About the MSc programme
LSE and Sciences Po joined forces in 2002 to sign an agreement establishing a double degree in international affairs. The double degree, which is based on reciprocal recognition of both curriculum and evaluation in the partner university, offers a top level education in international affairs and international relations/international political economy.
The double degree takes place over the course of two full academic years with the first year in Paris and the second in London.
The focus of the double degree is international affairs. It is designed primarily for those who intend to practise negotiation in government, international institutions and business, as well as those with a general interest in international relations and international political economy.
At the end of two years of successful study students will be awarded either a master's in International Security, a master's in International Economic Policy or a master's in International Public Management from Sciences Po and either MSc International Relations or MSc International Political Economy from LSE.
English is the only required language (though knowledge of French is useful).
Students who do not have a recognised secondary education or university degree taught and examined entirely in English must meet LSE's standard English requirement (see entry requirements).
Applications will be examined by a joint admissions board comprising representatives of both LSE and Sciences Po. Successful applicants will be notified by post and email. Please see the online application for details of how to apply.
In addition to the application form, you are required to submit
a full and official transcript of marks obtained for each year of third level education including the current year when available
a certified copy of your undergraduate degree (if applicable)
Documents written in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by a translation into one of the above languages.
a personal statement, to be submitted in English. In no more than 1,000 words, please describe your background, your career objectives in the field of international affairs and how obtaining the LSE/Sciences Po double degree will help you to achieve those objectives
two letters of recommendation. These can either be in French or English. They must be attached to your online application form or placed in an envelope sealed and signed on the back by the referee before being added to the application file.
a résumé in French or English
optional professional reference
Items 1 to 3 can be submitted as scanned attachments to the online application form. References may be submitted online or by post.
Year one: Sciences Po
The first year is spent at Sciences Po. Students join the Paris School of International Affairs and study for either a master's in International Security, a master's in International Economic Policy or a master's in International Public Management.
The double degree has specific requirements during the first year, including a joint seminar attended by all students irrespective of the master’s degree they are enrolled in.
Students will need to pass their first year at Sciences Po before being allowed to proceed to LSE.
Year two: LSE
The second year is spent at LSE and runs from October until September of the following year. It comprises three terms and the summer period for completion of the dissertation.
Students will enrol in either the MSc International Relations or the MSc International Political Economy.
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.
Most of our former MSc students go on to work in government, international organisations, financial institutions, journalism and corporations, but some continue on to research degrees and the academic profession.