Welcome to our arriving students

in the Department of International Relations

We are working very hard to make sure that this year is going to be academically engaging and exciting for you all!

Professor Jeffrey Chwieroth, Head of the Department of International Relations

Welcome to the LSE and the Department of International Relations!

The LSE Welcome microsite for 2023/24 is now live! It is your guide to help you get ready for life at LSE:

Go to the LSE Welcome microsite!

Below you will find the information you need for your arrival, and to help you settle in.

You will be able to see your personalised Welcome events calendar from early September in the Student Hub.

Webinars for IR offer holders/arriving students

To catch up on our offer-holder webinars on the structure of the academic year, and the mandatory Master's Graduate Course Selection webinar, check out our Offer Holders webpage for the links.


How to find us

We are located on the 8th, 9th and 10th floors of the Centre Building (CBG), Houghton Street, at the heart of the main LSE campus. The department's professional services staff are located on the 10th floor.

For more information, accessibility and maps, see our Contact us page.


To become a fully enrolled student, all new undergraduate and study abroad students, and the majority of new postgraduate students, will be required to undertake a two-stage enrolment process: Online pre-enrolment and Campus Enrolment. 

Please visit Enrolment for New Students to find out when and where your enrolment takes place, and what documents you’ll need. 

LSE School Welcome events

There will be a wide range of School events taking place before, during and after Welcome 2023, some of which are compulsory (such as enrolment, presentations and orientation sessions) and others are optional.

For more information on these events, check out the LSE Welcome microsite.

You will be able to see your personalised Welcome events calendar from early September in the Student Hub.

International Relations Department Welcome events

Join us for Welcome 2023!

We will be holding a full week of Welcome events to help you meet your peers and get settled into the IR community. There will be events introducing you to the department, the people on your programme, and support services around the School.

Postgraduate students will also have specific sessions to guide them through the course selection process.

Check out our Welcome Events webpage for more details.

You will be able to see your personalised Welcome events calendar from early September in the Student Hub.

Preparing for study: find out more about the department and your programme

You can visit our Current Students web area to get an idea of what is happening in the department, from social events to how teaching works, to exams and assessments.

You can also take a look at the School calendar.

Once you have activated your LSE IT account, you can check out the Course Finder tool that allows you to browse courses by unit value, keyword, department, and assessment type. You can build a shortlist of courses and compare the Lecture Timetables for that shortlist.

Read our 2023/24 Department handbooks

If you’re joining us as an MSc student, read this department guide on how to make your Graduate Course Selection (GCS):

Graduate Course Selection FAQs

How and when do I sign up for my courses?

First year undergraduates - find out more at Selecting Courses.

Taught postgraduates - find out more on the Course Selection webpages.
You can also check out our IR Department Graduate Course Selection FAQs.

Keeping in touch: contacts and community

Before you arrive make sure you follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook and Instagram.

You can also join our private department offer holders Facebook groups: 

You will need to submit your offer holder number for admission to the Facebook groups. This number can be found on all LSE correspondence to you, including your offer holder letter.


Also, don't forget to sign up for the Student Hub and follow our Department page! You will be able to see your timetables and also make appointments to see faculty members via Bookings on the Student Hub.


If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch via:

BSc queries: ir.bsc@lse.ac.uk
Undergraduate Co-ordinators: Hermione Burnett and Nick Ortiz

MSc queries: ir.msc@lse.ac.uk
Postgraduate Co-ordinators: Matthew Gaisford St Lawrence and Rosie Springett

Research/PhD queries: ir.research@lse.ac.uk
Research and PhD Manager: Sarah Helias
PhD Programme Co-ordinator: Amy Brook

Or visit our People page to contact a member of staff directly.