This is the Department's most popular master's programme and is intended for those seeking a taught graduate programme in history at its most international. It also caters for a wide variety of students, including those who have studied history at an undergraduate level and those who are making the transition from related subjects such as political science, modern languages, economics, law or journalism.
Students take at least two specialised history options, choosing from options that span the globe geographically and range chronologically from the Renaissance to the end of the Cold War. Students also have the opportunity of doing a relevant course offered by another LSE department, and to prepare a detailed, research-based 10,000 word dissertation.
All of the teaching is done either by the Department's full-time academic staff or specially engaged post-doctoral teaching staff. The teaching is therefore very much in line with LSE's emphasis on research-led teaching - in other words, instruction by those who are at the cutting edge of their disciplines.
Students take courses to the value of three full units, only one of which can be an outside option and a dissertation.
Dissertation. Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of two units from a range of options.
Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.
Students develop highly transferable skills valued by employers and go on to work in the foreign service, the EU, political think tanks, risk assessment, journalism, the NGO sector, or stay on to take a research degree.
At LSE, I found the International History Department, both staff and students, to be a fantastically supportive and passionate community. But perhaps best of all for me were the opportunities it presented to meet and learn from so many people with different backgrounds. My year studying international history at LSE has easily been the most stimulating of my academic career.
Dr Tanya Harmer
I chose LSE as the place to do my MA because of the inspiring courses on offer. The fact that I then returned to do my PhD at the LSE and to pursue a career in history is testimony both to the exciting nature of those courses and to the committed teaching I received. But I also loved the environment of LSE and the other students I met here. Despite being a British student at a British university in the centre of London, LSE felt foreign, exotic and international on account of being home to students and staff from all around the world
The School has a wide range of scholarships available for taught master's students coming to LSE from certain countries and regions of the world. Scholarships are available for LSE students from Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Award value varies
Country of domicile, consult LSE Financial Support Office for specific criteria.
Students must complete the Graduate Support Scheme online application form, which is available on the Graduate Admissions' web tracker system once you apply for admission.
You will be automatically considered for all the scholarships for which you are eligible by completing and submitting this application form. It is therefore only necessary to complete the application form once, regardless of how many awards you would like to be considered for.
Around £2 million is available annually in the form of awards from the Graduate Support Scheme (GSS). This scheme is designed to help students who do not have the necessary funds to meet all their costs of study.The standard value of GSS awards ranges from £3,000 to £10,000, depending on financial need.In 2010, we offered 9.2% of applicants an award from the Graduate Support Scheme.The intention of the Graduate Support Scheme is to support students who would otherwise struggle to come to LSE for financial reasons. The numbers of applicants in this category vary from year to year; you are encouraged to apply as early as possible because funds are limited. Your financial information will not be considered as part of your application for a place at the School.
Value of Scholarship(s)
£3,000 - £10,000
The Graduate Support Scheme is open to all applicants
Once you have applied for admission, you can access the Graduate Support Scheme application form via Graduate Admissions' web tracker system.
We aim to notify you of the outcome of your application at the point of an offer of admission to the School being made. Please do not contact us before you receive a formal offer of admission. If you do not receive an offer of admission, the data you have submitted will be destroyed.
If you have submitted an application after receiving an offer of admission, then we aim to notify you of the outcome of your application within 4 weeks of submission. Please do not contact us if it is less than 4 weeks since you submitted your application.