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MSc Global Politics

Please note that the Global Civil Society stream of this programme has been withdrawn for 2015/6. Current applicants will be considered for the general stream in the first instance.

About the MSc programme

This programme is based in the Department of Government, but the teaching is interdisciplinary and carried out by Government, the International Relations Department, the Department of International Development and the European Institute. It brings together many of the unique resources of these departments into a leading, interdisciplinary programme on globalisation, global governance and global politics. The programme brings together the expertise of LSE staff at the cutting edge of debates about globalisation and global politics.

We will consider applicants with a 2:1 or above in any discipline, with a considered interest in the area covered by the MSc.

Programme details

The MSc includes a compulsory course, The Politics of Globalisation, which all students must take. It draws on specialist knowledge from across the LSE's Politics staff to offer a comprehensive introduction to the changing structure of the global order, and the contemporary challenges of global politics.

In addition, students will take other full unit and/or half unit courses to the total value of two units. Students can choose from over fifty courses related to various aspects of global politics. Some of the courses focus on specific policy areas, notably global political economy, global security and war, the global environment, global health, the political economy of development, gender politics, and other key issues of global politics. Other courses focus on specific world regions (East, South and Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, and Europe). All students must write a 10,000 word dissertation.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

  • The Politics of Globalisation examines the nature, the causes and the political consequences of globalization in a variety of domains, including security, culture, the economy, and the environment.
  • Dissertation.

Optional courses

  • Environmental Problems and Development Interventions*
  • Global Environmental Governance*
  • African Development*
  • Complex Emergencies*
  • Global Health and Development*
  • Global Political Economy of Development, I*
  • International Institutions and Late Development*
  • Managing Humanitarianism*
  • Global Civil Society*
  • Human Security*
  • Economic Development of East and Southeast Asia 
  • The Development and Integration of the World Economy in the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • European Integration from a Global Perspective*
  • European Models of Capitalism*
  • Ethnic Diversity and International Society*
  • European Society and Politics beyond the Nation State*
  • Partisanship in Europe*
  • Globalisation, Gender and Development
  • Gender, Globalisation and Development: An Introduction*
  • Globalisation, Gender and Development: Policy and Practice*
  • Sexuality, Gender and Globalisation
  • Democracy in East and South Asia*
  • Government and Politics in China*
  • National and Ethnic Conflict Regulation*
  • States and Markets*
  • Globalisation and Democracy*
  • The State and Political Institutions in Latin America*
  • Democracy and Development in Latin America*
  • War, Peace and the Politics of National Self-Determination*
  • Nationalism
  • International Migration and Immigration Management*
  • Globalisation, Conflict and Post-Totalitarianism*
  • Democratization and its Discontents in Southeast Asia*
  • Local Power in an Era of Globalization, Democratization and Decentralization*
  • The Politics of Inequality and Redistribution*
  • Comparative Democratization in a Global Age*
  • Conflict and Institutional Design in Divided Societies*
  • Popular Politics in the Middle East*
  • Institutions in the Global Economy*
  • The History and Politics of the Modern Middle East*
  • Nationalism and Global Politics*
  • Contemporary India: The World's Largest Democracy in the Early 21st Century*
  • Gender and Development: Geographical Perspectives*
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and International Labour Standards*
  • International Political Economy of the Environment
  • International Institutions
  • The EU in the World
  • The International Relations of the Middle East 
  • Conflict and Peace Studies
  • Economic Diplomacy
  • Diplomacy*
  • Conflict and Peacebuilding*
  • Comparative Political Economy
  • Islam in International Relations: From Al-Andalus to Afghanistan
  • Introduction to International Political Theory*
  • The International Political Theory of Humanitarian Intervention*
  • The Politics of International Law*
  • Genocide*
  • Russia and Eurasia: Foreign and Security Policies
  • World Poverty and Human Rights*
  • Non-Governmental Organisations, Social Policy and Development*

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 is a good preparation for further research work or for a career in education, the public services or the private sector at national, international or global levels.


Application codes: M1UG (check availability)

Start date: 24 September 2015

Duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time

Student intake/applications in 2013: 58/431

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in any discipline with a considered interest in the relevant area (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard(see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: £19,944

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support)

Application deadline: None