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BSc International Relations and History

Explore the political, economic and social factors that have shaped international relations. Gain skills for careers in policy, journalism or research.



This BSc International Relations and History allows you to study two complementary subjects. You’ll look at the nature of the changing dynamics between different countries and the impact of the uneven distribution of power, money, welfare and knowledge on foreign policies and international order.

For the history elements, you’ll analyse the political, economic, social and cultural developments that have shaped states and their relationships with other countries. Our history courses are distinctive for their international perspective – covering Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, Europe and Britain.

The programme draws on the combined expertise of two internationally renowned departments. As you progress, 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 for your future career.

This programme provides an excellent springboard for a future career in politics, government, NGOs, journalism and research.

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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Student stories

Student Shukri, UK and Somalia
Student Horation, France and Singapore
Portrait of student Hanseul Lee
You'll gain a balanced knowledge of History and International Relations throughout your three years, which will be a strong addition regardless of what you pursue in the future.
Hanseul Lee, South Korea, BSc International Relations and History
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There’s no better institution to study BSc International Relations and History than at one of the most international universities in the UK.
Adele Kavaliauskaite, Lithuania, BSc International Relations and 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 will 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

Median salary of our undergraduate students 15 months after graduating:


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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