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LSE – PKU Double MSc Degree in International Affairs

About the MSc programme

Organised jointly by LSE and Peking University, this double MSc degree offers an outstanding opportunity for graduate students and young professionals. The first year is spent at the School of International Studies at Peking University, studying the international relations of China and the Asia Pacific region. The second year is spent at LSE, studying the theory and history of global international relations. It offers the following benefits:

  • gaining an insight into international affairs through studying at the best universities in the social sciences in China and in Europe
  • while at LSE, courses in the Departments of International Relations and International History
  • combining an empirical and a theoretical approach to contemporary international affairs
  • engaging at an advanced level with the latest academic research and undertaking your own research-based term work and dissertation

Programme details

At Peking University, students take a core course on Chinese Politics and Diplomacy and can select other courses among the wide variety on offer in the School of International Studies. Students can choose among courses taught in English and in Chinese. They complete the first year programme by writing and defending a dissertation on a topic relevant to their studies. The dissertation can be written in English or in Chinese.

At LSE, students take core courses in both the International Relations and the International History Departments, take a third course from the wide range of options offered by the two Departments, and complete the programme with a dissertation on a relevant topic in international history.

Course assessment is by assessed coursework (in some courses) and by a final exam.

Year one: PKU


Students are required to achieve 22 credits plus finish and defend a dissertation while studying at Peking University in the first year. Please note: The PKU dissertation does not count towards any credits at PKU but it is compulsory. Students cannot progress to year two at LSE without successfully completing year one at PKU.

Compulsory courses

  • Chinese Politics and Diplomacy.
  • Dissertation and Oral Defence (the  dissertation can be written either in Chinese or English).
  • Chinese language (for international students).
  • Applied English for Chinese students.

Students will be expected to choose five courses from a range of options.

Year two: LSE

Course choice and acceptance into specific courses depends on the availability of courses in a given year, staffing resources, the number of seminars offered for a particular course and student demand.

Compulsory courses

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of two units from a range of options.

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 provides an excellent preparation for careers in academia, business or consulting, government or international agencies, the media, politics and law.

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Application code: V2IA (check availability)

Start date: Early September 2015 at PKU, Beijing

Duration: 24 months full-time only. The first 12 months are spent in Beijing, the second at LSE

Intake/applications in 2013: 22/109

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in any discipline (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: Year one at PKU CN 95,000. Year two at LSE £19,344

Financial support: For year two at LSE, Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support)

How to apply: All applicants apply via LSE. This includes applicants from the People's Republic of China, and areas of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and PKU students

All applicants from the mainland of People's Republic of China who do not have dual citizenship (ie do not hold a second passport) must complete the National Entrance Examination for Postgraduate students in China. Applicants holding identity cards from Macau, Hong Kong, or Taiwan do not need to take the National Entrance Examination but must register with PKU Graduate School. Please register online at http://grs.pku.edu.cn/zsxx/gat.          It is necessary for these students to contact the School of International Studies at Peking University before submitting an application to assess their eligibility for PKU, by mid December

All non-PRC students, upon accepting the offer, must: go to the PKU online application (pre-registration) system; fill in the PKU form; pay the pre-registration fee CNY 400 online by 24 April 2015; print out and sign the form; and, together with TWO passport size photos and a copy of the passport page with name, post it to Ms. LIU Qian, Program Officer, B101, School of International Studies, Peking University, No.5 Yiheyuan Road, 100871, Beijing China. Tel:86-10-62759199, Fax:86-10-62758954, Email:liuqian2013@pku.edu.cn. Unless otherwise required, PKU needs to receive this package by 5 May 2015. If you do not complete the above mentioned registration with PKU and mail the required documents before the deadline, you will not be able to be enrolled by PKU for the year of 2015

For further information about the National Entrance Examination for Postgraduate students in China and about the application process please contact Mr Zhang Chunping, Director of International Programs Office, on lsepku@126.com or edulis@126.com or call +86 10 6276 5111 or fax +86 10 6275 8954

IMPORTANT - For this programme dual citizenship means you have a full passport of another country, aside from the passport, residence permit or identity card for the People's Republic of China, including Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan

Application deadline: Applications must be completed (all supporting documents received) by 28 February 2015