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MSc International Relations MSc International Relations (Research)


2 April: although this programme is closed, a few places remain on the MSc International Relations Theory for those with a particular interest in the field.

About the MSc programmes

The MSc International Relations (Research) is designed as a preparation for research work and includes methodology courses. The MSc International Relations is an advanced, academic study of the subject. It is suitable if you plan to progress to a career that might have an international focus. Those intending to apply for ESRC funding should note that only the Research programme is eligible. It will not normally be possible to transfer from one programme to the other on arrival.

Programme details

Most of the teaching takes place in the Michaelmas and Lent terms. A 10,000 word dissertation must be submitted by 1 September.

For those interested in taking the LSE-Sciences Po Double Degree in Affaires Internationales, comprising a one year MSc programme at Sciences Po Paris followed by MSc International Relations or International Political Economy see LSE-Sciences Po Double Degree.

Compulsory courses

Non-research track:

  • International Politics provides an historical and theoretical analysis of core concepts in international relations, of the normative and analytic issues involved, and of their relationship to the social sciences in general.
  • Dissertation.

Research track:

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of two units for the non-research track and one unit for the research track 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

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.



Application codes: M1UR (M1UI Research) (check availability)

Start date: 24 September 2015

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

Intake/applications in 2013: 119/826

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in politics, history, international relations or similar disciplines (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). The MSc International Relations (Research) is accredited for ESRC funding as part of a four year award (see ESRC)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions (though application by the end of January is advisable and required for consideration for ESRC funding)