LSE-Sciences Po Double Degree in Affaires Internationales

  • Graduate taught
  • Department of International Relations
  • Application code Apply via Sciences Po
  • Starting 2020
  • UK/EU full-time: Closed
  • Overseas full-time: Closed
  • Location: Houghton Street, London, Paris

This is a double degree, combining one of Sciences Po's Affaires Internationales programmes with either LSE's MSc International Relations or MSc International Political Economy.

The programme is based on reciprocal recognition of both curriculum and evaluation in the partner university, and offers a top-level education in international affairs and international relations or international political economy. It is designed primarily for those who intend to practise negotiation in government, international institutions and business, as well as those with a general interest in international relations and international political economy.

The double degree takes place over the course of two full academic years, with the first year in Paris and the second in London. At Sciences Po, you choose between three specialisations, International Security, International Economic Policy and International Public Management.

At LSE, you will have a choice between taking the MSc International Relations and the MSc International Political Economy. At the end of two years of successful study you will be awarded either a Master’s in International Security, in International Economic Policy or in International Public Management from Sciences Po and either MSc International Relations or MSc International Political Economy from LSE.

Programme details

Key facts

LSE Sciences Po double degree in Affaires Internationales
Start date August/September 2020 at Sciences Po, Paris (provisional)
Application deadline Apply via Sciences Po  - deadline 5 January 2020
Duration 23 months full-time only
Tuition fee Year one: TBC (2020 entry, at Sciences Po)
Year two: £25,224 (provisional) (2020 continuing, at LSE)
Financial support Graduate support scheme (for year two at LSE – apply in year one), also financial support available through Sciences Po, and Entente Cordiale Scholarships for British and French nationals
Minimum entry requirement 2:1 degree or equivalent in social science, preferably international relations or related discipline
GRE/GMAT requirement None
English language requirements Higher (see 'assessing your application')
Location  Sciences Po, Paris (year one), Houghton Street, London (year two)

For more information about tuition fees and entry requirements, see the fees and funding and assessing your application sections.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements for LSE-Sciences Po Double Degree in Affaires Internationales and International Relations or International Political Economy

Upper second class honours (2:1) degree in social science, preferably international relations or related.

Competition for places on the programme is high. This means that even if you meet our minimum entry requirements, this does not guarantee you an offer of admission.

If you have studied or are studying outside of the UK then have a look at our Information for International Students to find out the entry requirements that apply to you.

Assessing your application

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified prospective students and want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation, irrespective of their background.

Applications are administered by a joint admissions board of representatives consisting of both LSE and Sciences Po. Successful applicants will be notified by post and email.

Find out how to apply to this programme.

Supporting documents

In addition to the submitting the application form, you must also submit the following documents:

  1. a full and official transcript of marks obtained for each year of third-level education including the current year when available*
  2. a certified copy of your undergraduate degree (if applicable)*
  3. a statement of academic purpose, to be submitted in English. In no more than 1,000 words, please describe your background, your career objectives in the field of international affairs and how obtaining the LSE/Sciences Po double degree will help you to achieve those objectives
  4. two letters of recommendation. These can either be in French or English. They must be attached to your online application form or placed in an envelope sealed and signed on the back by the referee before being added to the application file.
  5. a résumé in French or English
  6. optional professional reference

*Documents written in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by a translation into one of these languages.

Note: The first three items can be submitted as scanned attachments to the online application form. References may be submitted online or by post. 

English is the only required language (though knowledge of French is useful). If you do not have a recognised secondary education or university degree taught and examined in English you must meet LSE’s Higher English requirement. See LSE's English language requirements.

Programme structure and courses

First year, at Sciences Po 

The first year is spent at Sciences Po. You join the Paris School of International Affairs and study for one of the following programmes:

Master’s in International Security
Master's in International Economic Policy
Master's in International Public Management.

The double degree has specific requirements during the first year, including a compulsory joint seminar which you are required to attend irrespective of the master’s degree you are enrolled in. You must pass the first year at Sciences Po to be permitted to proceed to LSE.

More information on the year at Sciences Po

Second year, at LSE

The second year is spent at LSE and runs from mid-September until the end of August of the following year. It comprises three terms and the summer period for completion of the dissertation.

At LSE you will choose to enrol in one of the following programmes:

MSc International Relations
MSc International Political Economy

MSc International Relations - Double Degree

You will take one compulsory course, and complete a 10,000 word dissertation. You will also choose courses from a range of international relations options.

International Politics
Provides an historical and theoretical analysis of core concepts in international relations, of the normative and analytic issues involved, and of their relationship to the social sciences in general.

Dissertation in International Relations
An independent research project of 10,000 words on an approved topic of your choice.

Courses to the value of two units from a range of options

MSc International Political Economy - Double Degree

(* denotes a half unit)

You will take one compulsory course, and complete a 10,000 word dissertation. You will also choose from a range of international relations options.

International Political Economy*
Provides an advanced introduction to concepts and contending approaches in international political economy, and an overview of the evolution of international economic relations since the late 19th century.

Dissertation in International Political Economy
An independent research project of 10,000 words on an approved topic of your choice.

Courses to the value of two and a half units from a range of options

For the most up-to-date list of optional courses please visit the relevant School Calendar page.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that that the School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises.

You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated graduate course and programme information page.

Teaching and assessment

Contact hours and independent study

At LSE you will take a number of courses, often including half unit courses and full unit courses. In half unit courses, on average, you can expect 20-30 contact hours in total and for full unit courses, on average, you can expect 40-60 contact hours in total. This includes sessions such as lectures, classes, seminars or workshops. Hours vary according to courses and you can view indicative details in the Calendar within the Teaching section of each course guide

You are also expected to complete independent study outside of class time. This varies depending on the programme, but requires you to manage the majority of your study time yourself, by engaging in activities such as reading, note-taking, and research. 

Teaching methods

LSE is internationally recognised for its teaching and research and therefore employs a rich variety of teaching staff with a range of experience and status. In the International Relations Department, courses at masters level will be taught by members of faculty, including LSE teaching fellows, assistant professors, associate professors and professors, as well as guest teachers and visiting members of staff who are experts in their field. You can view indicative details for the teacher responsible for each course in the relevant course guide.


All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. LSE uses a range of formative assessment, such as essays, problem sets, case studies, reports, quizzes, mock exams and many others. Summative assessment may be conducted during the course or by final examination at the end of the course. An indication of the formative coursework and summative assessment for each course can be found in the relevant course guide.

Academic support

You will also be assigned an academic mentor who will be available for academic guidance and wellbeing advice.

There are many opportunities to extend your learning outside the classroom and complement your academic studies at LSE. LSE LIFE is the School’s centre for academic, personal and professional development which offers guidance and hands-on practice of the key skills you will need to do well at LSE: effective reading, academic writing and critical thinking. They also run workshops on adapting to new or difficult situations, developing leadership skills, striking a good study/work/life balance and preparing for the world of work.

LSE is committed to enabling all students to achieve their full potential and the School’s Disability and Wellbeing Service provides a free, confidential service to all LSE students and is a first point of contact for all disabled students.


Most of our former MSc students go on to work in government, international organisations, financial institutions, journalism and corporations, but some continue on to research degrees and the academic profession.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme

Support for your career

Many leading organisations give careers presentations at the School during the year, and LSE Careers has a wide range of resources available to assist students in their job search. Find out more about the support available to students through LSE Careers.

Fees and funding

Every graduate student is charged a fee for their programme.

The fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It does not cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.

Tuition fees 2020/21 for Sciences Po Double Degree in Affaires Internationales and International Relations or International Political Economy 

UK/EU students, first year: TBC (2020/21 at Sciences Po)
Overseas students, first year: TBC (2020/21 at Sciences Po)
UK/EU students, second year: £25,224 (provisional) (2021/22 at LSE)
Overseas students, second year: £25,224 (provisional) (2021/22 at LSE)

Fees at Sciences Po

Fee status

For this programme, the LSE tuition fee is the same for all students regardless of their fee status. However any LSE financial support you are eligible for will depend on whether you are classified as a Home (UK/EU) or Overseas student, otherwise known as your fee status. LSE assesses your fee status based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education.

Fee reduction

Students who completed undergraduate study at LSE and are beginning taught graduate study at the School are eligible for a fee reduction of around 10 per cent of the fee.

Scholarships and other funding

The School recognises that the cost of living in London may be higher than in your home town or country, and we provide over £13 million in scholarships each year to graduate students from the UK, EU and overseas.

The first year of this programme, spent at Sciences Po, may be eligible for financial aid from Sciences Po.

The second year of this programme, spent at LSE, is eligible for needs-based awards from LSE, including tthe Graduate Support SchemeMaster's Awards, and Anniversary Scholarships. . You must apply for these needs-based awards from LSE, during your first year of study, submitting an application by the funding deadline, normally in April each year.

French and British nationals may also be eligible for the Entente Cordiale scholarships.

In addition to our needs-based awards, LSE also makes available scholarships for students from specific regions of the world and awards for students studying specific subject areas. 

Government tuition fee loans and external funding

A postgraduate loan is available from the UK government for eligible students studying for a first master’s programme, to help with fees and living costs. Some other governments and organisations also offer tuition fee loan schemes.

Find out more about tuition fee loans

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