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Carr Saunders Halls, LSE
London School of Economics
London

LSE vs UCL

Hi
I've just received offers to study history from both UCL and LSE. I think I prefer the course at LSE which is international history. Do you have any advise? Especially with respect to accommodation, social life, future job prospects etc?
Thanks!
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Hi! I don't think I'm the right one to answer ur questions since I'm also an applicant, but imo the course itself may be more important, given that LSE and UCL are both excellent unis and located in London (however do make sure you've considered all the info available like the course structure rather than just their names).

You can also take a look at the courses on The Uni Guide. They collect stats like student satisfaction, future work areas & earnings, which may be helpful for u. (But note that students surveyed were different so their standards might be inconsistent)

As for accommodation and social life, I think it might be better for u to find some student YouTubers and I'm sure there are plenty of videos about them.

Anyway, congrats on ur offers and good luck!!
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Carr Saunders Halls, LSE
London School of Economics
London
Original post by Chenjc
Hi! I don't think I'm the right one to answer ur questions since I'm also an applicant, but imo the course itself may be more important, given that LSE and UCL are both excellent unis and located in London (however do make sure you've considered all the info available like the course structure rather than just their names).

You can also take a look at the courses on The Uni Guide. They collect stats like student satisfaction, future work areas & earnings, which may be helpful for u. (But note that students surveyed were different so their standards might be inconsistent)

As for accommodation and social life, I think it might be better for u to find some student YouTubers and I'm sure there are plenty of videos about them.

Anyway, congrats on ur offers and good luck!!

Thank you, that's really helpful!
I'd say look carefully at the options available on each course, and the structure of each course, as well as what optional modules you might be able to take externally.

In general, UCL history is much braoder, encompassing ancient history, medieval history, modern history, British, world, and international history, whereas LSE very much focuses on modern international history. Also the structure is somewhat different, with UCLs course having specific seminar modules, and the final year special subject with linked dissertation.

UCL will also potentially have a wider range of external optional modules in different areas, e.g. Eastern European history specialisms from SSEES, various potentially interesting options from HJS relating to Jewish history (modern and ancient), a range of modules in the history of the Americas from the Americas Institute, and perhaps supplementing ancient/medieval history options with archaeology optional modules for example (which are very wide ranging in the IoA).UCL also has a huge range of languages available.

LSE is much narrower by comparison, but this is not necessarily a bad thing if you are exclusively interested in things within that narrow range, as you then have a lot of options within that area. You also have potentially interesting optional modules you can take from e.g. economic history, as LSE is I think now the only university with a standalone economic history department, and perhaps options in e.g. the history of political thought etc. I believe there is also usually at least one module in legal history run each year. I don't think they have an extended special subject option like at UCL though (although you would write a dissertation, this won't be linked as part of an extended primary source taught element as at UCL I gather).
Original post by Historywannabe
Hi
I've just received offers to study history from both UCL and LSE. I think I prefer the course at LSE which is international history. Do you have any advise? Especially with respect to accommodation, social life, future job prospects etc?
Thanks!

LSE is more widely known than UCL and LSE graduates earn significantly more than most UK university graduates!!! :biggrin:

LSE History rankings

The Department of International History has consistently performed well in the QS World University Rankings. In the QS World University History Subject Table for 2021, History at LSE ranked 5th overall in the world for the second year running, ahead of Columbia, Stanford, Berkeley and Princeton. In the UK and in Europe, History at LSE continues to rank third, behind Oxford and Cambridge, but ahead of King's College London, UCL and Edinburgh.

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