Entry requirements

2:1 in any discipline with a considered interest in the area covered by the MSc

Comparative Politics (Conflict Studies); Comparative Politics (Democracy); Comparative Politics (Latin America); Comparative Politics (Nationalism and Ethnicity); Comparative Politics (Politics and Markets); Comparative Politics (Research)

Months of entry


Course content

Comparative politics is the comparative study of political systems. In the MSc Comparative Politics we look for sophisticated analytical answers to such basic political questions as: 'why are some countries democratic while others are not; 'why are some countries torn by ethnic conflict'; 'do constitutions matter'; 'what is the impact of global capitalism on state sovereignty' Addressing these and similar questions, the programme offers courses in the fields of democratisation, nationalism and ethnicity, comparative political economy as well as a wide range of country and area specific options. Our programme is methodologically eclectic yet rigorous, with an emphasis on historical approaches. Graduates from our MSc have gone on to successful careers in politics, media, NGOs, foreign service, finance and academia.

The MSc Comparative Politics is divided into streams, giving students the opportunity to study a specialisation within a broader subject area.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

LSE Graduate Support Scheme.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations75
Dissertation25 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
020 7955 6613