MSc History of International Relations

This wide-ranging Masters programme is intended for those seeking a taught postgraduate course in history at its most international.


The LSE is the best institution in the world to study social sciences. The success of its students speaks for itself and I wanted to be in a place where likeminded people gathered to discuss actual issues and find solutions for a better world.

Adam Hajji (MSc in History of International Relations, 2019/20)

This programme is aimed at those looking for a taught graduate programme in history in an international context. It caters for a wide variety of students, including those who have studied history at an undergraduate level and those who are making the transition from related subjects such as political science, modern languages, economics, law or journalism.

All of the teaching in the department is done either by the Department's full-time academic staff or specially engaged post-doctoral teaching staff. The teaching is therefore very much in line with the LSE's emphasis on research-led teaching - in other words, instruction by those who are at the cutting edge of their disciplines.

You will take at least two specialised history options, choosing from options that span the globe geographically and range chronologically from the Renaissance to the end of the Cold War (see potential pathway options below). You will also have the opportunity to take a relevant course offered by another LSE department, and to prepare a detailed, research-based 10,000 word dissertation. Teaching is research-led and delivered by those who are at the cutting edge of the field.

Potential MSc History of International Relations Pathways:

Pathway 1: War, Conflict and Peace

Pathway 2: The History of the Cold War

Pathway 3: The History of Africa and the African Diaspora

Pathway 4: The History of Europe

Pathway 5: The History of the Americas

Pathway 6: Transitions to Modernity

Pathway 7: Free Pathway Option

You can also decide not to focus on a particular pathway and choose your own personal combination of any courses of the International History Department’s MSc courses, totalling three units:

Pathways are simply suggested as potential ways to help you focus your course choices within the History of International Relations Degree and are not prescriptive: you are also free to opt not to follow any pathway should you prefer.

Applicants are advised to note that places on any LSE course in any given year are subject to availability and not guaranteed. Also, courses appearing in the same pathway may be subject to timetabling clashes and not all courses will be available in any particular year.