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Dynamic and innovative, the Department of International History at LSE is a leading, globally renowned institution for the study of the history of international relations. The Department prides itself on its outstanding track record in groundbreaking research and offers graduate students in-depth specialist courses, based upon the very latest scholarly findings. As the foremost European institution for international history studies, the Department offers a wide range of courses in contemporary history, with particular expertise on the Cold War, US Foreign Policy, the Middle East, the First World War, Russia and Empires, as well as courses on Early Modern Europe. With its friendly atmosphere, combined with the highest standards in historical study, the Department of International History offers students an unparalleled chance to study with some of the best historians in the world.
A master's programme in the International History Department offers unrivalled access to a Faculty team who are internationally lauded experts in their fields. Senior specialists in the Department include:
- Professor Dominic Lieven: The winner of the 2010 Wolfson Prize and internationally acclaimed expert in Russian history and Napoleon
- Professor Arne Westad: The globally renowned expert on the Cold War and winner of the Bancroft Prize and the Bernath Prize
- Professor David Stevenson: The foremost international historian of the First World War
- Professor Paul Preston: The pre-eminent historian of the Spanish Civil War
All graduate students are taught in small group seminars based on research-driven teaching of the highest standard. Graduate students are also provided with regular one-to-one supervision by a Faculty member of staff who advises them on researching and writing their master's thesis, as well as with one-to-one academic advice throughout the year. Individual academic progress is closely monitored and each student receives one-to-one guidance in their decision-making regarding their course choices and their future careers.
The Department also has two renowned research centre affiliates at LSE: the Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies and the IDEAS Centre for the study of International Affairs, Diplomacy and Grand Strategy. The partnership with the IDEAS Centre places the LSE International History Department at the heart of the relationship between historical analysis and contemporary political decision-making. The International History Department also attracts leading visiting scholars, in conjunction with IDEAS through the prestigious Philippe Roman chair in History and International Affairs: in 2010-2011, this chair is held by Professor Niall Ferguson of Harvard University. Previous holders include Professor Paul Kennedy and Professor Chen Jian. The Department also annually hosts an outstanding German history professor in conjunction with the German Historical Institute, London – in 2010-2011, this position is held by Professor Christoph Cornelissen from Kiel University.
A graduate degree from LSE enhances access to the leading employment recruiters in both London and overseas. Our graduate students go on to a wide range of careers in many sectors. Among those which are particularly popular with our alumni are: law, journalism, policy-making, academia, foreign affairs and political administration.
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