The executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy is a unique programme designed to enhance the strategic vision of working professionals.
The programme will provide you with both the analytical tools to understand a changing world and the policy skills to operate within it. Lectures focus on:
strategy and strategic thinking in international affairs
the emergence of new strategic actors, such as China and India
global economic trends after the financial crisis
developments in the world's key regions, such as Europe and the Middle East
new security issues, such as climate change
global flashpoints, such as Brexit, the South China Sea and Syria
the principles and tools of diplomacy
In sharply-focused seminars, you'll challenge conventional wisdom on these topics. Workshops and policy simulations on crisis management, and diplomatic negotiations will provide you with practical insights into what has been learned from the lectures.
You will learn how to deal with emerging threats and risks by operating strategically, and how to solve common problems by negotiating with stakeholders as well as adversaries. Find out more about the curriculum.
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. See the full list of programme faculty.
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 your existing jobs with study. View the complete programme calendar for 2017-2018.
The 1 year course 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. Take a look at our student profiles to see who you could be studying alongside.
The executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy is managed by LSE IDEAS, the LSE's foreign policy think tank currently ranked the third best university think tank in the world.
Benefit from IDEAS events and research and be part of a thriving intellectual community by studying at a world leading think tank.
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, moving into new jobs in government, international organisations, and foreign policy consultancy. You can find out more about careers after the programme.
After graduating, you will also become member of our IDEAS Alumni Network with access to exclusive events and more. Find out more about the IDEAS Alumni network.
Questions? See the answers to our Frequently Asked Questions.