Careers & Destinations

ESPS attracts applicants from many different countries; the degree produces graduates who go on to undertake research or professional training and take up employment in a range of fields such as journalism, government or business, in the UK and internationally.

Selected Destinations

Job Title
Analyst Mothercare plc
Graduate Scheme The Cabinet Office
Online Editor Real Business
Web Marketing & Web Management European Society for Medical Oncology
Intern United Nations Institute for Training & Research
Business Development Intern Bloomberg LP (UK)
Management Consultant
KPMG Advisory
Investment Analyst
Goldman Sachs
Cabinet of EU Commissioner Joaquín Almunia
Head of Regional Development Admin Team HM Treasury


Laura Cronk

Laura Cronk (2011)
"The huge scope of the course is matched by the vastness of the city and wide range of nationalities, personalities and ambitions of the people you study alongside. ESPS is a competitive, challenging global degree in a global city; having completed it you'll find the world at your feet.

Those in my year have dispersed to the four corners of the Earth for internships, further education and careers. I've remained at UCL in the Centre for European Studies, and feel that ESPS, more than simply preparing me for postgraduate study, was fundamental to instigating and sustaining my decision to take this path."

Eliza Galos

Eliza Galos (2010)
"Back in Romania, I was looking for a BA that could accommodate my desire to explore a variety of social sciences (History, Politics, Economics) and the wish to learn an additional language.

Since I participated in EU-related contests and travelled in a number of European countries before starting university, ESPS seemed like the perfect BA. My exchange year in Italy was life-changing because I became fluent in Italian and because I discovered the academic subject I am truly interested in, which is Migration."

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Martina Gili (2010)
"Motivation and ambition are contagious and studying side by side with excellent students triggers discussions, positive exchange, sometimes disagreements, but it certainly does not leave you unaffected.

I personally specialised in what could be called History of Thought, learning to contextualize modern thinking and events, to understand the present, and to look at the future in a more creative and pro-active way.

During my year abroad in Barcelona, I developed a real passion for documentaries, which I decided to pursue after graduation. I first did a documentary certificate at the London Film Academy to get hands-on experience, then later shot a documentary in the countryside of Luxor, Egypt.

The notions that I learned in ESPS have proved to be applicable to different subject-areas. Not only did I gain a ground (and critical) understanding of the world and of how things go, but I also developed invaluable research, analytical and writing skills."

Stephan Vogel

Stephan Vogel (2009)
"ESPS stood out with its flexibility to combine language study with a social science specialisation and the integrated year abroad, allowing me to study in my chosen language and experience a different culture. The chance to work independently on my own research alsom appealed.

Working as a management consultant with KPMG Advisory, I appreciated the analytical tools and critical thinking I developed in ESPS. Planning research and managing my dissertation were excellent preparation for the role, and an inquisitive mind is key for advising my clients on improving their business performance."

Hinako Yoshida

Hinako Yoshida (2009) "After graduating from ESPS, I started as an investment analyst at Goldman Sachs in its Hong Kong and Tokyo offices. Understanding the global political and economic lanscape and being able to respond quickly to new developments has been key for my success.

The experience of a year abroad in Florence is a lifetime treasure that I would not have experienced with just any Economics degree! The dissertation was a special component of the degree that really pushed me academically - it strengthened my endurance and independent thinking, which is a very similar process to researching an investment idea."

Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson (2008)
"ESPS is a wonderful degree in the sense that it allows one to combine both a passion for the quizzical, the abstract and the ‘academic’ with more tangible skills - fluency in a language, a proven track record in independent research and, if one chooses, a training in more ‘vocational’ subjects such as economics or law.

In this sense ESPS students are provided with a uniquely rounded education which, in turn, translates into an adeptness at quickly coping with unfamiliar topics and disciplines and a propensity for independent and critical thinking. Though the focus of my career has moved slightly away from Europe since graduating, these skills, which I acquired from ESPS, continue to serve me well."

Joanna Parkin

Joanne Parkin (2006)
"ESPS was instrumental in me obtaining position as speechwriter for the Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Policy at the European Commission. I was only aware of the job through ESPS and UCL as the department was contacted directly by the Commission and the post was not advertised openly elsewhere.

This reflects the level of international esteem held for the university and the degree course. The ability to combine language study while gaining an extensive knowledge of European affairs has proved invaluable given that a second language is obligatory for employment in the European Commission."

Alison Mallard

Alison Mallard (2006)
"ESPS opened up so many opportunities to me as a graduate student. The combination of language and humanities meant I was able to undertake a year of funded postgraduate study in Berlin, made possible by my language skills and my year abroad studying in Hamburg. As a researcher, I am also able to consult German language commentary and texts - a great advantage in the area of Kant studies, and a nice touch to any academic proposal.

ESPS was perhaps most formative in giving me a taste for independent research. Crucially, the philosophical ideas and research skills that I developed as part of the dissertation and the European Research Seminar allowed me to develop a detailed PhD proposal for the ESRC 1+3 application and meant I secured funding for the full duration of my graduate studies."

Aleksandra Krakiewicz

Aleksandra Krakiewiecz (2003)
"ESPS is special because it brings together a diverse mix of students from different backgrounds. I not only learned a lot from other students’ experience and knowledge of various European countries - it was also an ideal preparation for working in a multinational environment, such as the United Nations in my case.

The dissertation provided a rare opportunity to produce a first piece of independent research. Initially, this helped me decide that I wanted undertake a research degree. I felt confident about writing a doctoral thesis and doing fieldwork abroad and that I had the organisational skills, independence and self-discipline that postgraduate research requires."

Dan Rosenfield

Dan Rosenfield (2000)
"I chose to study the degree because it allowed me to combine my interest in modern languages with my interest in politics and philosophy. The programme offered the flexibility to cater for personal choice, yet enough focus to give a clear sense of aim and direction.

After leaving UCL, I joined the civil service with a post in HM Treasury. First I worked in the Welfare to Work team, which aims to expand economic and employment opportunities and improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of public services. After, I joined the Tax Policy team, working on general business tax and budget issues. Working for the Government is both exciting and challenging - you must quickly become an expert in your policy area, offering sound advice and critical analysis."