BSc International Relations|

UCAS code: L250

Usual standard offer:
A level: grades A A A

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 38 points including 7 6 6 at Higher level

Other qualifications are considered

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Applications 2013: 1022

First year students 2013:

First year:

One from:


  • One outside option

Second year:

One from:

Third year:

(*half unit)

A course relevant to the study of international relations approved by the student's teacher from a selection list

Three from:

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.

Programme details

Direct entry to second year

The Department does not accept applications for direct entry into the second year of the BSc International Relations programme. Students who are already studying at another university should apply for entry into the first year of the degree rather than for second year.

First year

You take the core course The Concepts of International Society, which examines the nature and functioning of an international society of states distinguished by the absence of a common government; and you take a course in International History since 1890, which provides some of the empirical and illustrative material for the study of international relations. You choose an option in philosophy, sociology or political theory. Introduction to Political Theory is an introduction to the study of politics and political theory through the thought and texts of some of the most important law and international history. You choose one option from the following: Economics A is an introductory course in microeconomics and macroeconomics for those not expecting to take specialist courses in economics. The Internationalisation of Economic Growth examines the inter-relationships between the development of the international economy and the growth of national economies since the late nineteenth century. The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Nationalism, Territory, Religion examines relations from 1948. western political theorists. Reason, Knowledge and Value: An Introduction to Philosophy provides an introduction to analytical philosophy by using classic and contemporary texts to study a selection of philosophical problems. Key Concepts in Sociology: An Introduction to Sociological Theory introduces sociological theory by examining the work and ideas of six key thinkers in social thought. You may choose your final course from the full range of options offered by other departments. 

Second year

There are three compulsory core courses. International Political Theory deals with the key concepts of the subject, and looks at the development of thinking about them. Foreign Policy Analysis looks at the theory and history of how foreign policy is made and how it is implemented. International Organisations is concerned with the work of the United Nations and of a range of regional organisations in the security, economic and social areas. The fourth course is chosen from a list of options covering economics, the history of the international economy, international The Great War, 1914-1918 examines the military, diplomatic, political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of the conflict. Frontiers of Nationalism, Statehood and Independence: The History of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe 1914-1990 explains the complex route taken by the peoples of East and South East Europe from constituents of the 19th Century empires to full independence at the end of the 20th Century. Public International Law provides an introduction to the concepts, principles, institutions and debates that define public international law today. The International History of the Cold War, 1945-1989 provides an introduction to key topics in the new, international history of the Cold War. The History of the United States since 1783 is a survey of the political, diplomatic, social, economic and constitutional history of the USA since 1783. The History of Russia, 1682-1825 provides an introduction to the history of Russia in all its major aspects from the reign of Peter I to the accession of Nicholas I. Empire and Nation: Britain and India since 1750 examines the history of South Asia from the eighteenth century to the present day. Modernity and the State in East Asia: China, Japan and Korea since 1840 is concerned with providing a comparative political history of the major East Asian countries, China, Japan and Korea, in the period from the Opium War to the 1990s. The Cold War and European Integration, 1947-1992 investigates the evolution of both the cold war in Europe and the process of European integration. Four Reichs: Austria, Prussia and the Contest for Germany since 1618 demonstrates how Austria (The Habsburg Monarchy, subsequently the Republic of Austria) tackled the German Problem. You may also take an approved foreign language course.

Third year

You take four further courses from a list of options: three from a list of mainly international relations options (including an optional dissertation of 10,000 words) and one from a course relevant to the study of international relations taught in another department. In addition to the relevant course taught in another LSE department, you can choose three courses from the following: Theories and Problems of Nationalism considers debates concerning the increasing importance of nationalism and ethnic identity in modern history, their impact on political movements, states and international relations. Politics of International Economic Relations explores the economic factor in foreign policy; the development of thought about the relationship between international politics and the international economy. Strategic Aspects of International Relations analyses various perspectives on strategy and war, the way war is conducted by states and within states and focuses on the way different cultures understand strategic outcomes. Sovereignty, Rights and Justice: Issues in International Political Theory Combines insights and concepts from political theory and international relations theory, and focuses on modern debates on sovereignty, the rights of states, individuals and peoples, and international justice. Systemic Change in the Twentieth Century: Theories of the Cold War examines the nature of the Cold War system, the theories of its origins, causes and consequences, its relationship to systemic change and the reasons for its end. Europe’s Institutional Order is an examination and explanation of the development of Europe’s institutional order in the post-war era and its evolution since the end of the Cold War. The Middle East and International Relations Theory applies the theories and conceptual tools of the discipline of International Relations to the study of the Middle East region. Genocide provides an introduction to the study of genocide. United Nations provides an introduction to the politics, law, and practice of the United Nations. Managing China’s Rise in East Asia focuses on the contemporary international relations of East Asia and the management of China’s rise. Southeast Asia: Intra-regional Politics and Security examines key aspects of the contemporary international relations of Southeast Asia. United Nations provides an introduction to the politics, law and practice of the United Nations. International Protection of Human Rights aims to provide a comprehensive and real account of the application of human rights standards in international law and the operation of the existing international machinery for the protection of human rights.