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LSE - PKU Double MSc Degree in International Affairs, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #26 (WUR) ,
Organised jointly by LSE and Peking University (PKU), this double master’s degree offers an outstanding opportunity to study the international relations of China and the Asia Pacific region, as well as the theory and history of global international relations.

About

This programme will be ideal for graduate students and young professionals. You will spend your first year at the School of International Studies at Peking University, and the second year at LSE. It will allow you to:

  • experience a full academic programme in both China and Europe
  • take courses in both the International Relations Department and the Department of International History at LSE
  • combine an empirical and a theoretical approach to contemporary international affairs
  • study in small seminar groups of no more than 15 students
  • engage at an advanced level with the latest academic research and undertake your own research-based term work and dissertations

The programme provides an excellent preparation for careers in academia, business or consulting, government or international agencies, the media, politics and law.

The courses in London will be taught in English, while those in Beijing will be taught in Chinese or English, giving students a choice about which language they want to use for their studies.

All applicants apply via LSE. This includes applicants from the People’s Republic of China, and areas of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and PKU students.

Once you successfully complete your studies at both institutions, you will be conferred Master Degree of Law and Master Degree of Sciences by PKU and LSE respectively.

Programme Structure

The dissertation can be written in English or Chinese.

  • Chinese Politics and Diplomacy
  • Chinese Language (for international students)
  • Applied Study Skills in International Affairs (for Chinese students)
  • Dissertation and Oral Defence (written either in Chinese or English)

At LSE, you will take courses in both the International Relations and the International History Departments. You will also take a third course from the wide range of options offered by the two Departments, and complete the programme with a dissertation on a relevant topic in international history.

  • Crisis Decision-Making in War and Peace 1914-2003
Examines the history of international relations from the First World War to the Iraq War.

  • Dissertation 

An independent research project of up to 10,000 words on an approved topic of your choice.

  • Courses to the value of two unit from a range of options

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    185

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  • Minimum required score:

    65

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Academic Requirements

  • Application form
You must apply online using the website. You will be asked to set up a user account using your email address, and you should use this for all enquiries and applications (including if you are also applying for Summer School or Language Centre courses).
  • Application assessment fee
The application assessment fee is £70. You must pay using the website (credit or debit card) in order to submit your documents and application online.
  • Two academic references
You should arrange to supply two academic references (from tutors who have taught you at university) as part of the online process. 
  • Transcripts/mark sheets and proof of existing qualifications
  • Statement of academic purpose
  • Upload your CV/resume

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22608 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22608 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    22608 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22608 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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