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The Department of International Relations

The International Relations Department is like a family. I have made enough friends for multiple lifetimes, met professors that have challenged me to be better than my best and who have been thoroughly engaging in their teaching of current affairs. This truly is a vibrant and diverse student environment.

Maitrai Lapalikar, BSc International Relations

Welcome to the Department of International Relations and congratulations on your offer to study with us. Here you can meet our students and staff virtually and find out more about the Department and your programme. Take your time to browse through the information and follow the links to our department webpages to really get to know us.

We hope you can get a sense of what we as a Department are all about, from the comfort of your home, and hope to have you join us in September.

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Watch this video for an introduction to studying international relations at LSE

If you have any questions regarding your application then please contact the undergraduate admissions team.

See our page for offer holders here.

Visit the Department webpages

Top three reasons why you should study international relations at LSE

  1. LSE is ranked fifth in the QS World University Subject Ranking 2021 for Politics and International Studies and is one of the oldest and largest international relations departments in the world.
  2. We offer a wide and diverse range of theoretical and empirical research and teaching.
  3. We provide an exciting and broad range of extra-curricular activities to enhance and support students’ exposure to a variety of international relations focused experiences.

For even more reasons we encourage you to watch the following video where Dr George Lawson answers the following questions: What is international relations? How does the BSc IR programme differ from others in the department and the School? What specific subjects are covered in the core course and options? What kinds of backgrounds do students on the course have? What kind of jobs do they get?

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Dr George Lawson explains what you can expect from studying BSc International Relations

You can find out more about us as a department on our webpages.

Hear from our students

International Relations student Laura International Relations student Laura
Laura talks about her time at LSE
Watch our student videos - A day in the life of an LSE International Relations student during COVID-19 Watch our student videos - A day in the life of an LSE International Relations student during COVID-19
Watch our student videos - A day in the life of an LSE International Relations student during COVID-19
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Freya talks about how she is finding life in the Department

Virtual Undergraduate Offer Holders' Day 2021

Watch the Department of International Relations offer holders' session from our Virtual Undergraduate Offer Holders' Day in April 2021:

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International Relations offer holders' session - Virtual Undergraduate Offer Holders' Day 2021



Listen to talks and taster sessions from previous events

Find out more details about your programme

Click on the programme you have received an offer for to remind yourself about the detail of the course you have applied for including information on careers, programme structure, course choices and teaching at LSE.

You may also find it helpful to take a look at our pages for offer holders and current students. 

Alongside your academic studies you may also wish to apply for our Undergraduate Futures Research Internship Scheme or the LSE Internship Fund. These provide our undergraduate students with the exciting opportunity to enhance their studies and time at LSE.

Our research and events

Stay in touch with us between now and September

Follow us on social media before your arrival to see what we’re up to and how you can get involved! 

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