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BSc International Relations and History


UCAS code: VL12 BSc/IRHis

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 lse.ac.uk/ugAdmissionsCriteria|

Applications 2012:

First year students 2012:

This joint honours degree allows you to combine historical studies with contemporary and theoretical studies in international relations.

First year:

Two of the following: 

Second year:

Third year:

  • Either Foreign Policy Analysis or International Organisations (whichever was not taken in the second year)
  • A further international relations option 
  • Document based special subject in international history
  • One international history option (may include dissertation) or international relations option or one outside option

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.

First year

The core course The Structure of International Society examines the nature and functioning of an international society of states distinctive for the absence of a common government. You take a core course on modern international history (International History since 1890). Your final two options are chosen from the history survey courses listed at the start of the section or from the wide range offered by other departments at LSE, including language courses.

Second and third years

You take International Political Theory|. Additionally you take a core course in international relations (Foreign Policy Analysis| or International Organisations|), and courses in international history.

In the third year, you take a further international relations core course with one international relations course, one of the document based special subjects in international history and a further course in either subject (this may include a dissertation in history) or from another department.