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What do LSE International Relations graduates do?

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 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

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

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

Graduate profiles

These are detailed profiles exploring why LSE graduates initially chose to study with us as well as giving each graduate the opportunity to relive their LSE experience and fill us in on how their career has developed since graduation. We are grateful to all LSE graduates who have taken the time to complete our Graduate Profile Questionnaire in order to produce these profiles.

Amisha Bagri

BSc International Relations, 2010Currently studying MSc Management at UCL

Andrea Pechova

BSc International Relations, 2008MSc European Political Economy, 2009Research Analyst, Investment Management Association

Carolyn Breit

MSc International Political Economy, 2009Customer Support Manager, Sprout Social, Inc.

Claudine Vega

MSc in International Relations, 2006Graduate Recruiter, UK Marketing & Relationship Development, EMEIA Financial Services, EY

Joulan Khalek

MSc International Political Economy, 2010Junior Professional Associate, World Bank Group

Juan Angel Jeannet Arce

MSc in International Relations, 2009Associate Political Affairs Officer, United Nations

Niccolo Manzoni

Double MSc International Affairs LSE/Peking University, 2009Senior Consultant, Monitor

Sean Mulkerne

MSc Global Politics, 2010Intervention Manager, GEMS3-DFID

From the Internation 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.