BA History

UCAS code: V146

Programme requirement: A level History is not a requirement

Usual standard offer:
A level: grades A A A

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 38 points including 7 6 6 at Higher level

Other qualifications are considered

For further details, see

Applications 2015:

First year students 2015:

First year:

Two from:


  • Either a further course not taken above or an approved outside option
  • An approved outside option
  • LSE100 (Lent term only)

Second year:

One from:

Third year:

Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.

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

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to exceptional circumstances or events outside of its control. You must also note that places are limited on some courses or programmes of study and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the page.

Programme details

First year

You will take at least two broad history survey courses listed at the beginning of this section. From Empire to Independence: the Extra-European World in the Twentieth Century is an introductory survey of events outside Europe in the twentieth century. International History since 1890 covers the history of international relations from the 1890s through the 1990s. Faith, Power and Revolution: Europe and the Wider World, c1500-1800 provides an introduction to the international history of the early modern period by examining the complex relationships between Europe and the wider world, including Jews and Muslims. The Internationalisation of Economic Growth examines the inter-relationships between the development of the international economy and the growth of national economies since the late nineteenth century. You may choose your outside options from any of the courses made available by other departments at LSE. Additionally, the Department provides skills teaching for new students where you reflect and share ideas about why you have chosen to study international history and discuss the skills you need and will develop as a history student.

Second and third years

In the second year you progress to more specialist courses which either focus on the international history of particular countries and regions, or are thematically based. 

You will also choose between Latin America and the International Economy and The Making of an Economic Superpower: China since 1850 or one history option. Latin America and the International Economy examines the development trajectory of Latin America and its relation with the international economy from the Early Modern period (c1700) to the present. The Making of an Economic Superpower: China since 1850 provides a survey of long-term economic change in China from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. 

For your fourth course, you will choose one option from the following courses. Towns, Society and Economy in England and Europe 1450-1750 examines in outline the social and economic history of European towns between the mid-fifteenth and the mid-eighteenth centuries. The Industrial Revolution examines the Industrial Revolution in Britain, the turning point into modern economic growth. The History of Russia 1682-1825 provides an introduction to the history of Russia in all its major aspects from the reign of Peter I to the accession of Nicholas I. Napoleon and Europe covers the impact of the empire on the European international system, as well as on law, constitutionalism, the economy, religion and culture. Travel, Pleasure and Politics: The European Grand Tour 1670-1825 explores how British people discovered the outside world and their preferred destinations. Islamic Empires, 1400-1800 examines the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal empires, and the larger world of which they were part, from their origins in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries to their “decline” in the eighteenth century. Muslim-Jewish relations: History and Memory in the Middle East and Europe explores the meaning of 1400 years of human experience through religious texts, language, law, ritual, sacred spaces, intellectual and spiritual movements, art, architecture, and literature. Slavery, Capital, and Empire in the British World, 1700-1900 explores the interconnected histories of slavery, commerce, and capitalism in the history of Britain and the British world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

In addition you also study one outside option from a wide range of LSE departments.

In your third year you will take at least another two history of a country or international history courses. At least one of these will be a document-based course from a wide range of options which allows you to specialise in one particular area which interests you (if not already taken in the second year). You will also research and write a dissertation of 10,000 words on a topic which you choose. Because of the wide range of options we offer, you can choose to follow one of several specialised paths: to take mainly European or non-European courses, early or modern courses, or a mixture of periods and areas.