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MSc in Global Politics

Programme Code: TMGLPO2

Department: Government

For students starting this programme of study in 2021/22

Guidelines for interpreting programme regulations

Classification scheme for the award of a taught master's degree (four units)
Exam sub-board local rules

The MSc includes a core course, GV4K4 The Politics of Globalization (Paper 1) which all students must take. It draws on specialist knowledge from across the LSE's Politics staff to offer a comprehensive introduction to the changing structure of the global order, and the contemporary challenges of global politics. The rest of the MSc allows considerable choice of options whilst seeking to blend a global focus with more detailed thematic or regional knowledge. All students must write a 10,000 word dissertation.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to staff sabbaticals and research leave, the School cannot guarantee that all the courses listed below will be available.

Please note that places are limited on some optional courses. Admission onto any particular course is not guaranteed and may be subject to timetabling constraints and/or students meeting specific prerequisite requirements.


Course number, title (unit value)

Paper 1

GV4K4 The Politics of Globalization (0.5)

Paper 2

GV499 Dissertation (1.0) A

Papers 3 & 4

Courses to the value of 2.5 units from the following. Access to the optional courses is not necessarily guaranteed and may require the permission of the course coordinator; please consult the individual course guides for further information on availability:


DV413 Environmental Problems and Development Interventions (0.5) #


DV415 Global Environmental Governance (0.5)


DV418 African Development (0.5)


DV420 Complex Emergencies (0.5)


DV421 Critical Perspectives on Global Health and Development (0.5)


DV424 International Institutions and Late Development (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


DV428 Managing Humanitarianism (0.5)


DV434 Human Security (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


DV460 Bayesian Reasoning for Qualitative Social Science: A modern approach to case study inference (0.5) #


EH446 Economic Development of East and Southeast Asia (1.0) #


EH483 The Development and Integration of the World Economy in the 19th and 20th Centuries (1.0)


EU443 European Models of Capitalism (0.5)


EU457 Culture and Security in Global Politics (0.5)


EU481 The Future: Political Responses to a Challenge (0.5)


EU4A2 Globalisation, Conflict and Post-Conflict Reconstruction (0.5)


EU4A4 The Politics of Inequality and Redistribution (0.5)


GI409 Gender, Globalisation and Development: An Introduction (0.5)


GI420 Globalisation, Gender and Development: Theorising Policy and Practice (0.5)


GI421 Sexuality, Gender and Culture (0.5) #


GI422 Transnational Sexual Politics (1.0) 1


GI423 Globalisation and Sexuality (0.5) # 2  (not available 2021/22)


GV432 Government and Politics in China (0.5)


GV441 States and Markets (0.5)


GV444 Democracy and Development in Latin America (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


GV465 War, Peace and the Politics of National Self-Determination (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


GV4A5 International Migration and Immigration Management (0.5)


GV4C9 Globalization and Democratization in Southeast Asia (0.5)


GV4D3 Local Power in an Era of Globalization, Democratization, and Decentralization (0.5)


GV4E1 Comparative Democratization in a Global Age (0.5)


GV4E2 Capitalism and Democracy (0.5)


GV4E8 Power Sharing and Institutional Design in Divided Societies (0.5)


GV4F2 Popular Politics in the Middle East (0.5)


GV4F9 The Challenges of Governance in sub-Saharan Africa (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


GV4H2 Contemporary India: The World's Largest Democracy in the Early 21st Century (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


GV4J4 Citizen Representation and Democracy in the European Union (0.5)


GV4J8 Middle East Politics in Transnational Perspective (0.5)


GV4K1 Opening Government: Transparency, Accountability, and Participation (0.5)


GV4K2 Postcolonial and Comparative Political Theory (0.5)


GV4K7 Conflict and Cooperation: Key Debates (0.5)


GV4K8 Global Public Policy (0.5) #


HP412 Global Health Security (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


IR412 International Institutions (1.0)


IR416 The EU in the World (1.0) #


IR419 International Relations of the Middle East (1.0) #


IR422 Conflict and Peacebuilding (1.0) #


IR429 Economic Diplomacy (1.0)  (not available 2021/22)


IR461 Islam in World Politics (1.0)


IR462 International Political Theory (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


IR464 The Politics of International Law (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


IR466 Genocide (0.5)


IR467 Global Environmental Politics (0.5)


IR471 Critical International Law (0.5)


IR479 Russia in World Politics (0.5) #


IR480 The Politics of Inequality, Development and the State (0.5)


IR481 Europe, the US and Arab-Israeli Relations (0.5) #  (not available 2021/22)


LL4C2 World Poverty and Human Rights (0.5) #


MG476 Corporate Social Responsibility and International Labour Standards (0.5) #


Or a course not listed approved by the MSc Convenor.

Prerequisite Requirements and Mutually Exclusive Options

1 : GI422 can not be taken with GI423

2 : GI423 can not be taken with GI422


A : Students must pass this course in order to pass the degree.

# means there may be prerequisites for this course. Please view the course guide for more information.

Note for prospective students:
For changes to graduate course and programme information for the next academic session, please see the graduate summary page for prospective students. Changes to course and programme information for future academic sessions can be found on the graduate summary page for future students.