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What do LSE International Relations graduates do?

In 2014/15, 92.34% of leavers from the Department of Accounting and Finance were in employment, completing further study or doing something else six months after graduation.

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

Many graduates opted to continue their study of international relations and politics at postgraduate level whilst other leavers chose to transfer the skills they developed at LSE to other disciplines. For example, each year several International Relations graduates go on to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law in preparation for careers in the legal profession.

The Department of International Relations at LSE has also played an international role in training future university teachers and can count at least 50 former students now teaching international relations in universities throughout the world.

The median starting salary of graduates from the Accounting department working full time in the UK was £30,000 in 2014/15.  

To find out more about LSE graduate destinations by specific International Relations degree programmes, see graduate destinations by course.

Graduate profiles

View International Relations graduate profiles.

From the International Relations blog:

  • Dr Joe Hoover - Lecturer in International Politics at City University, London
  • Marjo Koivisto - Private Sector Development Specialist in Financial and Private Sector Development, Africa Region, World Bank
  • Amisha Bagri - Knighton White (a boutique consultancy)

Visit their featured alumni page for more International Relations graduate stories.

Employability skills

Students develop many widely transferable skills during their studies including excellent written and verbal communications skills, research skills and notably, an understanding of complex political and cultural issues.

Particular skills gained include the ability to research using a variety of sources. Students can create, evaluate and assess a range of options, sifting material and weighing up arguments. Students are able to critically analyse information and can assess problems and arguments, reach conclusions and discuss them clearly.