This programme is aimed at those looking for a taught graduate programme in history in an international context. It 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.
You will 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. You will also have the opportunity to take a relevant course offered by another LSE department, and to prepare a detailed, research-based 10,000 word dissertation. Teaching is research-led and delivered by those who are at the cutting edge of the field.
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.
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
Wai Loong Tang
I have always been a huge history buff, collecting historical tomes to read in my spare time so studying History of International Relations was an easy choice - it married both my personal and professional interests. What I particularly like about the course is the rich mentorship that I get from the professors who are part of this illustrious programme. Burning questions and alternative histories that I have held in my head for years whilst reading these tomes finally have an outlet, through the numerous debates and lectures.
The historical significance and central location of LSE are some of the reasons why I love studying here - the stunning Royal Inns of Court are right on the doorstep of LSE and Fleet Street, synonymous with the British press, a place that shaped British public opinion for decades, is just around the corner. The idea that the Webbs, George Bernard Shaw and Halford Mackinder (the founder of geopolitics) played key roles in the formative years of the school gives me a huge buzz. The world-class history of the institution is unsurpassed by nearly all and to be part of this heritage has been such a huge honour.
I am deeply appreciative of being able to learn from world class teachers and prefessors. Just listening to their thoughts and ideas, and simply engaging with them has been invaluable for my intellectual development. My experiences in LSE and the UK in general have broadened my horizons, enriched my world-view, and served as a perfect counterpoint to my professional experience in Asia.
I was lucky to be granted both the Chevening scholarship from the British government as well as a scholarship from the Singaporian government and I will be returning home after I graduate to join the Singapore Civil Service.
2.1 degree or overseas equivalent in any discipline. English standard level.
Recipient: London School of Economics and Political Science
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