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Department of International History
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street

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Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6174
Fax: +44 (0)20 7831 4495

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How to Apply

Follow the instructions below to apply to our degree programmes.

Application Process:

If you wish to apply to any of the undergraduate programmes offered within the Department, please:

1) Consult the LSE Undergraduate Prospectus for information on the programmes and courses offered

The Undergraduate Prospectus also provides details on the following subjects:
    •    How to choose your course
    •    Studying and living in London
    •    Student Services
    •    Financial information for applicants
    •    How to apply to a degree programme
2) Visit the Admissions Office (Undergraduate Section) for more instructions on how to apply.

3) Apply on-line via UCAS. All applications must be submitted via UCAS. We do not consider applications made 'direct' to the School or to the department.


Qualifications for entry into the BA in History and BSc in International Relations and History are as follows:

A-levels: A,A,A
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.

As far as writing a UCAS statement, it 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.

Funding and Fees:

You can find information on funding for Undergraduate Programmes in the Financial Support Office, which is situated within LSE's Student Services Centre. Up to date information on tuition fees and fee status can be found here.


The UCAS office opening date for the receipt of applications for admission in September 2016 is 1 September 2015.

The last date for the receipt of applications to LSE to qualify for full and equal treatment is 15 January 2016 by 18.00 (GMT)

International Applicants:

We are actively encouraging applications from international students, for entry into our undergraduate programmes, the BA History and the BSc International Relations and History, and also to join the department as General Course students.

The Department of International History at the LSE offers a programme of historical study that takes the world as its canvas. Unlike most other history departments in the United Kingdom, this department seeks to consider history in its widest geographical remit. Our student body is itself very international - and this means that when students discuss war and peace, nationalism and international relations, empire and decolonisation, they are able to draw on and respond to perspectives from different regions of the world. Becoming an international student here will therefore mean that you get the opportunity to study a range of national, regional and international historical topics, whilst making friends from around the world, with whom you can learn together.

London is itself a city of historic importance for the world. This means that our students find themselves in the midst of a centre of global economics and culture, whilst studying international history. Our international students comment on how they benefit from the range of activities at hand in London, as well as its cosmopolitan character. Historians attempt to understand the past using a wide range of materials - books written by other historians as well as primary documents. Studying in London arguably opens up opportunities that are unrivalled anywhere else in the world, for researching a dissertation or a historical essay. Within walking distance of the LSE, there are archives and libraries of international significance, with deposits of rare books and manuscripts.

The structure of the courses on offer at the LSE make it possible to combine modules in international history, with a wide range of other choices, in international relations, economic history, law and government to name just a few. In addition to this, you will be taught by teachers who are at the cutting edge of their fields of historical research, and who specialise in a variety of different periods and regions of history. You will hear from them not only about the general outline of the topic in hand, but about how their discoveries in the archives fit into the story.

The Department of International History at LSE is one of the best history departments in the UK, as is seen in all recent rankings. At the same time we like to think that it is amongst the strongest - if not the best - in terms of provision for the interests and needs of international students in the field of history in the UK. If you wish to know more about the Department, please feel free to get in touch with the Admissions Advisor

Frequently Asked Questions:

Answers to questions about the admissions process can be found here.

For more information, please contact:

Undergraduate Office
The London School of Economics and Political Science LSE
PO Box 13401
Houghton Street

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7124/5
Fax: +44 (0)20 7955 6001

Application Process:

The General Course is LSE's year-long study abroad programme.

The quickest and easiest way to apply to the General Course is using LSE's online application system, which allows personal statements, transcripts and details of referees to be uploaded so that the Admissions Office may contact them directly.

Applications are also accepted by post by completing the PDF paper application form and sending it to the address below. When completing the paper application form, please follow the step-by-step General Course application guide.

It's also advisable to read the information about choosing the courses in order to identify up to six courses that one would like to study on the programme (ultimately four year-long courses will be taken).


The School is now accepting applications for entry to the General Course in 2016-17.

Applications are considered on a rolling admissions basis. This means that there is no fixed deadline by applications must be submitted. Instead, the programme will close when all of the available places have been filled. We therefore recommend that applications are submitted as early as possible.

Completed paper applications should be sent to:

General Course Admissions
Student Recruitment Office
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
United Kingdom

Application Process:

If you wish to apply for any of the graduate programmes offered within the Department, Masters or Research Programmes, please:

1) Consult the Graduate Prospectus for information on the programmes and courses offered by the Department.

The Graduate Prospectus also provides details on the following subjects:
    •    How to choose your course
    •    Studying and living in London
    •    Student Services
    •    Financial information for applicants
    •    How to apply for a programme

2) Visit the Admissions Office (Graduate Section) for more instructions on how to apply, entry requirements and information for international students.

3) Apply on-line (from September 2015) and use the online application system to supply your supporting documents. Read the LSE’s information on how to apply to find out about the application and supporting documents that are required, deadlines and start date options for research programmes. See the Guide to Complete the Online Application Form for further advise on how to complete the application form. All applications must be submitted online. Applications made 'direct' to the School or to the department will not be considered.

Entry Requirements:

A first or upper second class honours (2:1) degree from a UK university or a non-UK equivalent in a subject appropriate to the programme to be followed.

Funding and Fees:

It is important to note that there are scholarships and bursaries available from various sources for students wishing to undertake graduate study in the Department. Details of funding for taught graduate degrees and research degrees are found within the graduate prospectus and in the Financial Support Office. Students are strongly advised to apply early for funding as the competition is generally very strong and some deadlines apply. All applications for such funding are handled centrally through the Financial Support Office. Up to date information on tuition fees and fee status can be found here.


Applications must be submitted as early as possible after the applications cycle opens on 19 October 2015. Departments begin to consider these applications from 2 November 2015. The first decisions will be released from January 2016 onwards. There is intense competition for admission; early applications have a greater chance of being successful and of meeting financial support/scholarship and, where applicable, visa deadlines. Please check the availability of programmes before you apply.

Applying to MPhil/PhD:

If you are interested in studying for the MPhil/PhD degree in International History at LSE, the first thing to do is to consult the list of academic staff in the Department and find out which areas we supervise. The individual members of staff actively welcome initial queries directly from prospective students as to possible research topics, although such contacts in any form do not prejudice the admissions process. All potential MPhil/PhD will normally be interviewed unless exceptional circumstances which prevent this or make it unnecessary. See our current research students for a list of current research topics.

The next step is to apply to Graduate Admissions for admission to the MPhil/PhD programme in International History.

All applicants for MPhil/PhD who wish to be considered for School Scholarships for entry in Michaelmas Term 2016, need to apply by 11 January 2016. Self-funded applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by 11 January 2016, but applications will be accepted throughout the academic year.

Visiting Research Student applications:

Students already registered at other Universities may apply to visit the LSE. The procedure is to apply for the MPhil/PhD (as detailed in the Graduate Prospectus) but to use the application code for visiting status - V1EH.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Answers to questions about the admissions process can be found in the Graduate Admissions FAQ's.

For more information, please contact:

Graduate Admissions
Email: Follow these instructions
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7160 (select option 3 to speak to the team)
Fax: +44 (0)20 7955 6137

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