Masters programmes

Frequently asked questions

Which programme do you offer at the postgraduate level?

Does my first degree have to be in History?

We will consider applicants with good first degrees in any discipline and a commitment to the field covered by the MA/MSc.

What is the minimum entry requirement by the department?

Upper second class degree or equivalent. Full list of entry requirements.

Do I have to sit the GRE?


What level of proficiency is required in English?

TOEFL 107 or IELTS 7.0 or 70% in the LSE test. Full list of English language requirements.

How long is the dissertation and what topic must it be on?

10,000 words. The only formal limit on the choice of subject for the dissertation is that the subject must fall within the taught syllabus, and must be supervised by a member of staff in the Department of International History.

Will I have to remain in London to complete my dissertation?

Many of our overseas students return home at the end of June and work on completing their dissertations at home. The dissertations must be handed in by the due date in September, but overseas candidates often submit these via a registered courier mail service.

For 12-month master's students and students in Year 2 of a 24-month master's programme, Summer Term extends until the official end date of the programme. See LSE's term dates.

Will my master's qualification prepare me for PhD work?

An MSc degree is a good preparation for a research degree.

What sort of career will a MSc degree in history prepare me for?

A MSc degree in history provides excellent training in the field for related careers in government, the media, teaching, library and museum posts, politics, law and international business.

Can I learn a language at the LSE?

The School has an excellent Language Centre which is available to all students.

When will I find out my examination results?

Normally at the end of November, either via the Student Services Notice Board or the LSE For You. The Department does not supply this information. Transcripts will also be sent out by the School rather than the Department.

Do you offer online degrees?


Am I required to contact faculty before applying to discuss the proposal for the dissertation?

No. It is not necessary to contact potential supervisors in advance.