Undergraduate programmes

Frequently asked questions

The LSE’s Department of International History is a world-leading centre for the study of the history of diplomacy, conflict, globalisation, exchange and migration.

What programmes do you offer at the undergraduate level?

What is the structure of the programmes?

You can take history as a single honours degree in BA History or in a joint honours degree with either international relations in the BSc International Relations and History or with government in the BSc Politics and History. There is a separate section on economic history. In all degrees you will study 12 courses over three years, plus LSE100.

What is the teaching and assessment?

You will have a combination of weekly lectures and small classes, amounting to about eight contact hours per week. In addition, you will need to read extensively and write between three to five essays and/or class papers per course. You will have an academic adviser who will offer support if any problems should arise.

You will have a written three hour examination for most courses. Some courses contain elements of continuous summative assessment. A 10,000 word dissertation is compulsory in the final year of the BA History and is an option in the final year of the BSc History and Politics and  BSc International Relations and History.

Can I do a General Course with you?

The International History Department welcomes students registered for the LSE General Course programme and admits approximately thirty each year.

General Course students take four courses in one year, at least one of which must be within the Department.

General Course students are advised that HY3** level courses are best suited to those with a strong history background. If you are in any doubt about whether you have a sufficient grounding in historical methodology to follow one of these courses, please consult the course coordinator concerned.

Please note: It is not possible for General Course students to transfer to our degree programmes after completing their General Course year.

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