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.
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.
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.
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.