sounion (25 hours of classes in research methods, statistical methods, presentation preparation, public speaking)
  • Assign Supervisor and Devise Work Program
  • Attend classes and conferences as determined by supervisor
  • Meetings with supervisor
  • Qualifying Test (10,000 word paper on research proposal, Title, Draft Outline)

Year 2
  • Assist in undergraduate tutorials of the ELGS (for resident students)
  • Attend classes and conferences as determined by supervisor
  • Delivery of Thesis
  • Thesis Defense


The faculty for the MPhil in Legal Studies and/or MPhil in Governance is comprised of scholars and practitioners with notable international experience in their fields of research. Students will be matched with an appropriate supervisor by the ELGS from the list of members of the International Faculty Network and from the resident faculty of the school.

Admissions Requirements and Procedures

Academic Requirements
Students from all over the world are admitted following a rigorous application process. Prospective students for the MPhil should have a first or second class undergraduate degree in law, political sciences, or in a relevant field of the social sciences. High caliber students with a background in a different field of studies or a particularly competitive profile with evidence of relevant professional experience and long-term dedication to the field will also be considered. Due to the international nature of the program, degree equivalencies will be determined by the Faculty Board. Please note that students that are interested in pursuing a PhD but that do not have a postgraduate degree should apply for the MSt or MPhil program.
Language Requirements
All courses of the program will be taught in the English language. As a result, students originating from non-English speaking countries must evidence their level of English language skills in accordance with the following:
  • TOEFL Internet based, Score of 90 or above
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency, Grade B or above
  • Any other internationally recognized test with equivalent marks
  • Students intending to conduct their research in a language other than English must demonstrate their level of the relevant language skills.


To apply for a program, students must first review the application form and its requirements to ensure the collection of appropriate material. By the time they have gathered all documentation they should proceed with payment of the onetime application fee either at the relevant online portal or at via a bank transfer. Students should always add their surname, initial letter of their first name and Degree title in the deposit description. They can then proceed with their application which can only be conducted online and submit it along with the supporting documentation, listed below. All support documents must be in electronic format and uploaded to be sent with the application, except for the 2 reference letters, which should be emailed directly from Referees to MPhil admissions at MPhil@elgs.eu. Students may be invited to be interviewed. Link to the application process here.

At a glance, the application must include:

  • Completed online Application Form in English
  • Photograph (scanned and uploaded)
  • Application Fee of 50 euros
  • Most Recent Academic Record (scanned and uploaded)
  • Proof of English language skills if not native English speaker (TOEFL 90, Cambridge Proficiency grade B)
  • Proof of proficiency of language that thesis will be written in, if not native speaker
  • Personal Statement 400-600 words
  • Scholarship Request 400-600 words (optional)
  • 2 Reference Letters (if employed, one must be from current employer)
  • Research Proposal 1,500 words
  • 2 Academic Writing Samples on relevant topic

Applications are open for submission.


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Tuition & Aid

Tuition and Fees for MPhil students starting during the 2016-2017Academic year is as follows:
  • Application fee of 50€
  • Tuition fee per year for full time students 13,800€ per year
  • Accommodation fees as per availability and request

All students must be able to provide evidence of sufficient funding to cover the cost of their tuition fees throughout the duration of the program. If you have obtained funding from an outside source, please indicate this in your application. Please note that there are a limited number of scholarships available each year, which are select based upon merit. In the event that you are interested in being considered for a scholarship, please submit a scholarship request in the amount of 400-600 words.