Taught course

Theory and History of International Relations

Institution
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) · Department of International History
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

A 2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline.

English higher level.

Months of entry

September

Course content

About this MSc programme

This programme gives you the chance to understand and appreciate both the theoretical and the empirical approach to the study of international relations.

This is a joint degree with the International Relations Department and based in the International History Department. It allows you to benefit from the expertise of two highly-rated Departments, sampling courses in both. You will therefore gain an understanding of both international relations theory, taught by leading experts in the field, and recent international history.

The structure of the degree is intended to ensure a good balance between international history and international relations. This means it is an excellent preparation for those contemplating further research in either area, as well as being accessible to those who are making the transition from related disciplines such as political science, modern languages, economics, law or journalism.

The programme provides you with the opportunity to specialise in a wide range of geographical regions or other aspects of international relations including world wars, East-West conflict, European integration, the role of political doctrines and ideologies, revolutions and national liberation struggles.

Department of International History and Department of International Relations

The degree is jointly offered by the Department of International History and International Relations. The Department of International History is one of the world's leading centres for historical study and research. History at the LSE is consistently ranked amongst the top ten in the QS World University Subject league tables, and in the top three in the UK and Europe. The department’s students enjoy access to staff who carry out pioneering research, putting them at the forefront of their fields, where they publish books and articles with some of the leading academic presses.

The Department of International Relations is ranked 5th in the QS World University Ranking by Subject 2018 tables for Politics and International Studies. Its reputation for international excellence was recognised in the most recent National Research Assessment Exercise when the IR and Government Departments, assessed as one unit, received one of the highest rankings. In the Foreign Policy''s 2018 Best International Relations Schools in the World table, LSE was listed top UK institution for the 'Top Master's Program for Policy Career in International Relations'.

Information for international students

For country-specific information regarding entry requirements, fees, and scholarships avaliable, please visit LSE's country pages.

Fees and funding

Every graduate student is charged a fee for their programme.

This programme is eligible for needs-based awards from LSE, including the Graduate Support Scheme, Master's Awards and Anniversary Scholarships.

More information on funding and scholarships can be found on the LSE website.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Student Recruitment Office
Email
stu.rec@lse.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7955 6613