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About the MSc programme

MSc International Relations is an advanced, academic study of the subject from a global perspective.

You will have the opportunity to study a broad range of issues, including the formulation and implementation of foreign policy, relations between states and governments, international organisations and NGOs, international law, conflict and post-conflict peace-making and transitional justice, the role of empire or revolutions in world politics, and gender and international relations. You can also choose to focus on specific regions, such as Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa or specific countries such as China, Russia and the US.

The programme includes a core course, International Politics, which provides an historical and theoretical analysis of core concepts in international relations, of the normative and analytic issues involved, and of their relationship to the social sciences in general. You will also submit a 10,000 word dissertation, which allows you to explore a topic of your own choice in depth, and choose optional courses to the value of two units. 

This programme is offered by the Department of International Relations, which is ranked 5th in the QS World University Ranking by Subject 2018 tables for Politics and International Studies. Its reputation for international excellence was recognised in the most recent National Research Assessment Exercise when the IR and Government Departments, assessed as one unit, received one of the highest rankings. In the Foreign Policy''s 2018 Best International Relations Schools in the World table, LSE was listed top UK institution for the 'Top Master's Program for Policy Career in International Relations'.

You may also be interested in the MSc International Relations Theory programme which has a different core course, Theories of International Relations, but does not entail a compulsory methodology course.

Or, you may be interested in the MSc International Relations (Research) programme which has a different core course, Theories of International Relations, and entails a compulsory methodology course. 

Graduate destinations

Most of our former MSc students go on to work in government, international organisations, financial institutions, journalism and corporations, but some continue on to research degrees and the academic profession.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme


Visit the MSc International Relations page on the London School of Economics and Political Science website for more details!

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