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 2013:

First year students 2013:

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 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.

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   War and Society from the Renaissance to the Napoleonic Era c.1500-1815 provides a broad, thematic study of war and society from the early sixteenth century to the end of the Napoleonic Wars. International History since 1890 covers the history of international relations from the 1890s through the 1990s. 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.

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 the second year you study either What is History? Methods and Debates provides an introduction to the important issues of What is History? How and for what purposes do we study the past? What kinds of debates and controversies result from historical study? 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 (c. 1700) 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. You also choose one option from the following: Towns, Society and Economy in England and Europe 1450-1750 examines in outline the social and economic history of European towns between the mid-15th and the mid-18th 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. Empire and Nation: Britain and India since 1750 examines the history of South Asia from the eighteenth century to the present day focusing on the imperial relationship between Britain and India, Modernity and the State in East Asia: China, Japan and Korea since 1840 is concerned with providing a comparative political history of the major East Asian countries, China, Japan and Korea, in the period from the Opium War to the 1990s. The European Enlightenment, c.1680-1799 sets out to explore the new ideas generated in these areas as a result of a fresh understanding of man's place in the physical world. 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. Four Reichs: Austria, Prussia and Contest for Germany since 1618 demonstrate how Austria (The Habsburg Monarchy, subsequently the Republic of Austria) tackled the German Problem. The Islamic World in the Era of the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal Empires, ca 1400 – ca 1800 examines the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal empires, and the larger world of which they were part, from their origins in the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries to their ‘decline’ in the eighteenth century. 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.