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MSc History of International Relations

About the MSc programme

This is the Department's most popular master's programme and is intended for those seeking a taught graduate programme 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.

Programme details

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 opportunity of doing a relevant course offered by another LSE department, and to prepare a detailed, research-based 10,000 word dissertation.

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 LSE's emphasis on research-led teaching - in other words, instruction by those who are at the cutting edge of their disciplines.

Students take courses to the value of three full units, only one of which can be an outside option and a dissertation.

Compulsory course

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of three units from a range of options.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc History of International Relations in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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Graduate destinations

Students develop highly transferable skills valued by employers and go on to work in the foreign service, the EU, political think tanks, risk assessment, journalism, the NGO sector, or stay on to take a research degree.


Application code: V1S7 (check availability)

Start date: 22 September 2016

Duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time

Intake/applications in 2014: 54/181

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 or equivalent in any discipline
(see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £12,504; overseas £19,344

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions