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International Relations Graduate Career Destinations

Graduates of the Department have excellent career prospects, as can be seen in the summaries of 2010-13 student employment destinations below.

In 2012/13, 94% of undergraduate leavers and 88% of postgraduate leavers from the Department of International Relations were in employment, completing further study or taking time out to travel just six months after graduation.

International Relations graduates found work with a wide range of employers including:

  • multilateral and intergovernmental organisations
  • non-government organisations (NGOs)
  • banking and accounting services
  • local and national government
  • education
  • media and publishing companies

Their job titles vary hugely from Account Manager to White House intern, and they are employed by such companies as Amnesty International, Apple, British Council, European Foundation for Democracy, Foreign Office, HSBC, International Criminal Court, JP Morgan, The White House, the UN and the World Bank.

PhD graduates from the IR Department have gone on to work for the BBC, the Eurasia Group, the National Secular Society, Saudi Research and Marketing, US Department of State, and to teach in universities such as LSE, UCL, King's College London, Sussex, Cambridge, Minho, Campinas, Royal Holloway and Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Minas Gerais.

33.8% of IR Department postgraduate students for the last three years 2010-13 remain in the UK, but overall they have located to 64 different countries.

The average starting salary in 2012/13 of undergraduates from the International Relations department was £21,400 and for postgraduates £33,600.

You can view a full breakdown of these statistics here.

For more details see the International Relations LSE Careers page.

Visit our blog to read the thoughts of the featured alumni from the International Relations Department.

BSc in IR 2010-13 student employment destinations


MSc in IR 2010-13 student employment destinations


MSc in International Political Economy
2010-13 student employment destinations


MSc in International Relations Theory
2010-13 student employment destinations


MSc in Global Politics 2010-13 student employment destinations


You can explore the above statistics in more detail here.

LSE Careers

LSE Careers is an extensive resource available to LSE students and recent alumni. Once registered as an LSE student you will be able to access the variety of resources and services it provides. These include careers fairs, employer presentations, interview and application skills sessions, one-to-one careers advice and CV checking.

LSE attracts a large number of recruiters, whom, in many cases, actively target our students and only choose to visit certain university campuses.