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MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy

About the executive MSc programme

This is a unique one-year executive programme designed to enhance the strategic vision of future leaders. It examines the changing global landscape created by the fundamental shifts that have occurred in international relations in the past 20 years. Lectures and seminars focus on strategic trends, the emergence of new strategic actors, and the international environment within which they operate, with particular attention to new security challenges and global flashpoints.

The programme is also focused on applicability and relevance, on how to manage risk and change. You will learn not only how to use strategy to deal with adversaries, but also to cooperate with others in solving common problems, be they military, diplomatic, political, or economic.

The programme is particularly suitable for professionals who are aiming to proceed to senior political or corporate-level positions. It will also be of interest to those wishing to deepen their conceptual grasp of contemporary international relations, with a view to address the complex challenges of the future.

The programme is taught via a combination of four intensive weeks, weekly evening sessions, and two policy weekends, allowing time-pressured professionals to combine work, life and studies.

Learn more about the Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy

Programme details

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

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Graduate destinations

Many graduates have continued to work in their current organisations, bringing new insights to their role or moving to a higher level. Others have used the programme as a way to change the direction of their career, moving into new jobs in government, international organisations, foreign policy consultancy and full-time education.


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Application code: L2UJ (check availability)

Start date: 18 September 2017

Duration: 12 months (Note: This is a full-time programme at LSE. However, the unique teaching calendar has been designed to allow working professionals to attend all sessions.)

Minimum entry requirement:  2:1 degree or equivalent in politics, history, international relations or similar discipline, plus minimum four years professional experience (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: £28,077

Financial support: This programme is not eligible for LSE financial support

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions