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MSc International Relations MSc International Relations (Research)

About the MSc programmes

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. The MSc International Relations (Research) is designed as a preparation for research work and includes methodology courses. It is suitable for those students intending to proceed to a research degree and an academic career. 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.

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

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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: 22 September 2016

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

Intake/applications in 2014: 96/884

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: £20,736

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 11 January 2016 is advisable and required for consideration for ESRC funding)