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MSc Global Politics

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, or equivalent, 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 LSE's politics staff to offer a comprehensive introduction to the changing structure of the global order, and the contemporary challenges of global politics. The teaching team reviews the programme content every year to ensure that is it up to date with global developments and scholarship, but usually the programme first covers the main approaches to the study of globalisation and global politics, then looks at the role of the main actors in global politics (notably states and great power politics, international organisations, global companies, civil society actors, and armed non-state movements) and then analyses some key global policy areas, such as old and new wars, peace-building and state-building, global migration, global health policy, global environmental politics, global trade and finance, global poverty, inequality and development. 

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, Middle East, Latin America, and Europe). All students must write a 10,000 word dissertation on a topic chosen by them and approved by their supervisors. The programme offers lectures and seminar sessions to guide students in the research design process and the choice of methods for the dissertation.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

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

Students will take other full unit and/or half unit courses to the total value of two units.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Global Politics in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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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: 22 September 2016

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

Intake/applications in 2014: 69/377

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: £20,736

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

Application deadline: None