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Dr Heather Jones

Masters Programme Tutor

Why should students study at LSE?

LSE offers the highest of standards in history teaching and expertise. It has a brilliant central location in London close to the best archives and libraries in the country and it has the most diverse, international student body. It is a vibrant, exciting campus, buzzing with ideas and interesting debates. LSE is also internationally renowned and our history students when they graduate have a great track record in obtaining employment.

What are the benefits of studying in London?

London has an unparalleled arts and culture scene. It also has the British Library and the National Archives - two fantastic institutions for researchers.  It is a transport hub making it easy to travel anywhere in the country and abroad quickly. And it has a beautiful Southbank walk along the river!

What does International History offer its students?

The International History Department has a number of unique points: its courses cover the globe with the history of each continent represented; it is also a world leader in the history of the twentieth century, particularly the First World War, the Cold War and the Middle East.

What skills does a history degree provide students with?

Our history courses provide students with  valuable transferable skills. Above all, our courses teach critical thinking and independent research skills. These are skills for life, making our graduates self-confident at evaluating information, judging its accuracy and investigating topics. Our courses also teach students communication skills and develop their writing abilities to an extremely high standard.

What opportunities are open to history graduates?

Our graduates go into a wide range of fields: journalism, law, NGOs and education being particularly popular. A number each year also go on to further academic study and the Ph.D.

Why did you want to study history?

Growing up in Ireland in the 1980s, history was a constant part of our daily life. I have never not been learning history - it was the subject of dinner table conversations, political debates, the everyday news, long before I learned to read books!