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MSc International Relations/MSc in International Relations (Research)

The MSc International Relations is an advanced, academic study of the subject. It is suitable if you plan to progress to a career with an international focus. The MSc International Relations (Research) is designed as a preparation for research work and includes Methodology courses. Home/EU applicants intending to apply for ESRC funding should apply to this programme rather than the 'straight' MSc IR.

Most of the teaching takes place in the Michaelmas and Lent Terms.
A 10,000 word dissertation must be submitted by 1 September, or if this falls at the weekend, the first working day after 1 September.

Full details about all our graduate courses here.

Video about MSc International Relations

In this short video MSc IR Programme Director Dr Katerina Dalacoura answers the following questions:

  • What is international relations?
  • How does the IR programme differ from others in the department and the School?
  • What specific subjects are covered in the core course and options?
  • What kinds of backgrounds do students on the course have?
  • What kind of jobs do they get?

Further information for prospective applicants

Further information for offer holders: course structures and indicative reading

Please click through to each individual course number and the indicative reading section for each course is towards the bottom of each page.

Please note that the degree regulations and course structures are only updated in the summer of each year, and until that happens the links will point to the current year's information.


Further information for offer holders and current students

The following information is only accessible from within the School on an LSE network computer or with an LSE username and password: