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BSc in International Relations and Chinese

Programme Code: UBIRCHI

Department: Language Centre

For students starting this programme of study in 2022/23

Guidelines for interpreting programme regulations

Three-year classification scheme for BA/BSc degrees for all students from the 2018/19 academic year

This is a four year programme with a one year abroad element at the end of year two. Students spend years one, two and four at the LSE. The overall degree will be based on marks obtained during those three years at LSE under the three-year classification scheme. In order to be eligible for the award of the degree students must also successfully pass all elements of assessment at Fudan University. Fudan University will provide all successful students with a certificate and transcript with information about their year abroad.

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)


LSE100 is a half unit taken by all students, running across Michaelmas and Lent Terms in the first year. The course provides one of the marks that is eligible to be included in the calculation of the First Year Average for purposes of classification.

Students will choose ONE of the three half-unit options below:

LSE100A The LSE Course: How can we avert climate catastrophe? (0.5)

LSE100B The LSE Course: How can we control AI? (0.5)

LSE100C The LSE Course: How can we create a fair society? (0.5)

Year 1

Skills Course

Students take the following non-assessed course:


IR102 Thinking Globally: Studying International Relations (0.0)

Paper 1

IR100 International Relations: Theories, Concepts and Debates (1.0)

Paper 2

HY113 From Empire to Independence: The Extra-European World in the Twentieth Century (1.0) or


HY116 International Politics since 1914: Peace and War (1.0)

Paper 3

LN104 Mandarin Language and Society Level 1 (Beginner) (1.0) # or


LN142 Mandarin Language and Society 2 (Intermediate) (1.0) #

Paper 4

LN115 Intercultural Communication and Management (1.0) #

Students will complete an 8 week intensive tailor-made language programme at Fudan University, China between Years 1 and 2.

Year 2

Papers 5 & 6

Courses to the value of 2.0 unit(s) from the following:


IR200 International Political Theory (1.0) #


IR202 Foreign Policy Analysis 1 (1.0)


IR203 International Organisations (1.0) #


IR205 International Security (1.0)


IR206 International Political Economy (1.0)

Paper 7

LN140 Mandarin Language and Society 3 (Advanced) (1.0) #

Paper 8

LN241 Mandarin for International Relations (Elementary) (1.0) #

Year 3

The third year of the programme will be a study abroad year hosted by Fudan University, China.

Year 4

Paper 9

One from the full-unit courses from papers 5 & 6 not taken in Year 2:


IR200 International Political Theory (1.0) #


IR202 Foreign Policy Analysis 1 (1.0)


IR203 International Organisations (1.0) #


IR205 International Security (1.0)


IR206 International Political Economy (1.0)

Paper 10

Courses to the value of 1.0 unit(s) from the following:


IR305 Strategic Aspects of International Relations (1.0)


IR312 Genocide (0.5)


IR313 Managing China's Rise in East Asia (0.5)  (not available 2022/23)


IR314 Southeast Asia: Intra-regional Politics and Security (0.5)


IR315 International Relations of the Middle East (1.0) #


IR317 American Grand Strategy (0.5) #


IR318 Visual International Politics (0.5)


IR319 Empire and Conflict in World Politics (0.5)  (not available 2022/23)


IR320 Europe's Institutional Order (0.5) #  (not available 2022/23)


IR322 Sovereignty, Rights and Justice: Issues in International Political Theory (0.5)  (not available 2022/23)


IR323 Gendered/ing and International Politics (0.5) #


IR324 The Practices of Transitional Justice (0.5) #  (not available 2022/23)


IR325 The Situations of the International Criminal Court (0.5)  (not available 2022/23)


IR326 The Rule of Law: A Global History (0.5)  (not available 2022/23)


IR345 Global Politics of China (1.0)


IR349 Conflict and Peacebuilding (1.0) #


IR354 Governing International Political Economy: Lessons from the Past for the Future (0.5) #  (not available 2022/23)


IR355 Economic Diplomacy (0.5) #


IR367 Global Environmental Politics (0.5) #


IR368 The Political Economy of Trade (0.5) #


IR369 Politics of Money in the World Economy (0.5) #


IR372 Nuclear Non-proliferation and World Politics (Special Topics in International Relations) (0.5)  (not available 2022/23)


IR373 China and the Global South (0.5) #


IR377 The Politics of Peace & Security in Sub-Saharan Africa (0.5)


IR378 Critical War Studies (0.5)  (not available 2022/23)


IR379 Russia in World Politics (0.5) #


IR380 The Politics of Inequality and Development (0.5) #


IR395 The Politics of Displacement and Refuge (0.5)


IR398 Dissertation (1.0)

Paper 11

LN342 Academic Chinese for International Relations (1.0) #

Paper 12

LN341 Mandarin in the Global Workplace (1.0) #  (not available 2022/23)

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

Progression Rules:
Students must satisfy the LSE’s progression rules before they are permitted to enrol on their year abroad at Fudan; namely, students must pass 7 out of 8 units of courses that they have attempted in year one and year two.

Failure to progress:

Where a student fails to meet the progression requirements they must resit the failed assessments and cannot progress to Fudan until they have passed 7 out of 8 units. Please note students are allowed three attempts to pass an assessment in year one and only two attempts to pass an assessment in year two. Where a student fails to meet the progression requirements and has run out of attempts to resit, they will fail the degree.

Failure to pass all courses at Fudan University:

Students must pass all assessments set by Fudan University in order to be eligible for the award of the degree. Where a student fails an assessment they will be provided a resit either in Fudan at the end of the year abroad or when they are back in London at the start of the final year of the programme.

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