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MSc History of International Relations

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

1 Year
 Start month

 Tuition fee

19344 GBP
12504 GBP
12504 GBP

Application fee

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International history
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)107
TOEFL-PBT (min)627

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About this course

This is the department's most popular Masters course and is intended for those seeking a taught postgraduate course 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.

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 the LSE's emphasis on research-led teaching - in other words, instruction by those who are at the cutting edge of their disciplines.

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 option of doing a relevant course offered by another LSE department, and a detailed, research-based 10,000 word dissertation.

Students take courses to the value of three full units from a range of options. Only one of which can be an outside option and the other must be a dissertation.

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Eligibility Criteria

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree in the history discipline.

English Language Requirments:

You can meet our language requirements in the following ways:

  • Your first language is English, or
  • Your current or previous degree is taught/assessed entirely in English (we will need official confirmation of this if it is not stated on your transcript), or
  • You have passed a recognised Standardised English Language Test (SELT) at an appropriate level.

For degree programmes outside the UK you will need to obtain at least 70 per cent of the available marks in your final year examinations. If your institution uses the cumulative grade point average (GPA) system you should normally have a GPA of at least 3.5 (out of 4) or above.

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Course Modules

Full-year programme. Students take courses to the value of three full units (only one of which can be an outside option i.e. a course not listed below) and a dissertation:

Paper 1, 2, 3
Courses to the value of three full units from the following list:

  • HY400 Crisis Decision-Making in War and Peace, 1914-2003
  • HY411 European Integration in the Twentieth Century
  • HY422 Presidents, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy: from Roosevelt to Reagan, 1933-1989
  • HY424 The Napoleonic Empire: The Making of Modern Europe (n/a 15/16)  
  • HY429 Anglo-American Relations from World War to Cold War
  • HY432 From Cold Warriors to Peacemakers: the End of the Cold War Era, 1979-1999
  • HY434 The Rise and Fall of Communism in Europe 1917-1990
  • HY435 Political Islam: From Ibn Taymiyya to ISIS
  • HY436 Race, Violence and Colonial Rule in Africa
  • HY438 Western Intellectuals and the Challenge of Totalitarianism (withdrawn 15/16)
  • HY439 War Cultures, 1890-1945 (n/a 15/16)
  • HY440 The Emergence of Modern Iran: State, Society and Diplomacy
  • HY441 Islam, State and Rebellion in the Indonesian Archipelago (n/a 15/16)
  • HY444 The Cold War in Latin America (n/a 15/16)
  • HY448 Living with the Bomb: An International History of Nuclear Weapons and the Arms Race from the Second World War to the end of the Cold War 
  • HY460 Ideologies and Political Thought in Germany in the Era of Extremes (1914-1990)
  • HY461 East Asia in the Age of Imperialism, 1839-1945  
  • HY463 The Origins of the Cold War, 1917-1962
  • HY465 The International History of the Balkans since 1939: State Projects, Wars, and Social Conflict
  • HY469 Maps, History and Power: The Spaces and Cultures of the Past
  • EH451 Latin American Development: political economy of growth (H) (n/a 15/16) 
  • EH452 Latin American Development and Economic History (H) (n/a 15/16)
  • EU426 The West: Identity and Interests (H) (n/a 15/16) 
  • EU475 Muslims in Europe (H)
  • EU476 Turkey and Europe (H)
  • IR439 Diplomacy (H)

Or a HY course from another MSc programme run by the Department of International History (subject to approval by the programme director)
Or a related course from another department (outside option) (subject to approval by the programme director)

Paper 4

  • HY499 Dissertation

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How to Apply

You must apply early, as competition for programmes at LSE is intense. Your application will not be considered until we have received all your supporting documents. Wherever possible you should submit all of your documents with your online application. You should expect to wait an average of 8 weeks for a decision when applying for a taught programme, decisions for a research programme may take longer than this.

Important: LSE expects all applicants to complete their application materials without the use of paid agents, credentials services, or other paid professional assistance. The use of such services may lead to the rejection of application materials, the revocation of an admissions offer, cancellation of admission, or involuntary withdrawal from the University.

You should also upload your supporting documents with your application. You should scan and upload your transcripts and request references to be submitted online. The online application allows you to submit your complete application securely and quickly. Your application will not be processed until we have received all the required documents.

Supporting documents

All applications must be accompanied by supporting documents. Some of these are required by all applicants, others are only needed for specific programmes. Details of specific requirements are given on the programme pages.

  • Use common sense when reading this information. We are being as clear as we can about our requirements and there are no trick questions or hidden traps.
  • We ask you to provide the documents as requested (or as close to them as you can manage) so that we can make a good decision on your application.
  • Don't overload your application with extra documents - the selectors won't have time to read them and we really don't need them.
  • Don't panic about the length of your personal statement or research proposal - just be sensible about what you want to write and how much a selector might want to read.
  • We offer guidance to help you. Read it and act sensibly on it.
  • Please do not send supporting documents directly to departments as this will delay your application.

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