About the MSc programmes
These programmes are intended for graduates with a good first degree in politics, economics, history, international relations and other degrees with similar content.
The MSc International Political Economy is an advanced, academic study of the subject and would be suitable if you plan to progress to a career that might have an international focus. The MSc International Political Economy (Research) is designed as a preparation for future research work if you are entering the field from another related discipline, or if you wish to focus particularly on methodological training. It is not necessary to decide which programme you prefer until you submit your option choices in the Michaelmas term, normally in mid-October.
The majority of the teaching takes place in the Michaelmas and Lent terms. You must also submit a 10,000 word dissertation by 1 September.
For those interested in taking the LSE-Sciences Po Double Degree in International Affairs, comprising of a one year MSc programme at Sciences Po, Paris followed by MSc International Relations or International Political Economy, see LSE-Sciences Po Double Degree.
Applicants should note that these programmes focus on political economy and do not specialise in international economics. Although economic concepts are taken very seriously, the focus is firmly upon the political determinants and effects of economic outcomes.
International Political Economy provides an advanced introduction to concepts and contending approaches in international political economy, and an overview of the evolution of international economic relations since the late nineteenth century.
Research track only
Students on the non research track only will be expected to choose two full units from a range of options.
For full details of available courses see the Programme Regulations.
The programme has provided excellent prospects for early-career graduates, seeking entry to graduate programmes at top global firms, as well as for experienced graduates looked to reposition themselves for more senior roles. We have alumni in banking and financial journalism and in major consulting companies such as Ernst & Young, as well as in a wide range of governmental and non-governmental organisations throughout the world. A good number of our graduates continue on to research degrees and the academic profession.