Our departments and programmes

The Department of International History

Studying history which is not Eurocentric has been very interesting and has been enhanced by the high quality teaching of the Department. The Department are extremely accommodating to students’ needs and are willing to go the extra mile to help us achieve our potential, through the feedback they give and their personalised approach.

Isra Saker, BA History

Welcome to the Department of International History. Here you can meet our students and staff virtually and find out more about the Department and our programmes. Take your time to browse through the information and follow the links to our Department webpages to really get to know us.

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Watch our Virtual Open Day talk

Watch our International History Virtual Open Day video to find out more about our degree programmes, teaching and assessment methods and life in the Department. 

Watch the 2020 Virtual Open Day International History Q&A session here.

Top three reasons why you should study international history at LSE and Welcome from the Head of Department

  1. We have a global approach – our students can select courses that cover Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, as well as Europe and Britain.
  2. Our teaching is delivered by world-class experts in their research field, who encourage our students to be inquiring thinkers, who are able to research, analyse and explain the history they encounter.
  3. Studying as a historian in London offers a wealth of resources including archives, major research libraries, historical institutes and museums.

Learn more about the Department and why you should study with us on our Department pages.

Welcome from the Head of Department Professor Matthew Jones

Welcome to the Department of International History, one of the leading centres for the study of history in the UK, with a long-standing international reputation for the excellence of its research and area expertise. With 27 academic staff, we are home to about 500 students, drawn from over 30 countries, sitting in the heart of one of the most exciting places in the world to study, work, and live. We offer a range of different undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, including the BA History, a joint BSc with International Relations; the MSc programmes in History of International Relations; Theory and History of International Relations; and Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation; and two different two-year double MSc degrees with Columbia University in New York City, and Peking University. We also offer the MPhil/PhD in International History. The Department prides itself on the range and diversity of the courses it is able to provide for its students, which cover all parts of the world, including Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, as well as Europe and Britain, and the period from around 1500 to the present day. Our courses explore such large and critical themes as the causes of conflict, the conduct and repercussions of wars, the conditions for peace, the rise of nations and nationalism, cultural and religious interaction, imperialism, colonialism and decolonization, the emergence of transnational forces and non-state actors, and the history of international relations.

Throughout the year the Department plays host to a whole series of seminars, workshops and outside speaker events, where some of the world’s leading historians share their findings and reflections. This vibrant research culture benefits our PhD research students, who have access to some of the UK’s most impressive research and archival resources. These strengths also contribute to the dissertation work undertaken by our undergraduate and MSc students, who receive individual supervision of their chosen topics. We are committed to excellence in teaching and are proud of our Department’s high teaching scores in the National Student Survey. We have a lively student-run History Society, and the Department aims to offer a friendly and inclusive environment in which our students can pursue their full range of historical interests, participate in stimulating debate, and take full advantage of all the opportunities for personal development that an LSE education provides.

We hope that visitors and prospective applicants can find all the information they need on our activities, our teaching programmes, and our research interests on this website.

Professor Matthew Jones, Head of Department

What is it like to study international history at LSE?

Our history degrees focus on modern international history, with courses spanning the fifteenth to the twenty-first century. Students will study courses addressing the economic, social and cultural developments within and between states and examine the functioning of international systems. Both the BA History and BSc International Relations and History programmes teach students how to critically analyse source material and present findings, skills that are used to complete a final year dissertation. The Department allow students to select from a wide range of optional courses, covering domestic and international history themes or regions, 20th century comparative literature as well as outside options. 

Watch our taster session.

Alongside your studies you can also apply to our Undergraduate Research Internships scheme.

Our programmes: BA History

For detailed information regarding entry requirements, programme content, preliminary reading and accreditation please visit our BA History programme page.

Key facts

  • Academic year 2021/22: September 2021 - June 2022
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2021
  • Duration: Three years full time
  • Applications/offers/intake 2019: 491/249/47
  • Median salary of our UG students 6 months after graduating*: £25,000
  • Top 5 sectors our students work in*: Consultancy, retail and commercial banking, information and digital technology, education and teaching, public sector and government

Entry requirements

Here we list our entry requirements in terms of A-levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We also accept a wide range of other qualifications from the UK and from overseas, so if you are not studying these qualifications please follow the relevant link. For our GCSE requirements please see the BA History programme page.

Please also note that LSE has subject preferences and some programmes may have specific requirements in terms of subjects you are required to take. Please see the programme page for this information.

UCAS code: V146
A-levels: AAA
Contextual admissions A-levels: AAB
IB Diploma: 38 points overall. 766 at higher level

Language specialism

Students who have taken and passed at least one language course in each year of their degree can opt to receive a language specialism attached to their degree certificate and transcript. The three courses must be consecutively harder in level, for example: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Students must take all courses in the same language (French, Spanish, German, Mandarin or Russian) in order to qualify for the specialism. Degree certificates which include a language specialism will state the language in the title, for example: BA History with French.

*The data was collected through an annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, aggregated over five years (2011-2016). The survey was completed by graduates approximately six months after their graduation ceremony. The median salary is calculated for those whose main activity is working full-time and includes those working outside the UK.

Our programmes: BSc International Relations and History

For detailed information regarding entry requirements, programme content, preliminary reading and accreditation please visit our BSc International Relations and History programme page.

Key Facts

  • Academic year 2021/22: September 2021 - June 2022
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2021
  • Duration: Three years full time
  • Applications/offers/intake 2019: 313/92/31
  • Median salary of our UG students 6 months after graduating*: £25,000
  • Top 5 sectors our students work in*: Consultancy, retail and commercial banking, information and digital technology, education and teaching, public sector and government

Entry requirements

Here we list our entry requirements in terms of A-Levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We also accept a wide range of other qualifications from the UK and from overseas, so if you are not studying these qualifications please follow the relevant link. For our GCSE requirements please see the BSc International Relations and History programme page.

Please also note that LSE has subject preferences and some programmes may have specific requirements in terms of subjects you are required to take. Please see the programme page for this information.

UCAS code: VL12
A-levels: AAA
Contextual admissions A-levels: AAB
IB Diploma: 38 points overall, including 766 at higher level

*The data was collected through an annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, aggregated over five years (2011-2016). The survey was completed by graduates approximately six months after their graduation ceremony. The median salary is calculated for those whose main activity is working full-time and includes those working outside the UK.

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