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MSc Theory and History of International Relations


This is a joint degree with the International Relations Department which allows students to sample courses in both departments. Those taking the programme therefore gain a feel for both international relations theory, taught by leading experts in the field, and recent international history. This gives students a chance to understand and appreciate both the theoretical and the empirical approach to the study of international relations.

The structure of the degree is intended to ensure a good balance between International History and International Relations. Students choose one broad course in each department, before using their third option to select one of the many highly specialised courses offered by the two departments. Students then complete their degree by doing a history dissertation, which will give them a chance to conduct their own empirical research on a detailed historical case-study.

The degree thus represents an excellent preparation for those contemplating further research in either international history or international relations, as well as being accessible to those who are making the transition from related disciplines such as political science, modern languages, economics, law or journalism. The programme provides students with the opportunity to specialise in a wide range of geographical regions or other aspects of international relations including world wars, East-West conflict, European integration, the role of political doctrines and ideologies, revolutions and national liberation struggles. It's also a way to benefit from the expertise of two highly-rated LSE departments.

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of three units from a range of options and to write a compulsory dissertation.

Please read the following important information with further details on course options: Programme Regulations.