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MSc Global Politics MSc Global Politics (Global Civil Society)

About the MSc programmes

This programme is based in the Department of Government, but the teaching is interdisciplinary and carried out by Government, the International Relations Department, the Department of International Development and the European Institute. It brings together many of the unique resources of these departments into a leading, interdisciplinary programme on globalisation, global governance and global politics. The programme brings together the expertise of LSE staff at the cutting edge of debates about globalisation and global politics.

We will consider applicants with a 2:1 or above in any discipline, with a considered interest in the area covered by the MSc.

Students can also apply for the Global Civil Society stream of the MSc Global Politics, which has a second compulsory course focusing on knowledge that can enhance the strategic capacity of global civil society organisations.

Programme details

The MSc includes a compulsory course, The Politics of Globalization, which all students must take. It draws on specialist knowledge from across the LSE's Politics staff to offer a comprehensive introduction to the changing structure of the global order, and the contemporary challenges of global politics. Students can also choose the Global Civil Society stream, in which case they must take a second compulsory course, Global Civil Society.

In addition, students will take other full-unit and/or half-unit courses to the total value of two units (one and a half units for those following the Global Civil Society stream). Students can choose from over fifty courses related to various aspects of global politics. Some of the courses focus on specific policy areas, notably global political economy, global security and war, the global environment, global health, the political economy of development, gender politics, and other key issues of global politics. Other courses focus on specific world regions (East, South and Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, and Europe). A complete list of options is available in the on-line Calendar. Please note that not every course is necessarily available each year, and some may only be available with permission of the course convenor and subject to space. All students must write a 10,000 word dissertation.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

  • The Politics of Globalisation examines the nature, the causes and the political consequences of globalization in a variety of domains, including security, culture, the economy, and the environment.
  • Global Civil Society* (required for students on the Global Civil Society stream only) provides students with the conceptual and empirical background that allows them to critically engage with the complex debate over global civil society.
  • Dissertation.

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations|.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

The programme is a good preparation for further research work or for a career in education, the public services or the private sector at national, international or global levels. The Global Civil Society stream offers a good preparation for careers in non-governmental organisations at national or global levels.


Application codes: M1UG, M1UY (Global Civil Society) (check availability|)

Start date: 2 October 2014

Duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time

Student intake/applications in 2012: 71/455

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in any discipline with a considered interest in the relevant area (see entry requirements|)

English requirement: Higher (see  entry requirements|)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: £19,176

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see  Fees and financial support|)

Application deadline: None