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MSc in Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation

Programme Code: TMHYEMCOGL

Department: International History

For students starting this programme of study in 2021/22

Guidelines for interpreting programme regulations

Classification scheme for the award of a taught master's degree (four units)
Exam sub-board local rules        

Full year programme. Students must take courses to the value of four full units, comprising one compulsory paper, a dissertation and optional course as shown.

Please note that places are limited on some optional courses. Admission onto any particular course is not guaranteed and may be subject to timetabling constraints and/or students meeting specific prerequisite requirements.


Course number, title (unit value)

Paper 1

HY484L Empire, Colonialism and Globalisation (0.5) 1 or


HY484M Empire, Colonialism and Globalisation (0.5) 2

Papers 2 & 3

Either courses to the value of 2.5 units from List A:

List A



Courses to the value of 1.5 units from List A and courses to the value of 1.0 unit from List B: A

List A

List B

Paper 4

HY499 Dissertation (1.0)

List A

HY424 The Napoleonic Empire: The Making of Modern Europe (1.0)  (not available 2021/22)

HY429 Anglo-American Relations from World War to Cold War, 1939-91 (1.0)

HY432 From Cold Warriors to Peacemakers: the End of the Cold War Era, 1979-1999 (1.0)

HY436 Race, Violence and Colonial Rule in Africa (1.0)

HY440 The Iranian Revolution (1.0)

HY444 The Cold War in Latin America (1.0)

HY459 The Ottoman Empire and its Legacy, 1299-1950 (1.0)

HY461 East Asia in the Age of Imperialism, 1839-1945 (1.0) #

HY469 Maps, History and Power: The Spaces and Cultures of the Past (1.0)

HY478 Genesis of the Modern World: Europe, China and India, 1550-1840 (1.0)

HY483 Land and Conflict in Latin America since 1750 (1.0)

HY486 Practicing Abolition in the Atlantic World, c. 1807-1870 (1.0)  (not available 2021/22)

HY487 Islam, State and Conflict in Southeast Asia (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)

HY488 European Empires and Global Conflict, 1935-1948 (0.5)

HY489 China and the External World, 1711-1839 (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)

HY491 Race, Gender and Reproduction in the Caribbean, 1860s-1930s (0.5)

HY4A5 Women as Weapons: The Conservative Political Tradition in the Cold War (0.5)

HY4A6 Technocracy, Social Engineering and Politics in the Era of the World Wars, 1914-1945 (0.5)

HY4A7 Islam, Power and Culture in Mughal India (0.5)

HY4A8 Asian Borderlands (0.5)

HY4A9 China and the United States Since 1949 (0.5)

List B

DV400 Development: History, Theory and Policy (1.0) #

EH404 India and the World Economy (0.5)

EH413 African Economic Development in Historical Perspective (0.5)

EH421 Economic History of Colonialism (0.5)

EH436 Economic History of the Early Modern New World (The Americas) (0.5)

EH446 Economic Development of East and Southeast Asia (1.0) #

EH452 Latin American Development and Economic History (0.5)

EH454 Human Health in History (1.0)  (not available 2021/22)

EH482 The Origins of the World Economy: Europe and Asia, 1000-1800 (1.0)

EH483 The Development and Integration of the World Economy in the 19th and 20th Centuries (1.0)

EH486 Shipping and Sea Power in Asian Waters, c 1600-1860 (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)

EU475 Racial Diversity and Conflict in Europe: Identities, Religion, and Culture (0.5)

GI409 Gender, Globalisation and Development: An Introduction (0.5)

GI411 Gender, Post/coloniality and Development: Critical Perspectives and New Directions (0.5) #

GI429 Archival Interventions: Feminist, Queer and Decolonial Approaches (0.5)

GV465 War, Peace and the Politics of National Self-Determination (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)

A course from another Masters programme taught at LSE which is complementary with the other courses chosen, is suitably timetabled and has the approval of the teacher concerned and the Programme Director.

Prerequisite Requirements and Mutually Exclusive Options

1 : HY484L can not be taken with HY484M

2 : HY484M can not be taken with HY484L


A : EH408, EH413, EH482, EH483, GV442 and GV465 are subject to space.

# means there may be prerequisites for this course. Please view the course guide for more information.

Note for prospective students:
For changes to graduate course and programme information for the next academic session, please see the graduate summary page for prospective students. Changes to course and programme information for future academic sessions can be found on the graduate summary page for future students.