Founded in 1895, LSE is one of the world’s leading social science institutions. The School offers a unique opportunity to study in an institution with a worldwide academic reputation whilst enjoying the cultural and social facilities of London – one of the world’s great capital cities. LSE itself is extremely cosmopolitan, with a student populace drawn from over 150 different countries. As a result, the student body incorporates a diverse cross-section of experience and beliefs.
The School’s location in central London is fundamental to its identity and reflects the easy interchange of ideas between the School and the world outside. Westminster, Whitehall, the business and financial institutions of the City, the Law courts and the media are all on the School’s doorstep. LSE is also home to the British Library of Political and Social Science, one of the largest libraries in the world devoted exclusively to the economic and social sciences, containing about four million items on open access and 28,000 journals.
The IR department at LSE is one of the oldest in the world. Since its foundation over seventy-five years ago, it has gained a global reputation in the field of IR theory. The Department was awarded a rating of 'Excellent' (5) in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and achieved 22/24 in the most recent Quality Assurance Agency Teaching Assessment. Current professors in the department include Chris Brown, Barry Buzan, Christopher Coker, Michael Cox, Fred Halliday, Kim Hutchings and John Sidel, while the Department as a whole contains an unrivalled range in both explanatory and normative theory. Students will get the chance to work alongside leading figures in the discipline in tackling some of the world’s most important concerns.