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LSE-PKU Double MSc Degree in International Affairs

London School of Economics and Political Science

  • September, 2020 Start Date

  • 12 months Duration

  • Full Time Study Mode

  • £22608.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

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.

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.

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. This programme will be ideal for graduate students and young professionals. You will spend your first...

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Course Content

First year, at Peking University

At Peking University, you will take a compulsory course on Chinese Politics and Diplomacy and can select other courses among the wide variety on offer in the School of International Studies. You can choose from courses taught in English and in Chinese. You will also choose five elective courses, three credits each, for a total of 15 credits (at least four courses must be in English). You will complete the first year of programme by writing and defending a dissertation on a topic relevant to your studies. 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)

Second year, at LSE

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

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that that the School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises.

You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience.

First year, at Peking University At Peking University, you will take a compulsory course on Chinese Politics and Diplomacy and can select other courses among the wide variety on offer in the School of International Studies. You can choose from courses taught in English and in Chinese. You will also choose five elective courses, three credits each, for a total of 15 credits (at...

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Available Dates

Location Start Date Price  

Classroom

Houghton Street, London

Full Time, 12 months

September, 2020

£22608.00

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Entry Requirements

Upper second class honours degree (2:1) or equivalent in any discipline.

Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you meet our minimum entry requirement, this does not guarantee you an offer of admission.

English language requirements

You can meet our language requirements in the following ways:

  • You are a national of Canada or one of the UKVI list of majority English-speaking countries below (whose first language is English) or

  • You have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (of at least three years duration), a postgraduate taught degree (of at least one year) or a PhD in one of those countries listed below or

  • You have passed a recognised English language test at an appropriate level.

Please note that 2+2 undergraduate degrees where less than three years has been spent in a majority English-speaking country and degrees taken at overseas campuses of English speaking institutions in non majority English speaking countries (eg Chinese campuses of UK institutions) are insufficient to meet our requirements and you will be required to supply a test score. The same is true for students of the University of London International Programme (UoLIP) whose study has not been undertaken in a majority English-speaking country.

Upper second class honours degree (2:1) or equivalent in any discipline. Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you meet our minimum entry requirement, this does not guarantee you an offer of admission. English language requirements You can meet our language requirements in the following ways: You are a...

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Assessment Methods

The courses in London will be taught in English, while those in Beijing will be taught in Chinese or English, giving you a choice about which language you want to use for your study. All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. LSE uses a range of formative assessment, such as essays, problem sets, case studies, reports, quizzes, mock exams and many others. Assessment is primarily by examination, although some courses also have an assessed course work component. An indication of the formative coursework and summative assessment for each course can be found in the relevant course guide. 

The courses in London will be taught in English, while those in Beijing will be taught in Chinese or English, giving you a choice about which language you want to use for your study. All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree...

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Additional Information

UK/EU students, first year: TBC (2018 fee was CNY 95,000, at PKU)
Overseas students, first year: TBC (2018 fee was CNY 95,000, at PKU)
UK/EU students, second year: £22,608 (provisional) (2020/21 at LSE)
Overseas students, second year: £22,608 (provisional) (2020/21 at LSE)

Fee status

For this programme, the tuition fee is the same for all students regardless of their fee status. However any financial support you are eligible for will depend on whether you are classified as a Home (UK/EU) or Overseas student, otherwise known as your fee status. LSE assesses your fee status based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education.

Location :-  PKU, Beijing, China (year one), Houghton Street, London (year two)

UK/EU students, first year: TBC (2018 fee was CNY 95,000, at PKU) Overseas students, first year: TBC (2018 fee was CNY 95,000, at PKU) UK/EU students, second year: £22,608 (provisional) (2020/21 at LSE) Overseas students, second year: £22,608 (provisional) (2020/21 at LSE) Fee status For this programme,...

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