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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. Here you can meet our students and staff virtually and find out more about the Department and our programme. Take your time to browse through the information and follow the links to our Department webpages to really get to know us.

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

Visit the Department webpages

Watch our Virtual Open Day talk

Watch our BSc International Relations Virtual Open Day video to find out more about the programme, teaching and assessment methods and life in the Department. 

You can also watch our Virtual Open Day 2020 International Relations session recording here. 



Top three reasons why you should study international relations at LSE

  1. LSE is ranked fourth in the QS World University Subject Ranking 2019 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 programme 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.

Our programme: BSc International Relations

Students studying BSc International Relations will be able to select from a wide range of options broadly focused on four key areas: international security and statecraft, international law and organisations, international political economy and international relations theory. The programme will involve an examination of the different characters and circumstances of states and the implications of the uneven distribution of resources on the international system and international order. Students can select from a wide variety of optional courses, including those focused on conflict and peacebuilding, visual international politics and nuclear weapons.

Please visit the Department's FAQ page for additional information.

Listen to our taster session for an insight into the study of international relations.

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.

For detailed information regarding entry requirements, programme content, preliminary reading and accreditation please visit our BSc International Relations programme page.

Key facts

  • Academic year 2021/22: September 2021 - June 2022
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2021
  • Duration: Three years full-time
  • Applications/offers/intake 2019: 864/161/59
  • Median salary of our UG students 6 months after graduating*: £23,300
  • Top 5 sectors our students work in*: Retail and commercial banking, research, education and teaching, NGOs and charities, public sector and government.

Entry requirements

Here we list our entry requirements in terms of A-levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We also accept a wide range of other qualifications from the UK and from overseas, so if you are not studying these qualifications please follow the relevant link. For our GCSE requirements please see the BSc International Relations programme page.

Please also note that LSE has subject preferences and some programmes may have specific requirements in terms of subjects you are required to take. Please see the programme page for this information.

UCAS code: L250
A-levels: AAA
Contextual admissions A-levels: AAB
IB Diploma: 38 points overall, including 766 at higher level

Language specialism

Students who have taken and passed at least one language course in each year of their degree can opt to receive a language specialism attached to their degree certificate and transcript. The three courses must be consecutively harder in level, for example: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Students must take all courses in the same language (French, Spanish, German, Mandarin or Russian) in order to qualify for the specialism. Degree certificates which include a language specialism will state the language in the title, for example: BSc International Relations with French.

*The data was collected through an annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, aggregated over five years (2011-2016). The survey was completed by graduates approximately six months after their graduation ceremony. The median salary is calculated for those whose main activity is working full-time and includes those working outside the UK.

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