In our first blog entry, we asked our editors to share their best tips for applying to history and history-related courses at the LSE.
Joss (Co-Editor-in-Chief, MSc Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation)
Show how you can make a wider contribution to the school community by talking about past volunteering and other extracurricular activities. Do a bit of research into all the extra things that are on offer at the LSE - such as public events and societies - and show how you plan to get involved. It will set you apart from the people who just want to talk about their academic achievements!
Hui (Co-Editor-in-Chief, BSc History and Politics)
Research extensively into the courses offered by the LSE, there are many interesting joint degree programmes (e.g. History and Politics, History and IR), as well as specific curriculum details before making your application!
Vincent (Head of External Relations, BSc History and Politics)
Read widely around your area of interest. In your personal statement, engage with academic debates, and offer your own perspective on topics of contention. Professors want to see that you can formulate your own opinions, rather than merely rephrasing what other people say!
Clarice (Senior Editor, BSc History and Politics)
Get personal in your UCAS application. Why did you get interested in the discipline that you are applying for, and how does that link to the material taught by the LSE? Mention activities you participated in that show your passion for the subject.
(Pranav, Associate Editor, BSc International Relations and History)
Specificity is the key. Do some research into your potential professors, find out what they specialise in and find ways to connect that to what your course of choice offers. If you can show a strong connection between areas of research that you find yourself interested in and the various programs through which the LSE tries to tackle the vast social sciences, it will give you an advantage. Try to pinpoint exactly which academic debates your time at the LSE will give you a platform to contribute and expand upon!
(Sophie, Social Media and Events, BSc History and Politics)
Find out what the LSE specialises in by checking the courses online. Seeing if they align with your interests and having a clear plan for what you might end up studying can be a great motivator in your reading!
(Aristides, Online Editor, BA History)
Have a look at the various language courses offered by the LSE as a way to supplement your degree, and offer something more to employers when you graduate. You can make a lot of progress in 3 years, and learning a new language is great fun!
Joyce (Typesetting and Design Editor, BA History)
Research as extensively as possible into your area of interest as well as the resources LSE is providing. But also go beyond it and critically reflect on what your interested field means and communicates to you. This can be a useful way to show your passion.
Lizzie (Associate Editor, BA History and German)
Only mention what you can directly link to the degree you’re applying for, so you don’t ‘use up’ your word count making tenuous connections. Show how you took the initiative in taking your interests further than just reading- for example, starting or leading a specific club, submitting your work to a school paper, or engaging in a debate. Don’t worry if some of your A-Levels are unrelated to your degree- as a current History student, I did Biology, Chemistry and a science-centred EPQ.
Anika (Senior Editor, BSc History and Politics)
Back up your statements with concrete examples, and then explain why they are relevant towards the degree you are applying for. Repeat this enough times and you've got yourself a personal statement.
Jenni (Typesetting and Design, BA History)
Be original in your personal statement; bring in your own perspective, show that you engage in critical thinking and are capable of forming your own opinion (and backing it up with evidence). If possible, connect with current students and find out what they think about the course you are considering applying for.
Our team wishes everyone all the best in your university application journey. Trust the process, it will all be worth it in the end :)