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A welcome from the Head of Department

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Welcome to the London School of Economics and Political Science, one of the world's leading social science institutions, and to the International Relations (IR) Department.  As a Department we are now in our 86th year, making us one of the oldest as well as largest in the world.

The Department has about 500 students in any given year, drawn from more than 30 countries.  There are approximately 200 undergraduate students, the majority of whom are on the three years of the BSc IR programme, and the remainder on the one-year General Course.  We also have about 220 postgraduate students on our MSc  programmes.  In addition, we have about 80 research students registered in the Department at any one time.  Our research students are initially registered for the MPhil but the majority go on to complete a PhD and many then go into academia in the UK and overseas.    

The Department also has a vibrant research culture which enhances our teaching programme.  Details of staff research interests and areas of expertise, research centres and units attached to the Department and IR research student topics are included on this website, in addition to a detailed breakdown of programmes of study and FAQs.  We  hope that you will find the website of interest and assistance.

Professor Chris Hughes
Head of Department

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