Admission to all undergraduate programmes is through the UCAS system (External Link).
i) Qualifications for entry into the BA in History and BSc in IR and History are as follows:
International Baccalaureate: 38 (7,6,6)
Scottish Advanced Highers: A,A,A
Cambridge Pre-U Qualifications: D3,D3,D3 in Principle Subjects
or a combination of A grades for A-levels, and D3 for Pre-U Qualifications
For other qualifications, and a list of ‘non-preferred’ subjects, please see LSE's entry requirements.
ii) UCAS Statements
Writing a UCAS statement can be tricky. There is no right answer: it is a personal statement, so the most important thing is to let your personality and your interests shine through.
Having heard that, students still always want advice on how to write a good statement, so here are a few tips:
When selecting students, the IH Department looks for statements that exhibit some understanding of what it means to study History, or International Relations and History, at university level.
In particular, we look for students who have an interest in the particular kind of history we do here at the LSE, that is, modern international history. Here is a list of courses that we offer: Undergraduate Course Guides.
If you are applying to do International Relations and History, the strongest statements show an awareness of what both of these involve, and an understanding of how they might complement one another.
There is no formula for what to put in a statement. Some students choose to tell us about what they have studied before or what reading they have done. Mediocre statements tend to rely on general assertions, for example, 'I read Niall Ferguson's book, Civilisation,last summer and I found it interesting.' Better statements include detail and depth, for example, 'Reading Niall Ferguson's book, Civilisation, helped me think about the role of the historian and how the selective use of evidence can invest an argument with bias.'
We welcome students who have had exposure to a broad range of historical subjects, even those who have not studied modern international history in their schooling thus far. The strongest UCAS statements will demonstrate that students are able to make a connection between what they have studied so far and what they would like to study at university. To do this, ask yourself what theme(s) you have studied that might be relevant to modern international history.
iii) Admissions Process
For all the information you need about deadlines and when you can expect to hear back from us, see: Admissions Calendar.