BA History|

UCAS code: V146 BA/Hist

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 2012:

First year students 2012:

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:

  • Two options from Selection Lists A or B, one of which must be from Selection List B if none were taken in the second year
  • Either a further option from Selection Lists A or B not already taken or an approved outside option 
  • 10,000 word dissertation

First year

You will take at least two broad history survey courses listed at the beginning of this section. You may choose your outside options from any of the courses made available by other departments at LSE.

Second and third years

You take one course from a wide range of options before the twentieth century, ranging from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century. For your second and third courses you can pick from a range of subjects covering both the history of a specific country and the international history of a region. There is also an optional course on historiographical debates and methods of the historian. Choices cover major European countries and non-European countries, including the US, India and East Asia, as well as relations between powers both within Europe and outside. Your final course is another approved outside option.

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.


Most courses are offered every year. Courses marked ‡ are document based special subjects (referred to above).

List A 

List B

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations|

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.