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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why should I choose the MSc Diplomacy and International Strategy over a more traditional Masters programme?
  • Who should apply to the MSc programme?
  • What is the Application deadline?
  • What are the Application criteria?
  • Am I still eligible if I already have a Masters?
  • Will the MSc Diplomacy and International Strategy use Distance Learning?
  • What are the fees?
  • Are there any scholarships schemes?
  • When does the MSc programme begin?
  • What is the Class Size?
  • Do I have to write a final dissertation?
  • How is the course assessed?

Why should I choose the MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy over a more traditional Masters programme?|

This Executive Masters course at the LSE has been designed to enable busy professionals and high-flyers to continue in their positions without the need to take a career break. Participants will be coached to challenge conventional thinking,  especially on threats that could arise from outside their area of expertise and what is needed to make strategies effective in the 21st century.

Who should apply to the MSc programme?|

The MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy is designed for senior and mid-level executives in a international corporation, or a firm planning to expand into a global market; diplomats, civil servants and international NGO employees. Candidates should have ideally 4-10 years professional experience and be living and working in London, or in near proximity on the continent.

What is the Application Deadline?|

Candidates are considered on a rolling admissions basis, as early as November for the following September intake.

What are the Application criteria? |

The formal criteria for admission is a good first degree, two references (academic or professional), and several years' working experience (ideally 4-10 years). Applicants must also provided a personal statement of 1-2 pages, setting out their interest in the course.

Am I still eligible if I already have a Masters?|

Yes. Global developments in the past decade have dramatically changed the business and policy environment. The programme's political and financial perspective, critical areas of strategic risk assessment and threat management, bring additional depth to the programme.

Will the MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy use Distance Learning?|

The course provides a central LSE electronic learning platform for course material, readings and seminar summaries. However, because of the confidential and contentious nature of the discussions and topics, it deliberately does not use 'webinar' or lecture capture.

What are the fees?  |

2015-2016:  £26,977

In order to secure your place on the course, you will be required to pay a pre-registration fee of 10% (£2,699.70) within 30 days of acceptance of your place.

For sponsored students, the remainder of the fees should be paid in one lump sum at the time of registration. For privately funded individuals you may pay in 3 instalments of £8,099.10 due on the following dates – 28th October, 28th January and 28th April.

If you have any query about Fees and Loans, please contact financedivision.execfees@lse.ac.uk |

Are there any scholarship schemes?|

There are no internal LSE scholarships for this programme at present. However, overseas candidates may be interested in applying to the FCO Chevening programme |for financial support. Please note that this must be done in country of origin. Please get in touch with the British Council, or your local British diplomatic mission, who will have further details on their website.

Please also note that Chevening awards do not cover all the fees for this executive MSc; successful candidates must make their own financial arrangements to cover the difference in the level of the award, and total fees. Levels of Chevening award may also vary from region to region.

When does the MSc programme begin?|

Seminars begin in September 2015 at the London School of Economics.

What is the class size?|

Approximately 30 places are granted.

Do I have to write a final dissertation?

As an integral part of this course, you have the opportunity to undertake a substantial project on a topic of your choosing, under the guidance of senior academics on the programme. This is your chance to hone your strategic and risk assessment skills whilst addressing a critical contemporary issue, and adding value to your organisation.

How is the course assessed?|

There are four compulsory courses:

IR 443 Strategy in a Changing World:

  • One summative – assessed essay of 4,000 words

IR 442 Diplomacy and Challenges:

  • One summative – assessed policy paper of 3000 words

IR 444 Strategy in Action

  • This course is assessed in conjunction with the Dissertation

IR 498 Dissertation:

  • 15,000 words to be submitted by 1st September 2016