Taught course

Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) · Department of International History

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Entry requirements

2:1 honours degree or its equivalent in any discipline.

English higher level.

Months of entry


Course content

About the MSc programme

The MSc Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation focuses on the phenomenon of imperialism and a series of related issues including the notions of modernity, nationalism, race and gender, as well as globalisation.

The core course is designed to provide you with a broad knowledge of empires from the 14th century to the present day. You will engage at an advanced level with the latest academic research in the field, and undertake your own research-based term papers. The core compulsory course, Empire, Colonialism and Globalisation, is designed to provide you with a broad knowledge of empires from the 14th century to the present day. You will also be able to choose from a wide range of specialist options from the Departments of International Development, Government, Economic History, International History, Geography, as well as the European Institute and Gender Institute. You will also complete a 10,000 word dissertation in your third term.

Department of International History

The Department of International History is one of the world's leading centres for historical study and research. History at the LSE is consistently ranked amongst the top ten in the QS World University Subject league tables, and in the top three in the UK and Europe. Our historians explore developments in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas making us an ideal place to study world history. We have experts on political, social, cultural, religious, intellectual, military, and transnational history.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

Every graduate student is charged a fee for their programme.

This programme is eligible for needs-based awards from LSE, including the Graduate Support Scheme, Master's Awards and Anniversary Scholarships.

More information on funding and scholarships can be found on the LSE website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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