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 Karen E Smith, Head of the Department of International Relations

Welcome to the LSE and the Department of International Relations!

The new LSE Welcome microsite 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.

How to find us

We are located on the 8th, 9th and 10th floors of the new Centre Building, 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.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, we are working from home at the moment, but we will be back on campus to welcome you at the beginning of term.


If you’re a new student joining us this year, registration is compulsory. Please visit Registration for New Students to find out when and where your registration takes place, and what documents you’ll need. 

Late arrivals: if you won't be arriving on campus for the start of Michaelmas Term, please ensure you fill in the late arrivals form.

You can also check out the LSE Coronavirus: community advice and guidance to find more information about how we are keeping the campus and halls of residence COVID-19 secure.

Read the Student code for a COVID-secure campus [PDF].

LSE School Welcome events

There will be a wide range of School events taking place before, during and after Welcome 2020, some of which are compulsory (such as registration, presentations and orientation sessions) and others are optional.

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

International Relations Department Welcome events

Join us for Welcome 2020!

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, your programme, and support services around the School.

Postgraduate students will also have specific sessions to guide them through the course choice process. In addition to these information sessions, we’re also running a range of social events throughout the week.

Check out our Welcome Events webpage for more details.

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.

Our 2020/21 Department handbooks are now available.

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

Graduate Course Choice 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 Choice FAQs and our introductory video.

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 offerholders 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 also be able to 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: Adnan Khan and Jackie Sarpong

MSc queries: ir.msc@lse.ac.uk
Postgraduate Co-ordinators: Ellis Kerby and Amanda Schultz

Research/PhD queries: ir.research@lse.ac.uk
Research and PhD Manager: Sarah Helias
Research and PhD Co-ordinator: Romy Mokogwu

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