Welcome to our arriving students

in the Department of International Relations

We are working very hard to make sure that next year is going to be academically engaging and exciting for you all!

Professor Karen E Smith, Head of the Department of International Relations

Welcome to the LSE and the Department of International Relations!

Below you will find all of the information you need for your arrival, and to help you settle in.

Please note that this page has not yet been updated for 2020!
Please feel free to browse last year's information and check back later for information on arriving in September 2020.

How to find us

We are located on the 8th, 9th and 10th floors of the new Centre Building, Houghton Street, at the heart of the main LSE campus. 

For more information, accessibility and maps, see our Contact us page.


If you’re a new student joining us this year, registration is compulsory. Visit New Student Programme Registration to find out when your registration takes place, and what documents you’ll need. 

LSE School Welcome events

There are lots of presentations and activities during your first weeks.

LSE Welcome presentations are compulsory for all new students. Please see the Welcome Presentations for full details of date, time and location.

For information about the Student Services Showcase and the Welcome Fair please consult the Welcome Guide and the LSE Student Union.

International Relations Department Welcome events

Join us for Welcome 2019 and the wide variety of sessions listed below to help you get settled in the Department. Make sure you attend the Welcome Meeting for your programme, as here you will find out everything you need to know and have the chance to meet academic faculty and your peers.

Details of orientation sessions, plus other breakfasts, coffee mornings, drop-in sessions and other events will be sent out to you nearer the time, so keep an eye on your inbox!

We also have Welcome packs containing sustainable goodies for our arriving students, so please see further down the page for the drop-in times to collect them.

For all IR staff and students

Expanding Your Studies: Opportunities in the Department of International Relations
Open to all staff and students in the Department
Friday 27 September 2019, 15.00-16.30, Room: Sheikh Zayed Theatre in the New Academic Building (NAB) [note new venue]
View the presentation slides [PDF]

Department Party on Friday 27 September 18.30-21.00
Open to all staff and students in the Department - venue confirmed by email

For undergraduate students

Settling In: Beginning your BSc International Relations degree
BSc International Relations Year 1 Orientation (single honours only)
Wednesday 25 September 2019, 9.30-11.00, Room: Parish Hall PAR.LG.03. There is an optional breakfast from 9.00 for the early birds!
View the presentation slides [PDF]

For taught course postgraduate students

Studying for an MSc in International Relations (Theory) and MSc in International Relations (Research): What to expect from the year ahead
MSc International Relations (Theory) and MSc International Relations (Research) Orientation
Wednesday 25 September 2019, 11.00-12.30, Room: New Academic Building NAB.2.08
View the presentation slides [PDF]

Studying for an MSc in International Relations: What to expect from the year ahead
MSc International Relations Orientation
Wednesday 25 September 2019, 14.00-15.30, Room: Clement House CLM.4.02
View the presentation slides [PDF]

MSc Breakfast Buffet
Join us for an informal gathering of MSc students from all IR and IPE programmes
Thursday 26 September 2019, 09.30-10.30, Room: CBG.1.07 [Please note room change!]

Studying for an MSc in International Political Economy (IPE): What to expect from the year ahead
MSc IPE and IPE (Research) Orientation
Thursday 26 September 2019, 11.00-12.30, Room: Centre Building Yangtze Lecture Theatre CBG.2.01 
View the presentation slides [PDF]

Sciences Po and LSE:What to expect from a Double Degree
Sciences Po-LSE Double Degree Orientation
As a Double Degree student, make sure you also attend the MSc International Relations or MSc International Political Economy (IPE) orientation meetings depending on your choice of programme.
Thursday 26 September 2019, 12.30-13.30, Room: Centre Building Level 8 Meeting Room 1 CBG.8.16 

For General Course students

Doing the General Course: What to expect from the year ahead
General Course Orientation
Thursday 26 September 2019, 15.00-16.30, Room: Centre Building CBG.1.05
View the presentation slides [PDF]

For MPhil/PhD students

Beginning Your PhD: What to expect from the year ahead
International Relations PhD Orientation (new students only)
Thursday 26 September 2019, 14.30-16.00, Room: Centre Building Level 8 Meeting Room 1 CBG.8.16

Please only attend the orientation meeting for the course for which you have been accepted. Occasionally some graduate students accept a place on a programme in the hope of changing their course of study on arrival. Please note that this is only allowed in exceptional circumstances and should be discussed with your academic mentor.

Arriving students - come and collect your Welcome pack!

Attention all incoming MSc students, and all incoming BSc students (both single and joint honours) - you can come and collect merchandise!

In addition to the events above, we’re also putting on sessions when you can come and collect your Welcome packs from us (which are available for both single honours and joint honours students). These contain lots of useful information, in addition to your IR hoodie and some other items to set you off on the right foot at LSE. The IR Department is very focussed on sustainability, so all of these items meet the highest sustainability standards.

You need to bring your LSE ID Card to collect your Welcome bag - no card, no bag!

View and download the presentation slides from your programme Welcome meeting

Preparing for study: find out more about the department and your programme

You can visit our Current Students web area to get an idea of what is happening in the department, from social events to how teaching works, to exams and assessments.

You can also take a look at the School calendar.

Our Department handbooks are also available online.

If you’re joining us as an MSc student, read this department guide on how to make your Graduate Course Choice (GCC):

Graduate Course Choice FAQs

How and when do I sign up for my courses?

First year undergraduates - find out more at Selecting Courses.

Taught postgraduates - find out more on the Course Selection webpages.

Keeping in touch: contacts and community

Before you arrive make sure you follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook and Instagram.

You can also join our private department offerholders Facebook groups: 

You will need to submit your offer holder number for admission to the Facebook groups. This number can be found on all LSE correspondence to you, including your offer holder letter.


Also, don't forget to sign up for the Student Hub and follow our Department page! You will also be able to make appointments to see faculty members via Bookings on the Student Hub.


If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch via:

BSc queries: ir.bsc@lse.ac.uk
Undergraduate Co-ordinators: Adnan Khan and Jackie Sarpong

MSc queries: ir.msc@lse.ac.uk
Postgraduate Co-ordinators: Ellis Kerby and Amanda Schulz

Research/PhD queries: ir.research@lse.ac.uk
Research and PhD Manager: Sarah Helias
Research and PhD Co-ordinator: Romy Mokogwu

Or visit our People page to contact a member of staff directly.