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What will I learn?

The MSc Theory and History of International Relations is a specialist, multidisciplinary degree taught by the Department of International History and the Department of International Relations - both have a global reputation for their high quality research and dynamic contributions to the development of their respective disciplines.

This unique joint degree programme has been designed for students who want to understand and appreciate both the theoretical and the empirical approach to the study of international relations. The curriculum offers students the opportunity to take courses tailored to their specific interests, in terms of method, time-frame and geographical scope. The choices available are wide and deep since this is a joint degree with the International Relations Department and the International History Department (where it is based).

The curriculum combines an exceptional level of analytical training in theory, balanced with the discipline of historical based case-studies and advanced research. You will be taught by leading experts in both disciplines. You can choose one broad course from each Department. For your third option you can chose one of many highly specialised courses offered by either Department. You will then complete your degree by doing a history dissertation, which will give you the chance to conduct your own empirical research on a detailed historical case study.

This well-balanced and bespoke course, allows you to develop your intellectual understanding and ability to analyse a wide range of international relations’ history, organisations, trends and challenges including world wars, East-West conflict, North-South relations, European integration, globalisation, diplomacy and peace-building.

This popular, long-established and well-respected course will better equip you to progress towards your chosen career including within the field of analysis, consultancy, research, policy making, global and local governance, crisis intervention, peace-building, risk assessment, journalism, intelligence gathering and academia.

Teaching methods

LSE is internationally recognised for its teaching and research and therefore employs a rich variety of teaching staff with a range of experience and status. Courses may be taught by individual members of faculty, such as lecturers, senior lecturers, readers, associate professors and professors.


All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. LSE uses a range of formative assessment, such as essays, problem sets, case studies, reports, quizzes, mock exams and many others. Summative assessment may be conducted during the course or by final examination at the end of the course.


Graduate destinations

This well-known and respected programme provides an excellent preparation for careers in business, consulting, government, international agencies, the media, politics and law, or for advanced academic research.

LSE History graduates find employment in almost any job sector due to the wide range of transferable skills developed during their studies.


Which department am I in?

International History

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£24,456.00 (US$ 29,610) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

26 September 2022


Houghton Street

London School of Economics and Political Science,



WC2A 2AE, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.5/4, or 4.3/5 or 85 per cent overall. If the only grading scheme used is a letter-grade system, we would normally require a B+ average. Applications are considered on an individual basis and entry requirements vary by programme.

For international students

Upper second class honours (2:1) degree or equivalent in any discipline. Students should have IELTS scores 7.0 overall; Reading: 7.0; Listening: 6.5; Writing: 6.5 and Speaking: 6.5). Students should have TOEFL scores 100 overall; Reading: 25; Listening: 22; Writing: 24 and Speaking: 22).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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