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
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Study with LSE Experts and Policy Practitioners
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.
Combine work with study
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.
High-calibre international participants
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.
Be part of a leading Think Tank
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.
After the Executive Programme
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.
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