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BSc International Relations and History


UCAS code: VL12

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/ug/apply/inh

Applications 2014:

First year students 2014:

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

First year:

Two from: 

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 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.

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Programme details

First year

Concepts of International Society is an examination of the theories and concepts designed to explain the nature of contemporary international relations. International History since 1890 is the history of international relations from the 1890s through the 1990s. Your final two options are chosen from From Empire to Independence and Faith, Power, and Revolution or from the wide range offered by other departments at LSE, including language courses. From Empire to Independence: The Extra European World in the 20th Century is an introductory survey of events outside Europe in the twentieth century. 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.

Second and third years

In the second year you take the compulsory course International Political Theory. Additionally you take a core course in international relations (Foreign Policy Analysis or International Organisations), and courses in international history. International Political Theory is the core subject for specialists in international relations. It consists of a survey, in two parts, of thinking about international relations, with emphasis on the political aspects. Foreign Policy Analysis offers various theoretical perspectives on foreign policy, and the means of conduct of the main actors in the international system towards each other. International Organisations explores major theoretical and empirical aspects of the role of international organisations in international politics. You also take two modern history international options.

In the third year, you take Foreign Policy Analysis or International Organisations, whichever you did not take in the second year, a further 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.