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International History

Departmental website: lse.ac.uk/internationalHistory

Number of graduate students (full-time equivalent)
Research: 28

Number of faculty (full-time equivalent): 27

REF: 78 per cent of the Department's research was rated world-leading or internationally excellent

Location:  East Building

About the Department

Founded in 1954, the Department of International History is one of the youngest departments at LSE, but it has already risen to become one of the top five university history departments in the UK, thanks to both its internationally renowned graduate programme and research record. Its reputation as a centre of new developments in the study of international history is now recognised as a separate school of thought: the 'London School'.

We teach and conduct research on the international history of Britain, Europe and the world from the early modern era up to the present day. It is an ideal location for those wishing to explore world history. The courses offered at graduate level cover a wide range of cultures and periods, and allow students to build upon and move beyond the nationally based histories traditionally taught at school and in many other universities. Particular areas of expertise include Europe, the Middle East, Africa, China, India, Japan and the United States. The cosmopolitan nature of the student body itself enhances classroom discussions of past and present international controversies.

MPhil/PhD International History

Visiting Research Students

The Department of International History at LSE is one of the UK's leading centres of historical research. With its emphasis on the international context of historical developments, it provides a supportive, but challenging environment for those interested in undertaking a research project leading to a PhD in International History. It offers a comprehensive range of special areas for research, ranging from the early 16th century to the late 20th century.

You will register for the MPhil initially and will progress to the PhD subject to satisfactory performance. Throughout your studies, you will partake in research training alongside your academic research. This will involve attending and participating in workshops and specialised research seminars in order to develop skills specific to your needs.

You will also be able to draw on an unparalleled diversity of archival resources in London. We are able to supervise work drawing on materials in Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese and Persian, in addition to the more common European languages.

Taught programmes  




MPhil/PhD International History
Visiting Research Students

Application code: V1ZH (MPhil/PhD), V1EH (VRS) (check availability)

Start date: 21 September 2017

Duration: MPhil/PhD 3 - 4 years (minimum 2), VRS up to 9 months (renewable)

Entry requirement: Taught master’s degree in related discipline with at least 67 overall and in the dissertation, or equivalent

English requirement: Research

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: See Tuition fees

Financial support: LSE PhD Studentships (see Financial support)

Application deadline: 9 January 2017. Funding deadline is also  9 January - selection for funding is based on receipt of an application for a place – including all ancillary documents