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MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy

About the Executive MSc programme

This executive programme is organised and managed by LSE IDEAS|, the centre for International Affairs, Diplomacy and Strategy. The programme offers the following benefits:

  • Study within a group of professionals in a leading world centre for the subject, situated in the only UK institution devoted to the social sciences, and in a thriving research community
  • Intellectual input from leading LSE academics in the field of strategy and diplomacy
  • Involvement from senior policy practitioners on core analytical issues
  • In-depth focus on the complex threats and risks of the contemporary international landscape
  • Unique emphasis on how to address the national and trans-national challenges of the future
  • Opportunity for active student participation in a small group environment
  • International networking with LSE IDEAS's academic and professional contacts

The Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy examines the changing and confusing global landscape created by the fundamental shifts that have occurred in domestic and international relations in the past 20 years. This unique programme is expressly designed to equip future leaders and their advisers with a clear understanding of the diversity of state, non-state and natural hazards confronting governments and societies. As the period of stability and growth falters, there is a greater propensity to conflict within and between countries in future decades.

Therefore, above all, this programme is designed to enhance decision makers' confidence in their strategic vision on how to address these myriad challenges of the 21st century. As an integral part of the established LSE Executive Programme, it is focused on applicability and relevance, of how to manage risk and change. Enrolment is deliberately restricted to ensure high calibre discussion and intellectual engagement with a minimum of five years of work experiences.

This programme is particularly suitable for professionals intending to proceed to senior political or corporate level positions, but will also be of interest to those wishing to deepen their conceptual grasp of contemporary international relations, and how to address the complex challenges of the future.

Programme details

The teaching is concentrated in the following units:

  • Four intensive weeks in October, December, January and March
  • Twenty weekly evening seminars from October to March
  • Two policy weekends in November and March

The Summer term is devoted to writing a 3000 word dissertation plan and a 15,000 dissertation on a topic agreed with the dissertation supervisor.

Compulsory courses 

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations|(2013 information).

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 majority of graduates have continued to work in their previous posts, though very often at a higher level after having completed their studies. Others meanwhile have changed direction entirely with some moving into full-time education, others into international organisations, and quite a few into foreign policy consultancy.


lse.ac.uk/internationalRelations|, lse.ac.uk/ideas|

Application code: L2UJ (check availability|)

Start date: 2 October 2014

Duration: 12 months (Note: This is considered a full-time programme at LSE. The unique teaching arrangements are part-time, with ongoing employment) 

Intake/applications in 2012: 22/118

Minimum entry requirement: This is a master's degree for mid-career level professionals/civil servants who have spent several years in full time employment and have previously achieved a good first degree in politics, history, international relations or similar disciplines at undergraduate level (entry requirements|)

English requirement: Higher (English requirements|)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: £25,959

Financial support: This programme is not eligible for the Graduate Support Scheme

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions