The Department of International History achieved excellent results in the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS). The overall satisfaction rating for undergraduate History degrees was 92%. Students recorded high levels of satisfaction with the courses and teaching on offer, making it one of the best performing history departments in the UK. The Department is confident that it can provide an excellent learning environment and a welcoming and supportive atmosphere for all of our students.
At the departmental level, the Guardian's University League Tables 2018 awarded History at LSE 9th place.
LSE History retained its 7th place in the UK's independent Complete University Guide for 2019. LSE History ranked behind Cambridge, Durham, Oxford, St. Andrews, Exter and UCL, but ahead of Birmingham, Warwick and KCL, making it top two university for the study of History in London. The rankings of the Complete University Guide are based on student satisfaction, entry requirements, research excellence and employment prospects after graduation. Over the years, History at LSE has twice topped the Complete university Guide Tables and never finished lower than seventh.
Both tables make clear that LSE history students continue to have one of the best rate of employability after graduation in the UK. In the case of the Complete University Guide, University League Table 2019, LSE is placed in 5th overall for job prospects. Guardian's University League Tables 2018, places History at LSE in 2nd.
The latest Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) dataset, released by the UK’s Department for Education on 13 June 2017, lists the “historical and philosophical studies” graduates at LSE the highest earners after 5 years. Out of all UK universities, for a cohort of male and female individuals, who graduated from LSE in 2008-09 in the field of historical and philosophical studies, their median salary was the highest at £42,200 after 5 years. The LEO pinpoints which universities produce the highest-earning graduates by subject area after they have been in the labour market for five years.
The Department of International History has consistently performed very well in the QS World University Rankings. In the QS World University History Subject Table for 2018, History at LSE ranked 7th overall in the world ahead of Columbia, Princeton and Chicago. In the UK and in Europe, History at LSE ranked third, behind Oxford and Cambridge, but ahead of UCL, Leiden and KCL.