Taught course

International and World History (Double Degree)

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

Entry requirements

Upper second class degree or equivalent in any discipline. Language requirement - those who are unable to pass a translation exam in a language other than English upon arrival at Columbia will need to take two years of language training at Columbia and at the LSE Language Centre. Those able to pass one translation exam in a language other than English upon arrival at Columbia can complete the requirement in either of two ways: By taking one year of language training at Columbia or at LSE; Passing a second translation exam during the first year at Columbia.

LSE-Columbia University Double Degree in International and World History.

Months of entry


Course content

The study of international and world history - as opposed to the study of the exclusive histories and historiographies of individual countries - is an emerging field of research that is slowly changing our perspectives on the development of politics and societies. These developments are seen as inseparably linked to the movement of people and ideas back and forth across oceans and territories.

The internationalisation of the study of history has also led to a renewed interest in what larger regions of the world have in common - and in what separates them from each other - in terms of political concepts and cultural values. As a result, the study of encounters between states or societies has gone through several new phases, which together have revolutionised our understanding of cultural and economic dissemination as well as of war, diplomacy, empires and transnational institutions. Finally, efforts are being made to integrate the histories of ethnicity and gender into this internationalising framework and to study the influence of these aspects of human history upon both peaceful cooperation and exchange and upon forms of violent conflict.

The further development of the study of international history in this broad sense depends on the internationalisation of the training and skills of the next generation of experts. The LSE - Columbia University Double Degree in International and World History draws on the faculties of two of the world's leading centres of international affairs, which have the expertise and commitment to provide the training and skills needed. It offers close contact in seminars and colloquia with mentors in different intellectual and cultural settings in two global cities.

The two-year programme will be taught both in London and in New York, and will lead to successful students receiving a degree from both universities at the end of their period of study. While the majority will be expected to go on to do a PhD in history or related fields, some may choose to apply the insights gained to a career outside of academia, including journalism, public policy, non-profits, or the private sector.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

LSE Graduate Support Scheme for Year 2 at LSE

Qualification and course duration


full time
11 months


full time
11 months

Course contact details

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