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London School of Economics and Political Science, Full Time MSc Degrees in Politics & Government

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About the MSc programmes. The MSc Global Politics is a leading, interdisciplinary programme on globalisation, global governance and global politics. Read more

About the MSc programmes

The MSc Global Politics is a leading, interdisciplinary programme on globalisation, global governance and global politics.

Based in the Department of Government and taught by the Departments of Government, International Relations and International Development, and the European Institute, it makes the most of the expertise of LSE staff at the cutting edge of debates about globalisation and global politics.

The MSc includes a compulsory course, The Politics of Globalisation, which offers a comprehensive overview of the changing structure of the global order, and the impact of various dimensions of globalisation on politics among and within countries. In addition, you will select options from over 50 courses related to various aspects of global politics, and will complete a dissertation on an approved topic of your choice.

This programme will be a good preparation for further research work, or for a career in education, the public services or the private sector at national, international or global levels.

Graduate destinations

The programme is a good preparation for further research work or for a career in education, the public services or the private sector at national, international or global levels.

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About the MSc programme. This programme offers a multidisciplinary analysis of contemporary European Union government, politics and public policy, including its impact on the EU member states and the broader international system. Read more

About the MSc programme

This programme offers a multidisciplinary analysis of contemporary European Union government, politics and public policy, including its impact on the EU member states and the broader international system.

Its broad spectrum of courses draws on comparative political science, international relations, European Union law and European political economy and is based across three Departments: the European Institute, and the Departments of Government and International Relations.

The programme covers a wide array of topics across more than fifty courses, and you will have the opportunity to draw on the expertise of the largest number of academic experts in European government, politics and public policy to be found anywhere in Europe.

In addition to gaining a thorough knowledge of the EU, you will be able to analyse it in a multifaceted way which combines problem-solving and detailed empirical knowledge with the latest theoretical perspectives. We provide training in advanced analytical research skills combined with hands-on practical insights into EU politics and policy-making.

Graduate destinations

The programme is ideal for those considering a career that deals with European and global issues. The programme is an excellent preparation for further research work. Former graduates pursue successful careers in EU institutions, national governments, business, politics, academia, journalism and non-governmental organisations. LSE maintains excellent links with leading centres for the academic study of contemporary Europe and with the EU and national institutions.

Many leading organisations give careers presentations at the School during the year, and the Careers Service has a wide range of resources available to assist students in their job search. 

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About the MSc programme. Comparative politics is the comparative study of political systems. The MSc Comparative Politics looks for sophisticated analytical answers to basic political questions. Read more

About the MSc programme

Comparative politics is the comparative study of political systems. The MSc Comparative Politics looks for sophisticated analytical answers to basic political questions: Why are some countries democratic while others are not? Why are some countries torn by ethnic conflict? Do constitutions matter?

The programme is methodologically eclectic yet rigorous, with an emphasis on historical approaches. It offers courses in the fields of democracy and democratisation, nationalism and ethnicity, comparative political economy and political institutions, popular politics, and politics of the developing world as well as a wide range of country- and area-specific options. Regional foci include Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, India, China and South-East Asia. You can choose a specialism allowing you to develop deeper expertise on any of these subject areas within comparative politics.

The programme is good preparation for further research work or for a career in media, political consultancy, international organisations, public administration or the private sector.

Graduate destinations

Graduates from our MSc have gone on to successful careers in politics, media, NGOs, Foreign Service, finance and academia.

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About the MSc programme. This programme offers an intensive, year-long exploration of the relations between politics, media and communications. Read more

About the MSc programme

This programme offers an intensive, year-long exploration of the relations between politics, media and communications.

It aims to give you an advanced understanding of theoretical and applied knowledge in the intersecting fields of politics and communication research. It provides you with the flexibility to pursue particular topics of interest in the fields of media, politics and communication, culminating in an independent research project in politics and communications. The programme is ideal preparation for research work and employment in media, politics, communication and related fields.

You will study compulsory courses in Political Communication, Theories and Concepts in Media and Communications, Methods of Research in Media and Communications and Democracy and the Media, and optional courses to the value of one unit. You will also have the opportunity to take courses taught in the Department of Government, in addition to those within your Department.

We attract students from a diverse range of backgrounds, often including those with professional experience of working in media and communications-related fields, offering the opportunity to network and exchange ideas.

Graduate destinations

On graduating, our students enter a variety of careers in the UK and abroad, including broadcasting, journalism, advertising, new media industries, political marketing, market research, regulation and policy, media management and research in both the public and private sectors.

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About the MSc programme. Political sociology is a subject with a long and distinguished history and a thriving contemporary debate. Read more

About the MSc programme

Political sociology is a subject with a long and distinguished history and a thriving contemporary debate. The MSc Political Sociology is designed to look beneath the day-to-day controversies of politics in order to explore the underlying forces that either promote or retard political and social change.

The programme will provide you with the analytical tools and the empirical knowledge to understand some of the fundamental forces that have shaped, and are shaping, the world in which we live. It combines a strong core course that explores classic empirical and historical puzzles about the relationship between politics and society, with the flexibility to develop individual interests in a wide range of different areas. It will give you the opportunity to expand your knowledge of politics and society, and to build up special expertise in particular areas.

It will also give you the opportunity to develop your capacity for rigorous oral and written argument. Seminar discussion and essay writing will foster a critical approach that will encourage you to re-evaluate commonly accepted ideas, to consider alternative explanations for important social and political developments, and to support your own conclusions with carefully deployed evidence.

Graduate destinations

Students go into a wide range of professions including academic research, teaching, politics, diplomacy, government policy-making, public administration, journalism, the media, law, publishing, industry, and management, as well as working for think tanks, activist groups, international bodies, and non-governmental organisations.

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About the MSc programme. Organised jointly by LSE and . Peking University.  (PKU), this double master’s degree offers an outstanding opportunity to study the international relations of China and the Asia Pacific region, as well as the theory and history of global international relations. Read more

About the MSc programme

Organised jointly by LSE and Peking University (PKU), this double master’s degree offers an outstanding opportunity to study the international relations of China and the Asia Pacific region, as well as the theory and history of global international relations.

This programme will be ideal for graduate students and young professionals. You will spend your first year at the School of International Studies at Peking University, and the second year at LSE. It will allow you to:

  • experience a full academic programme in both China and Europe
  • take courses in both the International Relations Department and the Department of International History at LSE
  • combine an empirical and a theoretical approach to contemporary international affairs
  • study in small seminar groups of no more than 15 students
  • engage at an advanced level with the latest academic research and undertake your own research-based term work and dissertations

The programme provides an excellent preparation for careers in academia, business or consulting, government or international agencies, the media, politics and law.

The courses in London will be taught in English, while those in Beijing will be taught in Chinese or English, giving students a choice about which language they want to use for their studies.

All applicants apply via LSE. This includes applicants from the People’s Republic of China, and areas of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and PKU students.

Once you successfully complete your studies at both institutions, you will be conferred Master Degree of Law and Master Degree of Sciences by PKU and LSE respectively.

Graduate destinations

The programme provides an excellent preparation for careers in academia, business or consulting, government or international agencies, the media, politics and law.

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About the MSc programme. The MSc Regulation is based in the Department of Law and the Department of Government and offers you the chance to study regulation within a systematic framework. Read more

About the MSc programme

The MSc Regulation is based in the Department of Law and the Department of Government and offers you the chance to study regulation within a systematic framework.

Regulatory growth and reform has been an international 'policy boom' in recent years. Governments have increasingly used regulation in preference to other policy instruments. Transnational regulation – often involving a diversity of non-state actors – has become a defining feature of the international economy. Regulation therefore plays a central role in the contemporary understanding of law and public policy. As a field of study, regulation requires a multidisciplinary approach. Legal, political and economic issues are intertwined and each has to be understood to make sense of the overall process.

The programme takes a distinctive multidisciplinary approach, which concentrates on institutional issues and behaviour in regulation – regulatory bureaucracies, interest groups, legislators and courts – in addition to the economic aspects of regulation. We aim to bring together the contrasting North American and European perspectives on regulation, and to juxtapose experience of regulatory practice with theoretical ideas about how regulation works.

Graduate destinations

Graduates from the MSc Regulation have gone on to successful careers in politics and government, regulatory bodies, international organisations, law, finance and other regulated services, the media, non-governmental organisations and academia.

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About the MSc programme. The MSc Conflict Studies is dedicated to the analysis of violent conflict and its management or resolution. Read more

About the MSc programme

The MSc Conflict Studies is dedicated to the analysis of violent conflict and its management or resolution. Its interests range from the interaction of high-level international, domestic and local politics, to the ideological, cultural and political economy factors in violent conflict.

Faculty are pedagogical and methodological pluralists, interested in explaining the causes, dynamics and outcomes of conflict and developing new perspectives on the institutional and non-institutional means by which conflicts can be better managed.

The MSc Conflict Studies has at its core some fundamental questions about what causes violent conflict. Why does it happen when it does and where it does? How and why do conflicts change over time? What can be done to manage or resolve a conflict? What is the role of international politics, or civil society? We aim to address these major questions that are pivotal to the comparative study of politics. The involvement of leading experts in the field will provide you with insights and critical thinking on the latest theoretical developments, research and best policy practices.

We aim to provide a multi-disciplinary perspective on the study of conflict which will be a valuable learning experience for those who wish to develop careers in the policy world in governments and public service, international organisations, security agencies, the media, NGOs or finance, as well as providing an excellent foundation if you wish to progress to a PhD programme. While many students who have taken the programme have gone on to successful careers in these fields, many have also come to us from such careers and with experience of work in major conflict zones, and have found their perspectives and skills enhanced by the in-depth learning experience at LSE.

Our goal is less to teach you how to think about conflict normatively, though this is an element in some courses, but more how to develop your skills to research and analyse conflict. The programme also offers an array of extracurricular activities each academic year, including guest speakers, public lectures, colloquia and workshops, and film screenings.

Graduate destinations

Previous graduates have developed careers in the policy world in governments and public service, international organisations, security agencies, the media, NGOs and finance. The programme is also an excellent foundation for those students who wish to progress to a PhD programme.

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

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.

You may also 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. 

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.  

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.

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About the MSc programme. This programme gives you the chance to understand and appreciate both the theoretical and the empirical approach to the study of international relations. Read more

About the MSc programme

This programme gives you the chance to understand and appreciate both the theoretical and the empirical approach to the study of international relations.

This is a joint degree with the International Relations Department and based in the International History Department. It allows you to benefit from the expertise of two highly-rated Departments, sampling courses in both. You will therefore gain an understanding of both international relations theory, taught by leading experts in the field, and recent international history.

The structure of the degree is intended to ensure a good balance between international history and international relations. This means it is an excellent preparation for those contemplating further research in either area, as well as being accessible to those who are making the transition from related disciplines such as political science, modern languages, economics, law or journalism.

The programme provides you with the opportunity to specialise in a wide range of geographical regions or other aspects of international relations including world wars, East-West conflict, European integration, the role of political doctrines and ideologies, revolutions and national liberation struggles.

Graduate destinations

The programme provides an excellent preparation for careers in business, consulting, government, international agencies, the media, politics and law, or for advanced academic research.

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About the MSc Programme. The MSc Health and International Development programme explores the key issues and inter-relationships that exist between public health, global politics, and international development. Read more

About the MSc Programme

The MSc Health and International Development programme explores the key issues and inter-relationships that exist between public health, global politics, and international development.

Improving global health is an essential component of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) set by UN member states in 2015 to frame their policies over the next decade. Many of the challenges faced by international development policy makers are related to public health issues, and this programme will provide you with the skills needed to address and overcome these challenges.

The MSc Health and International Development will help you to understand the complex relationships between health and poverty/inequality in and across low and middle income countries. You will also evaluate multi-disciplinary evidence on a range of global health issues and interventions and apply this evidence to policy analysis. The experience you gain from this programme will enable you to understand how health, poverty and inequality interact. 

The MSc Health and International Development programme is flexible and enables you to shape your studies to your own needs and interests. Optional courses include: Poverty; African Development; Migration; Economic Development; Sexual and Reproductive Health; Gender and Social Change in the Global South, Complex Emergencies, Managing Humanitarianism, Information Communication Technologies. The MSc Health and International Development programme includes an opportunity to do a Consultancy Project.

Graduate Destinations

Students in the Department come from a wide range of international and professional backgrounds. Graduates from the Department of International Development go on to work for a wide range of employers including NGOs, INGOs, government, the private sector and research institutions.

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About the executive MSc programme. Developed for decision-makers, the executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy is designed to enhance strategic thinking and diplomatic negotiation skills. Read more

About the executive MSc programme

Developed for decision-makers, the executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy is designed to enhance strategic thinking and diplomatic negotiation skills. You will acquire the analytical tools to understand a changing world and the policy expertise to operate within it.

The programme examines the changing landscape of international relations, with a focus on the emergence of new strategic actors, economic trends, security challenges, and global flashpoints.

In sharply-focused seminars, you will challenge conventional wisdom on these topics. Workshops and simulations on crisis management, policy assessment and diplomatic negotiations will provide you with the practical skills to operate in a fast-moving world.

You will learn how to deal with emerging threats and risks by operating strategically, and how to solve problems by negotiating with stakeholders as well as adversaries.

You will be studying with a combination of LSE academics and senior policy practitioners sharing their experience at the highest levels of diplomacy and business.

The one year programme is intended for professionals in the public, private, or NGO sectors with at least four years of work experience aiming to proceed to senior positions. Places are deliberately restricted to ensure high calibre discussion and intellectual engagement. With a select intake, the programme gives you a powerful networking opportunity with a diverse cohort of international students.

The programme is taught in four intensive weeks, weekly evening sessions, and two 'policy weekend retreats'. This structure is designed to allow time-pressured professionals to combine their existing jobs with study.

Graduate destinations

Many graduates have continued to work in their current organisations, bringing new insights to their role or moving to a higher level.

Others have used the programme as a way to change the direction of their career, towards new jobs in government, international organisations, foreign policy consultancy, and NGOs.



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About the MSc programmes. These programmes study international relations from a theoretical perspective. They are suitable for those intending to proceed to a research degree and an academic career, as well as those seeking to gain a conceptual grasp of contemporary international relations. Read more

About the MSc programmes

These programmes study international relations from a theoretical perspective. They are suitable for those intending to proceed to a research degree and an academic career, as well as those seeking to gain a conceptual grasp of contemporary international relations. They explore ways in which people think about IR, how international relations are theorised and why they act the way they do when conducting international relations as a field of practice. The compulsory course covers the main explanatory and normative approaches in the international relations theory: realism liberalism, the English School, constructivism, normative theory, gender and feminist writings and post colonial perspectives. It explores international relations as knowledge, as a social science and as a practical discipline.

The research track shares the same core course, Theories of International Relations, but also includes a compulsory course in social research methods

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.

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About the MSc programme

Drawing on the research expertise and practical experience of the Department of Economic History and the Department of International Development, this integrated programme uses techniques of long-run growth analysis to inform modern approaches to development policy and practice.

The programme combines in-depth analyses of historical patterns of growth, explorations of concrete development problems – and policy responses to them – and regional courses that draw on theory and empirical evidence to appraise development processes and outcomes in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It provides an integrated, comparative assessment of current development debates, and locates them in appropriate historical and theoretical contexts.

You will consider questions such as how and when some developing economies 'converged' with industrialised countries, while the growth performance of others was more erratic, and why problems of poverty, inequality, instability and violence still characterise large parts of the world.

This will be an ideal programme if you are planning a career in development work. It will also provide a good foundation for social science research in the development field.

Graduate destinations

The programme is primarily intended for students planning a career in development work, and provides a good foundation for social science research in development.

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About the MSc programme. The programme is designed to enable you to gain a deeper understanding of the tools available for environmental policy and regulation, and the diverse contexts within which they operate, and evaluate the impact of policies for the economy, society and the natural environment. Read more

About the MSc programme

The programme is designed to enable you to gain a deeper understanding of the tools available for environmental policy and regulation, and the diverse contexts within which they operate, and evaluate the impact of policies for the economy, society and the natural environment.

The need for greater environmental protection is becoming increasingly acknowledged in both the public and private sectors. There is also a need to explore how broad concerns lead to specific policies or plans, and what factors shape the performance of different regulatory instruments on the ground.

The MSc Environmental Policy and Regulation analyses the nature and efficacy of different approaches to environmental policy and regulation. It considers the influence of different forms of environmental policy and regulation at the international, national and local levels and the role of environmental evaluation techniques. Issues are addressed within a distinctive social science framework that uses theory to understand practice, thereby equipping you with the skills you need to work on environmental policy and regulation in the public, private or NGO sectors.

Graduate destinations

You will have the skills to enter a wide variety of employment opportunities in the public sector, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), international organisations, research, consultancy and national/multinational firms.

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