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LSE–Peking University Double MSc in International Affairs

Offered jointly by LSE and Peking University

 

LSE-Peking Univeristy Double Degree Programme Video LSE-Peking Univeristy Double Degree Programme Video
Watch students and Dr Ronald C. Po, Programme Director (2019), talk about the opportunities and benefits of doing a dual degree in International Affairs.

This innovative double MSc degree offers an outstanding opportunity for graduate students and young professionals to study the international relations of China and the Asia Pacific region, as well as the theory and history of global international relations. The first year is spent at Peking University, with a focus on public policy and administration in China and the Asia Pacific region. The second year is spent at LSE includes a range of compulsory and optional courses, as well as completing a research-based dissertation.

The programme offers the following benefits:

  • Experience a full academic programme in both China and Europe
  • While at LSE, take courses in both the International Relations Department and the Department of International History
  • 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 combines an empirical and theoretical approach to public policy and administration. You will engage at an advanced level with the latest academic research and undertaking your own research-based term work and dissertation. This programme will be a good preparation for further research work or for a career in education, public administration or the private sector, the media, politics and law.

Assessment is primarily by examination, although some courses also have an assessed course work component. 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 study.

Find out more about fees and entry requirements

Study programme

At Peking University, students take a core course on Chinese Politics and Diplomacy and can select other courses among the wide variety on offer in the School of International Studies. Students can choose among courses taught in English and in Chinese. They complete the first year programme by writing and defending a dissertation on a topic relevant to their studies. The dissertation can be written in English or in Chinese.

At LSE, students take core courses in both the International Relations and the International History Departments, take a third course from the wide range of options offered by the two Departments, and complete the programme with a dissertation on a relevant topic in international history.Course assessment is by assessed coursework (in some courses) and by a final exam.

Please note that courses listed for study both at PKU and the LSE are subject to availability. More information on courses and their availability can be found in the programme regulations.

This is a two year full-time course. Students will spend the first year at PKU and the second year studying at LSE in London.

Admissions and visa

All applicants apply via the LSE online application form. This includes applicants from the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and PKU students.

For 2019 entry, applications must be completed (all supporting documents received) by Saturday, March 9, 2019.

All applicants from Peoples Republic of China who do not have dual citizenship (i.e. do not hold a passport from another third country) must complete the National Entrance Examination for Postgraduate students in China. Applicants from Macau, Hong Kong, and Taiwan do not need to take the National Entrance Examination as stated in the paper version of the LSE-PKU prospectus. For further information about the National Entrance Examination for Postgraduate students in China and about the application process please contact Mr Zhang Chunping

All students who intend to take up this offer should contact LSE and PKU via email Grad.Dual.Degree@lse.ac.uk and xueyanfeng@pku.edu.cn to confirm their acceptance of a place on the programme.

*You must go to the PKU online application (pre-registration) system, fill in the PKU form and pay the pre-registration fee of CNY 400 online by Monday, April 15, 2019. Then follow these steps:

• Hardcopy of the pre-registration form with signature and FIVE copies of passport size photo and a copy of the passport page with name, post it to Ms. XUE Yanfeng, Program Officer, B101, School of International Studies, Peking University, No.5 Yiheyuan Road, 100871, Beijing China. Tel:86-10-62759199. Unless otherwise required, PKU needs to receive this package by April 26, 2019.

• Soft copy of the PKU Pre-registration form (in PDF) and passport size photo in white background need to be RECEIVED at XUE Yanfeng (Ms.)’s email address xueyanfeng@pku.edu.cn by April 26, 2019.

The deadline for receipt of the required documents in hard copy is by April 26, 2019.

Please note that if you fail to complete the above mentioned registration with PKU and mail the required documents before the deadline, you will not be able to be enrolled by PKU for the year of 2019.
 
Important - For this programme dual citizenship means you have a full passport of another country, aside from the passport, residence permit or identity card for the Peoples Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan.

  • UK Visa

If you are a non-EU, non-EEA or Swiss national, you will need a student visa. In order that you are able to apply for a visa, the LSE will issue you with a 'Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies' (CAS) number and statement after year one of the double degree. You will not be able to begin the visa application process until you receive this information. CAS numbers and statements will be issued by LSE and sent to you ONLY after Peking University has forwarded a Progression List to LSE, confirming names of students who have successfully completed year one of the course and have satisfied all progression requirements. The Progression List is forwarded to LSE around mid-July of year one of the programme. Further details on all aspects of the visa application process will accompany the CAS.

  • China Visa

All applicants from Peoples Republic of China who do not have dual citizenship (i.e. do not hold a passport from another third country) must complete the National Entrance Examination for Postgraduate students in China. Applicants from Macau, Hong Kong, and Taiwan do not need to take the National Entrance Examination as stated in the paper version of the LSE-PKU prospectus.

It is necessary for these students to contact the School of International Studies at Peking University before submitting an application to assess their eligibility for PKU.

For further information about the National Entrance Examination for Postgraduate students in China and about the application process please contact Mr Zhang Chunping.

Once they have accepted an offer of place in the Programme, successful applicants are required to complete the online PKU Pre-registration form. Applicants are also required to send to PKU a set of original application documents and pay a PKU registration fee.

Studying at PKU

For just over a century, Peking University has been the centre of research within China and remains China's top institution of higher learning. Students of the LSE-PKU programme engage in intense study of Chinese politics, history, and economics with a staff that is highly regarded amongst Chinese and international academics. The environment surrounding campus offers students ample locations for quiet study. Whether it is on the campus greens, the library, or in one of the many cafes located just outside of campus.

In the Peking University public lecture series, students can meet and learn from the world's greatest minds and political figures. Recent lectures have included Henry Kissinger, former US Secretary of Defense William Perry, New York Times' military correspondent, Michael Gordon, and historian Akira Iriye, Harvard Professor of international history.

Finding information with Beijing is rarely a problem. Students of the PKU-LSE program will study at the Peking University School of International Studies (SIS). To assist student research within the program, a portion of the library at SIS is designated specifically for the literature of the LSE-PKU program. In addition, the general Peking University library is the top university library in China. However, in the unlikely case that the resources at these libraries is not suitable, students are also allowed to use the National Library in the centre of Beijing in addition to the online resources of the London School of Economics.

  • Library

As a student of the Double Degree Program, you will have access to two libraries of PKU, the SIS library and the PKU library. You can find your course readings, books and journals on international relations at the SIS library. However, the English collections are limited. The PKU library has considerable English collections on all the subjects of humanities and social sciences. Most of these are in the reading room of humanities and social sciences, the second floor. The reading room of the American Studies Center (5th floor) also has many books on International Relations and American politics.  You can borrow approximately 20 books from the two libraries. Do not forget to bring your PKU student ID card when you visit the libraries. The PKU library also subscribes many databases and electronic journals. However, if you live off campus at PKU it is difficult to use them. The LSE e-library is also available for electronic resources. If you are require further resources, the National Library of China is not far from campus.

  • Public lectures

As the most prestigious academic institution in China, PKU holds many lectures everyday. Most of the speakers are scholars, senior officials, and business elites. Some lectures are given in English by speakers from overseas. However, the PKU website does not have an English webpage with lectures information.

  • Housing

Housing in Beijing depends greatly on the needs and preferences of the individual. The two options available for international students are on campus residences and private residences.

The residences at Peking University offer several choices for international students and differing price ranges. The quality of life within the residence depends on the cost of the room or suite you occupy per day. Students have the option of living in three residential scenarios: 1, a single room attached to either a larger common area that includes a kitchen, sitting room, and bathroom with two other residents; 2, a single room attached to a smaller common room with a kitchen and bathroom with one other resident; or, 3, a twin room that has a shared bathroom and kitchen with an entire floor.

Students who decide to live on campus find that there are many advantages to living at Peking University. The Peking University residences are slightly cheaper than private residences. Students often say that living close to lecture halls and the library afford them sufficient time to study. It is easier to get involved with campus events and activities, societies, clubs, and sports. Finally, living on campus in international student housing gives students the opportunity to experience the most beautiful and famous university in China and immerse themselves in the mix of international students from Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America.

Students who decide to live off campus find that they are closer to events and activities outside of campus, and gain a better perspective of what living in China is actually like. Beijing is increasingly becoming an international city and the foundation for future commerce, travel, and Chinese culture. Students can find fantastic apartments throughout the city that fit a student's budget.

Often times, these apartments are more spacious and contain many conveniences that on campus housing do not have. Most Peking University students live in Huaqingjiayuan-Wudaokou, a lively neighbourhood in the Haidan District. Most international students prefer Huaqingjiauan - Wudaokou because of its proximity to major subway stations and Peking University. Wudaokou is a short 30-minute walk from the West Gate of Peking University and taxis, and buses run back and forth from Wudaokou regularly. Rent runs tends to be around 3,000 - 4,000 RMB per month for a 1 person flat and 5,000-6,000 RMB for 2 to 3 person flats. If students are interested in living off campus, it would be best to consult the Time Out Beijing Website before coming to Beijing.

Another good website is The Beijinger. It is also suggested that if a student is not proficient in Mandarin, it would be best to have an interpreter to explain the terms of agreement associated with letting a private residence. The terms and conditions of renting an apartment may require detailed explanation as foreign students may not be familiar with Chinese contract law.

  • Social life and extra-curricular activities

Living in China opens a vast opportunity to experience the culture, interact with people, and travel throughout Asia. Previous LSE-PKU students have noted that the cohesion and interplay between students of international affairs and the rich international exposure they can receive has had a great influence on their lives while living in Beijing.

On a daily basis, students can engage in Chinese cultural traditions as well as the activities of their home country due to the mix of students and expatriates that call Beijing home. Peking University has many clubs and organizations that combine fun and personal growth. Clubs and organizations are a great way to make friends and practice Mandarin in real life situations.

Students of the program have been highly successful in obtaining internships, both a paid and unpaid in business, multinational organizations, and non-profit organizations. Furthermore, students have used their time in Beijing to conduct personal research on development, poverty, the environment, and the 2008 Olympic Games.

Travel within Asia is a preferred past time of students during holiday breaks. Popular destination points include: the Himalayas, the Silk Road, North and Southeast Asia, and many other destinations within China. In the words of one student: "It is a place of both cohesion and contradiction. Its is a dynamic country that falls under one time zone, and yet every experience and interaction for me remains timeless."

The Wikitravel gives advice on food, nightlife and shopping at Wudaokou ( 五道口), which is an excellent area for bars and restaurants, and is right next to the PKU campus.

The Beijinger is also a useful resource.

The LSE-PKU Double Degree now has a Facebook group forum for student discussions and feedback. Please join LSE PKU Facebook Student and Alumni Network.

Please email if you would like to contact past and current students of the Programme.

  • Banking

Beijing is home to many branches of the banks you may already use in your home countries. Deutchesbank, Citibank, and HSBC have several branches scattered around the city. This allows students to keep track of their spending while skipping out on the fees that would have accumulated with other card issuers.

There are branches of each of these banks within walking distance from campus. Other students recommend Bank of China as there is a branch right outside the southwest gate of campus and setting up an account is easy. A Bank of China account may have additional benefits when it comes to paying tuition.

  • Travel

Public transportation from Peking University to the city centre has never been problematic, but it surely brings one closer to Beijing's 15 million citizens. The Beijing subway has recently been expanded to accommodate the city's growing population and make the city more accessible for foreign visitors.

This is expansion includes a stop just outside of the Peking University campus (soon to be completed). The subway, however, may feel claustrophobic at times. To get away from this experience, taxis are an excellent alternative and in China they fit a student's budget.
Beijing International Airport is only an hour away from campus by taxi and has daily flights to nearly all destinations in the world.

This is a great advantage for students travelling back to their home countries or visiting other destinations around the world. That taxi fare from Peking University to the Airport will cost about 100 RMB.

  • Eating

China is known for it's vast cuisine. So much so that a common greeting in China is: "Have you eaten?" The cafeterias on campus serve a wide variety of food, not only from various parts of China, but also from many different countries around the world. One could quite easily enjoy a different cuisine every night of the week.

The on campus food tends to be rather inexpensive, but that could be said of most restaurants throughout China in general. In the neighbourhoods surrounding Peking University there are many restaurants to choose from and all at reasonable prices. Eating out in Beijing for students tends to be the norm rather than the exception due to how inexpensive it is.

The Wikitravel websitegives advice food, nightlife and shopping at Wudaokou ( 五道口), which is an excellent area for bars and restaurants, and is right next to the PKU campus.

  • Student-Recommended Links

Websites

LSE Department of International History
LSE Department of International Relations
LSE Graduate Admissions Office
LSE Graduate Prospectus
Peking University
School of International Studies, Peking University
LSE Accomodation Office
University of London Housing Services

London and UK Travel Information

Rail enquiries and tickets
Tube, overground and London bus info
Commuting by bike
Airports
Student travel

Academic sites

National Library of China
The British Library
National Archives of the United Kingdom
Senate House Library (University of London)
H-Diplo
National Security Archive

Year 1 - Peking University

At Year 1 in Peking University, students take a core course on Chinese Politics and Diplomacy and a Chinese/English language course. They can select other courses among a wide variety of courses offered at the School of International Studies. Students can choose a total of five one-semester elective courses. They conclude the First Year of the programme by submitting a dissertation on a topic relevant to their studies which can be written in English or in Chinese and pass the thesis defence accordingly.

Core Courses

For a total of 7 (3 + 4 for the language course) credits (obligatory for Chinese students). International students are required to complete courses for 5 credits. Chinese students and international students must choose 1 and 3 and 1 and 2 respectively.

  • Chinese Politics and Diplomacy. Taught by Dr. He Jiani.
  • Thesis Writing Seminar. Taught by Dr. Xu Liang, Dr. He Jiani, and Dr. Chen Muyang.
  • Chinese Language Course for International Students (two-semester course, compulsory for all non-Chinese students in the first semester - counts 2 credits; optional in the second semester – counts 2 credits). Offered by PKU Chinese Language Centre.
  • MSc Dissertation (please note that although compulsory, the Dissertation does not count credits)

Elective Courses

Students must choose 5 courses, 3 credits each, for a total of 15 credits. (Chinese students must take at least 4 courses in English). All courses are 3 credits, except the one with an asterisk, which is 2 credits.

Courses taught in English

Course Title (Chinese)

Course Title (English)

任课教师

Lecturer

开课学期

Semester

国际安全与中国国防

International Security and China’s National Defense

JIE Dalei

节大磊

Fall

第一学期

中国近代对外关系(1840-1949)

Foreign Relations of Modern China(1840-1949)

LI Yangfan

李扬帆

Fall

第一学期

中国与中东非洲国家关系研究

China’s Relations with the Middle East and Africa

 

WANG Suolao & LIU Haifang

王锁劳&刘海方

 

Fall

第一学期

新闻媒体与国际关系

 

Media and International Relations

FAN Shiming

范士明

Fall

第一学期

环境外交

Environmental Diplomacy

ZHANG Haibin

张海滨

Fall

第一学期

东南亚综合研究

Southeast Asia Studies

ZHAI Kun

翟崑

Fall

第一学期

能源问题研究

Studies on Energy Issues

CHEN Shaofeng

陈绍锋

Fall

第一学期

中国政治与

公共政策

Chinese Politics and Public Policy

LEI Shaohua

雷少华

Fall

第一学期

中国的人口政策

China’s Demographic Policy

QIAO Xiaochun

乔晓春

Fall

第一学期

社会科学定量方法

Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences

LUO Hang

罗杭

Fall

第一学期

中国外交的文化维度

Cultural Dimensions of China's Foreign Relations

CHEN Changwei

陈长伟

Fall

第一学期

国际政治经济中的中国

International Political Economy of China

ZHA Daojiong

査道炯

Spring

第二学期

中国与全球经济研究

China and Global Economy

WANG Yong

王勇

Spring

第二学期

东亚国际关系

International Relations of East Asia

GUI Yongtao

归泳涛

Spring

第二学期

当代中美关系

Contemporary China-US Relations

WANG Dong

& FAN Shiming

王栋&范士明

Spring

第二学期

非洲综合研究

African Comprehensive Studies

LIU Haifang

刘海方

Spring

第二学期

非洲综合研究

Australia and the World: International Migration, Multiculturalism and Diaspora Linkages

 

KEE Pookong

纪宝坤

 

 

Spring

第二学期

 

中国与全球发展

China and Global Development

 

Chen Muyang陈沐阳

 

Spring

第二学期

中国、美国和全球安全(能否排课待定)*

The United States, China, & Global Security*

FAN Shiming

范士明

Spring

第二学期

Courses taught in Chinese, 中文
All courses are 3 credits, except the ones with an asterisk, which are 2 credits.

课程

课教师

职称

当代世界社会主义前沿问题研究

关贵海、张光明、孔凡君、郭洁、项佐涛、唐士其等,各9课时

第一学期

美国外交研究

王栋副教授

第一学期

中国对外经济关系研究

丁斗教授

第一学期

区域一体化的政治经济学

陈绍锋副教授

第一学期

中国国际战略的理论与实践

翟崑教授

第一学期

西方政治思想研究

许振洲教授

第一学期

东南亚地区研究

韦民教授

第一学期

中国对外政策分析

张清敏教授

第一学期

民族与民族主义

王联教授

第一学期

中美关系研究

范士明副教授

第一学期

俄罗斯东欧社会政治演变

关贵海副教授

第一学期

亚非研究中的若干理论问题

刘海方副教授

第一学期

中国多边外交研究

沈青兰副教授

第一学期

东北亚地区研究

梁云祥教授

第一学期

台湾政治经济专题研究

李义虎教授

第一学期

中国周边安全环境研究

张小明教授

第一学期

联合国与国际组织

张海滨教授

第一学期

中国边疆与民族专题研究*

张植荣教授

第一学期

港澳政治经济专题研究*

印红标教授

第一学期

南亚国际关系

韩华副教授

第一学期

国际冲突与危机管理

初晓波教授

第一学期

非洲民族主义研究

许亮助理教授

第一学期

国际关系专题研究

梅然副教授、连玉如教授、张小明教授、王栋副教授、归泳涛副教授、王缉思教授

第一学期

拉美地区研究

郭洁副教授

第一学期

国际政治学理论

王逸舟教授

第一学期

非洲政治、经济与外交研究

刘海方副教授

第一学期

中亚地区研究

吴强副教授

第一学期

政治学原著选读

唐士其教授

第一学期

能源政治经济学

查道炯教授

第一学期

中国传统政治制度研究

许振洲教授

第一学期

社会科学定量方法

罗杭助理教授

第一学期

社会主义国家政治体制研究

项佐涛副教授

第一学期

政治发展

汪卫华副教授

第一学期

国际组织与全球治理前沿名家讲座

陈沐阳助理教授

第一学期

伊斯兰世界的政治研究

钱雪梅副教授

第一学期

国际关系原著选读

袁明教授

第二学期

全球性议题研究

查道炯教授

第二学期

全球化的政治经济学

董昭华副教授

第二学期

发展与转型的政治经济研究

王正毅教授

第二学期

国家竞争力研究

朱文莉教授

第二学期

比较政治理论

潘维教授

第二学期

比较历史分析

汪卫华副教授

第二学期

理解世界政治

王缉思教授

第二学期

比较政治经济研究(国际政治经济学导论)

朱文莉教授

第二学期

国际货币体系研究

丁斗教授

第二学期

国际贸易政治经济学研究

王勇教授

第二学期

德国政治研究

(欧洲联盟问题研究)

连玉如教授

第二学期

东北亚问题研究

于铁军副教授

第二学期

二十世纪中国政治专题研究*

印红标教授

第二学期

中国外交思想研究

叶自成教授

第二学期

战后中日关系研究

李寒梅教授

第二学期

全球化与东亚

韦民教授

第二学期

日本问题研究

梁云祥教授

或归泳涛副教授

第二学期

多重视域下的中国外交思想史研究

李扬帆副教授

第二学期

环境气候与国际关系研究

张海滨教授

第二学期

中东政治、经济和社会研究

王锁劳副教授

第二学期

中苏关系及其影响研究

孔凡君教授

第二学期

政治学理论研究

节大磊副教授

第二学期

转型国家政治经济比较研究

郭洁副教授

第二学期

外交学理论与实践

陈长伟副教授

第二学期

中国古代政治思想研究*

许振洲教授

第二学期

美国政治经济研究

朱文莉教授

第二学期

中国对外关系史专题研究

赫佳妮助理教授

第二学期

中国与全球发展政策

陈沐阳助理教授

第二学期

理解世界政治

王缉思教授

第二学期

基础汉语(国际学生,不可抵修专业课)*
Language: Chinese (for international students, non-substitutable for subject courses)

 

第二学期

Dissertation

Dissertation and Oral Defence (the dissertation can be written either in English or in Chinese)

Progression to Year 2

 

In order to successfully progress to year 2 at the LSE, students must obtain 22 (18+4 for the language course) credits plus finish a dissertation in year 1 at Peking University. Please note that while its completion is compulsory, the PKU dissertation does not carry any credits.

Students will progress to Year 2 at LSE upon meeting the following standards:

Students are required to achieve minimum pass grades in all courses and dissertation as formulated by PKU for this Programme.

Failure to achieve pass in any courses (including the dissertation) will lead to retaking the courses and re-sitting the exams in the following year.

In addition to passing all PKU required exams to progress to year 2, students are required to pass their PKU dissertation defence before 15th July which is the date when the progression list is sent to LSE. Students who fail to pass the thesis defence will NOT progress to the second year study at LSE. As per PKU regulations for graduate students are that all the study and assignments should be completed within two academic years. If a student cannot meet this requirement and needs to defer graduation due to delay in thesis defence, they must formally request an extension term  by submitting the extension term application form to the University.

PRC students who cannot achieve the English language proficiency qualifications required by the LSE for this Programme by 15th July of year 1 will not be allowed to progress to year 2 and consequently drop off from the programme. Students in their year 1 at PKU will receive visa invitations to the UK (including the CAS code) and information on registration at LSE once LSE has received the progression list from SIS/PKU in mid-July. This list contains the names of students who are qualified for progression to year 2 at LSE.

Year 2 - LSE

LSE-PKU students currently in their year 1 at PKU will receive visa invitations to the UK (including the CAS code) and information regarding registration at LSE only after LSE has received the progression list from SIS/PKU in mid-July. This list will have the names of students who have successfully passed all required exams at PKU to qualify for progression to year 2 at LSE.

Students will take a core course in the Department of International History, then choose their other two taught options from a range of courses in the Departments of International Relations and International History, before completing the programme with a research dissertation on a relevant topic from the history of international affairs.

* The LSE does not have a credit system. To complete the second year study at the LSE, you must successfully pass the four compulsory papers listed below.

Paper 1 (compulsory course)

Paper 2: IR Options

Choose one course from the following list:

NB. All IR courses are Controlled Access, which means that students will be required to complete the Student Statement box on the online application form, accessible from course selection page/s on LSE for You, indicating why you wish to take the course. Places on these courses are subject to availability. Further guidance will be provided at the Programme Induction at the start of term.

Paper 3: Options

Choose one additional full unit or two half units from the courses listed below, or from other course options offered by other related departments at LSE (subject to availability and permission from the Programme Director):

** indicates that the course is Controlled Access (see above).

Paper 4: Dissertation

The Dissertation will be supervised within the Department of International History at LSE and will be on a historical aspect of international affairs.

Other International History Masters programmes