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BSc International Relations

Catalog id : L250
 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

3 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

17712 GBP
9000 GBP
9000 GBP

Application fee

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International relations
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)107
TOEFL-PBT (min)627

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About this course

International relations is the study of an international system composed of territorial states which acknowledge no superior authority over matters which they consider of vital interest. It deals with the nature of the changing relations between states and with non-state actors. It studies the functioning of the international system – the forces, factors and interests, the customs, rules, norms, institutions and organisations from which the theory and history of its development are formed.

The degrees aim to give you insight into how the international community works. You will study alongside students from a wide range of countries.

Degree structure
You can take a single honours degree in our BSc International Relations, or study it as part of a joint honours degree in the BSc International Relations and History or the BSc Politics and International Relations.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • A level: grades A A A
  • International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 38 points including 7 6 6 at Higher level
  • Other qualifications are considered

English Language Requirements

  • CIE board - Grade B or better, plus grade 2 in the optional speaking test OR Grade B or better, plus proof that you have been instructed in the medium of English for the past 5 years ^
  • Edexcel board (English A) - Grade B or better, plus the Speaking and Listening coursework component OR Grade B or better, plus proof that you have been instructed in the medium of English for the past 5 years 
  • Edexcel board (English B) - Grade B or better, plus proof that you have been instructed in the medium of English for the past 5 years 
  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) academic test with a score of 7.0 in all four components (in one exam sitting only).
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with grade C or better or 185 points overall and a minimum of 185 points in each individual component.
  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate of English (CAE) with a grade B or better or 185 points overall and a minimum of 185 points in each individual component.
  • Cambridge English Language (1119) conducted overseas by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate: B4 or better.
  • O level (1120 Brunei, 1125 Mauritius A, 1127 Singapore) grade B or better.
  • Singapore Integrated Programme (IP) Secondary 4 English Language grade B or better.  
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education English (HKDSE) with grade 5**.
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) - academic test with a score of 65 in all four components (in one exam sitting).
  • TOEFL IBT (Internet based test)- At least 107 overall with a minimum of 25 in each of the four components (in one sitting only).
  • Trinity ISE (revised test) level III overall with distinction in all components.

If an applicant is offering IGCSE in English as a First Language without the optional component (as above), and has been educated in the medium of English during their five most recent years of study (prior to 1 October 2015), then we will accept the qualification as sufficient evidence of English language proficiency.


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Course Modules

First year:

  • Concepts of International Society
  • International History since 1890
  • One outside option
  • LSE100 (Lent term only)

One from:

  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Reason, Knowledge and Value: An Introduction to Philosophy
  • Key Concepts in Sociology: An Introduction to Sociological Theory

Second year:

  • International Political Theory
  • International Organisations
  • Foreign Policy Analysis 1
  • LSE100 (Michaelmas term only)

One from:

  • Economics A
  • International Political Economy
  • The Internationalisation of Economic Growth, 1870 to the Present Day
  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Nationalism, Territory, Religion 
  • The Great War 1914-1918
  • Theories and Problems of Nationalism
  • War, Genocide and Nation Building. The History of South-Eastern Europe 1914-1990
  • Public International Law
  • The International History of the Cold War, 1945-1989
  • The History of the United States since 1783
  • The History of Russia, 1682-1825
  • Empire and Nation: Britain and India since 1750
  • Modernity and the State in East Asia: China, Japan and Korea since 1840 
  • The Cold War and European Integration, 1947-1992
  • Four Reichs: Austria, Prussia and the Contest for Germany since 1618 
  • An approved foreign language course

Third year:
Three from:

  • Strategic Aspects of International Relations  
  • Europe's Institutional Order
  • International Protection of Human Rights
  • The Middle East and International Relations Theory
  • Genocide
  • Managing China's Rise in East Asia
  • Southeast Asia: Intra-regional Politics and Security
  • American Grand Strategy
  • Empire and Conflict in World Politics
  • Visual International Politics
  • Revolutions and World Politics
  • Sovereignty, Rights and Justice: Issues in International Political Theory
  • Political Economy of International Labour Migration
  • Governing International Political Economy
  • Economic Diplomacy
  • The Political Economy of Trade
  • Politics of Money in the World Economy
  • A 10,000 word dissertation  

A fourth course offered by another department (relevant to the study of international relations) approved by the student's academic adviser and the Department tutor.

Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.

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How to Apply

LSE receives applications via UCAS. They do not consider applications made 'direct' to the School. Before you apply you should read all of the information and guidance on the How to apply pages and on the degree programmes pages.

Applications should be made online via UCAS.

Guidance on completing your UCAS application form:
A section by section guide to completing the application form, including advice on writing your personal statement and information for teachers/referees, is given on the Making an application page.

Considering your application:
Applications are considered by members of academic staff, who will decide whether or not an offer can be made or whether to hold the application to be considered as part of a gathered field of applications.

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