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International Relations


Developed by academics at LSE, this degree enables you to engage critically with contemporary issues and debates in the field of international relations.

It is ideal for anyone wishing to understand the international aspects of global problems such as environmental degradation and economic globalisation. It also offers a broad understanding of the core literature and main theoretical issues in this field.

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By studying this degree, you will:

  • engage critically with a range of materials about contemporary international relations;
  • gain a critical understanding of the core literature and main theoretical issues in the field of international relations;
  • establish a framework to understand the international aspects of problems such as environmental degradation and economic globalisation.


You complete 12 courses for the Standard Route or 9 for the Graduate Entry Route.

Entry routes

View courses for Standard entry

View courses for Graduate entry

Local teaching support

Our courses are designed to be studied independently, but if you would like to attend classes, you can enrol at one of our approved  local teaching centres around the world and benefit from study support and the facilities of a campus-style environment.

Study materials

We will send you study materials developed by academics appointed by LSE. These include a Programme Handbook of practical information (such as how to enter exams); a Subject Guide for each course; and past exam papers and commentaries, which give you valuable tips for performing well in exams.

Online support

When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and two other key resources:

  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Here, you can access electronic copies of all printed study materials, resources including audio-visual and revision guides, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others.
  • The Online Library holds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. A dedicated helpdesk is available if you have any difficulties in finding what you need.


Each module is assessed by an unseen written exam, which is usually held in May or June. You can sit your exams at any approved centre around the world. These centres charge a fee for hosting the exams.

Your exam is set and assessed by academics at LSE, ensuring that your degree is of the same standard as those studying on-campus in London.

If you study the following courses from the Information System selection group, you will also need to undertake a project or coursework.

  • IS1060 Introduction to information systems
  • IS2182 Innovating digital systems and services
  • IS3139 Software engineering: theory and application
  • IS3159 Research project in information systems.

More about exams.

What qualifications will you need?

For access to the BSc International Relations degree, you will usually meet the following criteria:

  • Age 17+ by 30 November in the year of registration.
  • Satisfy our General Entrance Requirements.
  • Mathematics to UK GCSE Level (Grade C) or equivalent.

Even if you don’t meet the standard requirements, we will consider each application on its own merits. Our Admissions Panel will consider whether any alternative/incomplete qualifications or work experience you have are suitable for entry to the programme.

I don’t meet the entry requirements. What can I do?

Graduate entry route

For graduate entry, you will need a first degree rather than a professional qualification, as well as the Mathematics and English language requirements.

What do I need for graduate entry?

English Language requirements

You need to demonstrate a good level of English to be admitted to our programmes. We accept a range of evidence, including proficiency test scores. If you don’t have evidence but believe you can meet the standard, we may consider your case.

Do I hold the English requirements?

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. For this degree, you will also need Adobe Flash Player to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.

More about computer requirements.

Can I transfer credits from other awards?

If you have studied material as part of a previous qualification that is comparable in content and standard, you might be exempted from the equivalent course for the University of London degree. This is known as Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), Credit Transfer or Exemption. You can receive accreditation for up to four full 100 courses on the Standard Entry Route of the degree only.

More about Accreditation of Prior Learning.

The fees below relate to new students registering for the 2018-2019 session. These may be increased by up to 7% per year.

Academic year


Application fee (non-refundable)

£ 92

Initial registration fee

£ 935

Examination entry fee (full course)

£ 282

Examination entry fee (half course)

£ 141

Continuing registration fee

£ 427

Indicative total: BSc Standard Route£ 5,601
Indicative total: BSc Graduate Entry Route£ 4,120

Other fees (as applicable)


Additional registration fee for students taking law courses (per course)

£ 55

Application fee for accreditation of prior learning (per full course)

£ 98

Application fee for accreditation of prior learning (per half course)

£ 49

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The indicative totals reflect average annual fee increases and assume that you complete the qualification within the minimum time – without resits, and with no law courses (which require additional fees).

Additional Costs

You may also need to budget for:

  • Textbooks (could extend to around £300 per year)
  • Tuition costs (if you choose to study at a local teaching centre)
  • Exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams.

We accept most traditional payment methods, including debit/credit card, international money order, and Western Union.

How to pay your fees.

This degree will help to prepare you for careers in areas of diplomacy, government, and consultancy. You could also gain entry to a master’s programme in this field.

This BSc will help you to question and analyse information, develop arguments, and boost your analytical and communication skills – all of which are valued in management-related roles.

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) provides academic direction for this programme. LSE is regarded as an international centre of academic excellence and innovation in the social sciences.

Academic co-ordinator

Eiko Thielemann is Associate Professor in Political Science and Public Policy in the Department of Government and the European Institute. His research focuses on EU and comparative European policy making, with particular focus on issues such as asylum and immigration, multi-level governance and regional and state aid policy.

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

UK-based students may be entitled to an undergraduate Student Loan or to apply for the Sir John Cass Scholarship. Equally, some of our local teaching centres around the world offer discounts or scholarships for the face-to-face tuition they offer. (Check with your local centre for details.)

The University of London also offers some awards based on performance. If you are among the top five performing students in the first year of a degree led by LSE, you receive an Academic Achievement Award.

More on funding your study.

About the LSE Summer School

LSE hosts several prestigious Summer Schools around the world, including one in London. Each year, several of our students attend these life-changing events and put their learning into practice.

As one of our students, you receive a 15% discount on the event price. Some of our local teaching centres (such as SIM, Singapore) offer scholarships to attend as well as advice on how to apply.

More about the LSE summer school.

Dr Robert Falkner - Associate Professor, LSE

Dr Robert Falkner - LSE

“International Relations is concerned with the close links between international politics and the global economy.”