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MSc International Political Economy; MSc International Political Economy (Research)

About the MSc programmes

These programmes are intended for graduates with a good first degree in politics, economics, history, international relations and other degrees with similar content.

The MSc International Political Economy is an advanced, academic study of the subject and would be suitable if you plan to progress to a career that might have an international focus. The MSc International Political Economy (Research) is designed as a preparation for future research work if you are entering the field from another related discipline, or if you wish to focus particularly on methodological training. It is not necessary to decide which programme you prefer until you submit your option choices in the Michaelmas term, normally in mid-October.

Programme details

The majority of the teaching takes place in the Michaelmas and Lent terms. You must also submit a 10,000 word dissertation by 1 September.

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

Applicants should note that these programmes focus on political economy and do not specialise in international economics. Although economic concepts are taken very seriously, the focus is firmly upon the political determinants and effects of economic outcomes.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit) 

  • International Political Economy* provides an advanced introduction to concepts and contending approaches in international political economy, and an overview of the evolution of international economic relations since the late nineteenth century.
  • Dissertation.

Research track: 

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of two and a half units for the non-research track and one and a half units for the research track from a range of options. 

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc International Political Economy and MSc International Political Economy (Research) in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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Graduate destinations

The programme has provided excellent prospects for early-career graduates, seeking entry to graduate programmes at top global firms, as well as for experienced graduates looking to reposition themselves for more senior roles. We have alumni in banking and financial journalism and in major consulting companies such as Ernst & Young, as well as in a wide range of governmental and non-governmental organisations throughout the world. A good number of our graduates continue on to research degrees and the academic profession.


Application codes: M1UW (check availability) (M1UJ Research)

Start date: 22 September 2016

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

Intake/applications in 2014: 73/471

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in politics, economics, history, international relations or similar discipline (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 – rolling admissions