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London School of Economics and Political Science

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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    518
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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    11.6
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    3.35
  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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    2,105
  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    3.89
  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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    553
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    78.5
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    97.6
  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    86.6

History

  • Founded by Fabians, Beatrice and Sidney Webb, Graham Wallas and George Bernard Shaw in 1895 to specialise in the advanced study of the social sciences.
  • Subjects pioneered at LSE include anthropology, criminology, international relations, social psychology and sociology.
  • LSE has produced 35 world leaders and heads of state, and 16 Nobel Prize winners in economics, peace and literature.
  • 37 past or present world leaders have studied or taught at LSE and 31 current members of the UK House of Commons and 42 members of the House of Lords have also either taught or studied at LSE.

Location and Transport

  • Located in the heart of central London, LSE's departments and institutes are concentrated on one campus.
  • Communication and travel links are excellent, with access to multiple bus routes and tube stations.

Entry Requirements

  • LSE welcomes applications from students with the best academic potential, from around the world and irrespective of background.
  • Excellent grades at A level (including A* for some subjects) are required in traditional academic subjects plus good GCSE grades.
  • Our standard minimum A level entry requirements range from AAB to A*AA.
  • LSE believes that AS levels offer significant benefits, both for the student and for universities. Our evidence indicates that AS levels are an effective indicator of performance at undergraduate level and for this reason we continue to use AS grades (and in some cases the associated UMS scores) in our admissions assessments.
  • We recommend that, wherever possible, students sit AS level examinations at the end of year 12. These AS results will help the LSE selectors better assess the application in a fair, consistent and transparent manner and will ensure that more subjective indicators of academic potential such as predicted grades are less important factors in the decision making process.
  • LSE understands that there will be some schools and colleges that are unable to teach AS levels alongside the new linear A levels and we will not disadvantage students who submit an application without AS level grades as a result. In these circumstances we will use the information presented on the application form to make our decision (possibly in conjunction with some form of additional assessment).

Student Mix

The 10,600 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 42%
  • Postgraduate 58%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 95%
  • Part Time 5%

Domicile

  • UK 33%
  • EU 18%
  • Other 49%

Student gender

  • Male 49%
  • Female 51%

Course Flexibility

  • For 2017 entry there are 38 undergraduate programmes, many of which allow the combination of different social science subjects.
  • They cover subjects including economics, politics and government, history, management, law, accounting, finance, international relations, philosophy, geography and environment, social policy and sociology.
  • New areas of study are frequently introduced to keep pace with changes in the social sciences.
  • Two undergraduate exchange programmes, with Sciences Po in France and the University of California Berkeley, allow 10 LSE students per institution to undertake a year of study abroad at one of the School’s partner institutions.

Teaching Standards

  • The school’s most recent Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) audit found that confidence can reasonably be placed a) in the school’s current and likely future management of the academic standards of its awards, and b) in the soundness of the School’s current and likely future management of the quality of the learning opportunities available to students.
  • The arrangements under the school’s 'Strategy for managing academic standards and quality' help to maintain teaching quality.
  • Student views influence the school’s teaching and learning policies. The school surveys its students each year, and acts on the results. In 2014–15, LSE achieved a student satisfaction rating of 86% in its internal teaching surveys and 81% in the 2015 NSS (undergraduate only).

Research Standards

  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the LSE had the highest percentage of world leading research of any university in the UK and topped or came close to the top of a number of other rankings of research excellence. LSE came top in the rankings for Business and Management Studies, Social Policy, Area Studies and Media and Communications.
  • The school currently has 23 formal research centres focusing on a broad range of social science activities, including well-known groups such as the Centre for Economic Performance, and the Financial Markets Group established in 1987 by Mervyn King, the former Governor of the Bank of England.
  • The school also hosts the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, chaired by Professor Lord Nick Stern, author of the influential 2006 Stern Review. In recent years it has also established the International Growth Centre, a £100-million programme funded by the Department for International Development to promote economic growth in developing countries; the Centre for Macroeconomics, chaired by LSE’s Nobel Prize-winning economics professor, Christopher Pissarides, in collaboration with Cambridge University, University College London (UCL), the Bank of England and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) and funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), the Systemic Risk Centre, funded by the ESRC and co-hosted by UCL and the Centre for Women, Peace and Security launched by First Secretary of State William Hague and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt. LSE is also home to the Institute of Public Affairs, the Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship and the Institute for Global Affairs.
  • From its foundation, the school has sought to disseminate its research to fellow academics, the media, opinion formers and the general public. Its website, which includes an Experts Directory and an impact portal, invites audiences to join the global debate at LSE. Research Online - the institutional repository - provides access to a diverse range of research produced by the School. Everyone is welcome to attend the LSE's public events, where some of the most influential figures in the social sciences and humanities can be heard for free.
  • Academics are in continual demand as commentators, analysts and advisers to governments, policy makers and charities, both in the UK and internationally.

Academic Strengths

  • LSE is a specialist university with an international intake and a global reach. Its research and teaching span the full breadth of the social sciences, from economics, politics and law to sociology, anthropology, accounting and finance. The School has one of the largest concentrations of applied economic, financial and social researchers in the world.
  • Close partnerships with other universities include Columbia University in New York, Sciences Po in Paris, Peking University in Beijing, National University of Singapore and the University of Cape Town.
  • LSE attracts some of the most influential figures in the world to give public lectures, including Kofi Annan, Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, and former and current UK prime ministers Tony Blair and David Cameron, with free access for students.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • LSE library is the major international library for the social sciences with over 4 million printed items, 60,000 ebooks and 108,000 ejournals, alongside digitised collections in LSE Digital Library.
  • LSE library is one of five HEFCE recognised National Research Libraries in the UK.
  • The LSE library collection, unusually for a university, carries Designated Status as being of outstanding national and international importance, a designation managed by the Arts Council England.
  • The library also holds the Women’s Library Collection, the oldest and most extensive collection of women’s history in Europe.
  • There are 1,844 seats and 510 PCs available for study in the library.
  • There is also a laptop loan scheme, IRoam, available to students and staff for use within the liibrary building.

Disability Services

  • The LSE is committed to promoting equality and diversity in order to deliver the best possible service to its students, staff and the wider community. The Disability and Wellbeing Service provides information, advice, guidance and support to students with disabilities, long-term medical and mental health conditions, and Specific Learning Difficulties, such as dyslexia.
  • To find out more please go to our website.

Students' Union

  • There are over 190 student societies covering national and cultural, hobbies, food and drink, careers and more. Societies are globally recognised and are extremely high achieving.
  • Students can also get involved in the school's Media Group, student magazine and radio station.
  • Union general meetings are held weekly, where every student can attend and vote.
  • Political life at the union is extremely vibrant and historically high profile, with one of the highest election turnouts in the country.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • LSE Careers advertises and actively seeks a wide range of part-time jobs which are suitable for current students, as well as graduate positions.
  • Opportunities are frequently advertised for paid internships.
  • The LSE Volunteering Centre sources and advertises a wide range of part-time volunteering opportunities.

Careers Guidance

  • LSE Careers advertises and actively seeks a wide range of part-time jobs which are suitable for current students, as well as graduate positions.
  • Opportunities are frequently advertised for paid internships.
  • LSE Careers provides a varied and comprehensive careers guidance and employment service for students, including face-to-face appointments, seminars, employer presentations and careers fairs.
  • The LSE Volunteering Centre sources and advertises a wide range of part-time volunteering opportunities.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The school has recently opened 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields (the old Land Registry building) and its landmark Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, which is the new home of the LSE Students’ Union and other student services.
  • The school is currently developing plans for a new LSE Centre Buildings redevelopment, which will replace the area on campus that currently houses the East Building, Clare Market, the Anchorage and part of St Clement’s.
  • The school will also start looking at developing 44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, which is currently home to Cancer Research who will vacate the building in late 2016 to enable the LSE to develop the property for school purposes.

Notable Alumni

  • Janet Yellen (chair of US Federal Research)
  • Christopher Pissarides (Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences (jointly) 2010)
  • Loyd Grossman (media)
  • Cherie Booth (law)
  • Shami Chakrabarti (civil liberties)
  • Mark Hoban (politics)
  • Ed Miliband (politics)
  • Jo Swinson (politics)
  • Jeremy Heywood (civil service)
  • Christiana Figueres (UN)
  • Hilary Mantel (writer)
  • Justin Webb (media)
  • Daniel Finkelstein (media)
  • Ros Altmann (campaigning)

Further Details

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Houghton Street
London
WC2A 2AE
UCAS Code L72
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