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BSc International Relations

Learn about the forces that have shaped the past and the world we live in today with our international history degree programme.
BSc International Relations at LSE



Why do states go to war? Why do nations sometimes co-operate and obey international law? What is the role of institutions like the UN and the EU?

International relations are becoming ever more complex due to geopolitics, migration, war and other diverse factors. This programme analyses the functioning, history and theory behind the international system and the changing relationships between nations. You’ll look at the character of different states, examining the implications of the uneven distribution of power, money, welfare and knowledge on foreign policies and international order.

At LSE, you’ll be studying in an international university, located in an international city – close to the UK House of Commons and Parliament. You’ll learn with students from many nationalities, bringing a range of perspectives. When you graduate, you’ll have all the skills needed to embark on a career in politics, finance or the third sector.

There’s an opportunity to add a language specialism to your degree certificate and transcript – see the programme structure and courses section for details.

Entry requirements

Here, you can check our entry requirements for GCSEs, A-levels (please read them alongside our information about subject combinations) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We also consider applications from students with a range of other UK qualifications and from overseas. Please select the overseas button below and choose your country from the dropdown list to find the equivalency to A-levels of your qualification.


We welcome students from all walks of life at LSE. We want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation. So, whatever your background, please do apply. Get all the details on our general entry requirements.

Competition for places at LSE is high. We cannot guarantee you an offer of a place even if you’re predicted or achieve our standard entry requirements.

Our standard offer requirements are intended only as a guide and, in some cases, you’ll be asked for different grades.

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Student stories

Freya Nowell, London, UK
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LSE is renowned for its academic prestige and the teaching staff live up to this reputation.
Laura Wright, Durham, UK, BSc International Relations

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We consider each application carefully, taking into account all the details you’ve included on your UCAS form, such as:

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although this is not needed at the application stage. See our English language requirements page.


Fees and funding

The table of fees shows the latest tuition fees for all programmes.

You're charged a fee for each year of your programme. Your tuition 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 doesn't cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.


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Graduate destinations


The degree programme does not prepare you for a specific career. It develops a range of intellectual and practical skills that are relevant across a wide range of career opportunities. Our graduates have found work with a wide range of employers including multilateral and intergovernmental organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), banking and accounting services, local and national governments, educational establishments, and media and publishing companies. Others have opted to continue studying international relations, or have transferred the skills they developed at LSE to other disciplines, such as law.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme

Median salary of our undergraduate students 15 months after graduating:


Top 5 sectors our students work in:

Health and Social Care
FMCG, Manufacturing and Retail
Other Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Law and Legal Services
International Organisations

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