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What do LSE International History graduates do?

In 2013/14, 94% of undergraduates leavers and 93% of postgraduates from the International History department were in employment, completing further study or taking time out just six months after graduation.

LSE History graduates find employment in almost any job sector due to the wide range of transferable skills developed during their studies. Previous graduates from the International History department have found work in:

  • Consultancy
  • Education and teaching
  • Research

The average starting salary of graduates from the International History department in 2013/14 was £18,900 for undergraduates, and £25,800 for postgraduates.

To find out more about LSE graduate destinations by specific International History  degree programmes, see graduate destinations by course.

Graduate profiles

These are detailed profiles exploring why LSE graduates initially chose to study with us as well as giving each graduate the opportunity to relive their LSE experience and fill us in on how their career has developed since graduation. We are grateful to all LSE graduates who have taken the time to complete our Graduate Profile Questionnaire in order to produce these profiles.

David P West

MSc History of International Relations, 2003Analyst, Morgan Stanley Real Estate

KerryLynn Daly

MSc in History of International Relations, 2011 Brand Manager, Pearson Plc

Patricia Anyaegbuna

BA History, 2004Trainee Solicitor, Slaughter & May

Sophie Marment

BSc International History, 2010Senior Policy Advisor, Civil Service Fast Stream, Department of Culture, Media and Sport

Employable skills

LSE Historians have a wide range of careers open to them. It is a myth that the only careers open to historians are teaching, working in a museum or further research. A history degree equips graduates with skills that make them attractive to a large number of diverse employers. For this reason you will see career destinations that range from think tanks and government to investment banking, consultancy and accountancy, and everything in between!

Specific skills gained from studying International History at LSE include:

  • The ability to communicate (both verbally and in writing) complex detail in a lucid and succinct form. Furthermore this involves the ability to listen and engage in debate, offer reasoned arguments and sustain or amend your views in the light of the response of others
  • Competence in managing large and diverse quantities of information, and the ability to organise it in a logical, conceptual and coherent way
  • Ability to undertake and present research, evaluate evidence and work to a set timeframe
  • Employing high level analytical skills when identifying and assessing sources of information
  • Ability to make balanced judgements on the basis of incomplete and conflicting evidence