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MSc History of International Relations


This is the department's most popular Masters course and is intended for those seeking a taught postgraduate course in history at its most international. It also caters for a wide variety of students, including those who have studied history at an undergraduate level and those who are making the transition from related subjects such as political science, modern languages, economics, law or journalism.

All of the teaching is done either by the Department's full-time academic staff or specially engaged post-doctoral teaching staff. The teaching is therefore very much in line with the LSE's emphasis on research-led teaching - in other words, instruction by those who are at the cutting edge of their disciplines.

Students take at least two specialised history options - choosing from options that span the globe geographically and range chronologically from the Renaissance to the end of the Cold War. Students also have the option of doing a relevant course offered by another LSE department, and a detailed, research-based 10,000 word dissertation.

Students take courses to the value of three full units from a range of options. Only one of which can be an outside option and the other must be a dissertation.

Please read the following important information for more details about this programme and the courses you can do: Programme Regulations.