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UCAS code:V146

BA History

Learn about the forces that have shaped the past and the world we live in today with our international history degree programme.
BA History at LSE



This degree is distinctive for its international perspective on the past. Spanning the 15th century to the present day, the programme pays as much attention to political, economic, social and cultural developments that have shaped states as to the relationships between them.

You can choose from a wide range of history courses covering virtually every region of the world and period in history. The Department of International History is world-leading for research and teaching. Taught by internationally acclaimed academics, you’ll develop your analytical powers, analyse complex evidence from a variety of sources and learn how to present your findings clearly – all highly transferable skills that are valued by employers.

You can also take options from other departments, including a language specialism – see the Programme Structure and Courses section for details.

LSE history graduates continue to have one of the best rates of employability and earnings after graduation in the UK. Our graduates secure rewarding and challenging careers in politics, journalism, the media consulting, law, research and teaching.

Entry requirements

Here, you can check our entry requirements for GCSEs, A-levels (please read them alongside our information about subject combinations) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We also consider applications from students with a range of other UK qualifications and from overseas. Please select the overseas button below and choose your country from the dropdown list to find the equivalency to A-levels of your qualification.


We welcome students from all walks of life at LSE. We want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation. So, whatever your background, please do apply. Get all the details on our general entry requirements.

Competition for places at LSE is high. We cannot guarantee you an offer of a place even if you’re predicted or achieve our standard entry requirements.

Our standard offer requirements are intended only as a guide and, in some cases, you’ll be asked for different grades.

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Why study with us

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The Department of History truly reflects and embodies the international focus that is so unique to LSE.
Ananya Sharma, UK, BA History
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LSE is a great place to learn – a combination of interesting courses, enthusiastic teachers (among the best in the world!) and a wide range of teaching resources and materials.
Sachin Mehta, BA History

Your application


We consider each application carefully, taking into account all the details you’ve included on your UCAS form, such as:

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although this is not needed at the application stage. See our English language requirements page.


Fees and funding

The table of fees shows the latest tuition fees for all programmes.

You're charged a fee for each year of your programme. Your tuition fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It doesn't cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.


Learning and assessment

How you learn

Graduate destinations


Through studying history you'll learn how to analyse complex evidence from a variety of sources, to develop your analytical powers and to present your findings effectively. These skills and a broad knowledge of the development of the world around us are valued by many employers.

Past students have followed a range of careers in politics, journalism, media and publishing, advertising, marketing, and public relations, public administration, the foreign service, industry, the charity and development sector, finance, consulting and the legal profession, as well as in research, teaching, libraries and archives.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme

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Top 4 sectors our students work in:

Education, Teaching and Research
Financial and Professional Services
Other Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Government, Public Sector and Policy

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