Taught course

International Relations Theory

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) · Department of International Relations

Entry requirements

A 2:1 degree or equivalent in international relations, politics, history, sociology, philosophy or related discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc International Relations Theory is designed for those students who wish to engage in the advanced, academic study of international relations from a theoretical perspective.

The programme offers a deeper exploration of the ways in which people think about international relations, how international relations are theorised and conceptualised, and why they act the way they do when conducting international relations as a field of practice. The compulsory course, Theories of International Relations, covers the main explanatory and normative approaches in international relations theory, exploring international relations as knowledge, as a social science and as a practical discipline: how theories help to constitute practice and how the world informs theories of international relations. Material to be studied will include classical and modern realism and liberalism, the “English School”, constructivism, normative theory and gender and feminist writings.

This programme is particularly suitable for those intending to proceed to a research degree and an academic career, but will be of interest if you wish to deepen your conceptual grasp of contemporary international relations.

Information for international students

Please see the Standard section of the English language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
Total £21,576
International students
Total £21,576

Please see the postgraduate funding page for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0) 20 7955 6613