London School of Economics and Political Science

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the foremost social science universities in the world. With an international intake and a global reach, LSE has always put engagement with the wider world at the heart of its mission; its research and teaching the span the full breadth of the social sciences. LSE is concentrated on one campus in central London, with excellent travel links and access to multiple bus routes and tube stations.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


In or close to the centre of a town


Specialises in a single subject area, or a small range of subjects

UCAS Code: L72

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 43%
  • Postgraduate 57%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 96%
  • Part Time 4%

Where students come from

  • UK 33%
  • EU 18%
  • Other 50%

Student gender

  • Male 51%
  • Female 49%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities


  • LSE Library (also known as the British Library of Political and Economic Science) is a major international library of the social sciences. One of only five National Research Libraries in England, its collections have designated status by the Arts Council England for being of outstanding national and international importance.
  • LSE Library holds over four million print items (including government publications and statistics), over 60,000 electronic books and provides access to over 100,000 electronic journals and a wide range of datasets.
  • The award-winning Lionel Robbins building (renovated by Foster and Partners in 2000) covers 20,000 square metres and offers over 2,000 study places, including over 500 networked PCs, laptop points, i-Roam laptop loans and wireless Internet access (eduroam).

Student jobs

  • LSE Careers advertises and actively seeks a wide range of part-time jobs which are suitable for current students, alongside graduate and experienced hire positions.
  • All internships advertised are paid (minimum London Living Wage), with the exception of some in the charity sector.
  • The LSE Volunteer Centre also sources and advertises a wide range of part-time volunteering opportunities.

Careers advice

  • LSE Careers provides a varied and comprehensive careers guidance and employment service for students including one-to-one appointments, CV and application checks, employer presentations, and careers fairs and events.
  • LSE Careers also provides bespoke services for students with disabilities and PhD students, including dedicated careers consultants.
  • The LSE Volunteer Centre offers guidance on choosing and searching for a wide range of one-off and long-term volunteering opportunities.
  • Generate, LSE's entrepreneurship programme, includes events, mentoring, appointments, networking and funding competitions to support entrepreneurs with starting and progressing startups and businesses.

Counselling services

  • A Student Counselling Service offers free confidential counselling to students for any personal or study-related difficulty.
  • The university has expert mental health advisers who can offer confidential support to students at any stage of their course.
  • There is also an established Peer Support Scheme with over 35 highly trained students able to offer support to other students.

Disability support

  • The Disability and Well-being Service provides information, advice, guidance and support to students with disabilities, long-term medical and mental health conditions, and specific learning differences, such as dyslexia.
  • LSE has expert disability advisers who can offer confidential support to students at any stage of their course.
  • Please refer to the university website for further information.

Other services and facilities

Study support includes a range of support and initiatives:

  • The majority of taught programmes have a course on Moodle, the online learning platform used at LSE. Moodle courses contain activities such as quizzes, communication tools, resources such as audio and video files, lecture slides, links to recordings of lectures and reading lists. Students may be asked to submit their work electronically to Moodle, and teachers may provide feedback and provisional marks via Moodle.
  • The IMT department provides IT support and partnering to the LSE community via phone, remote support and face to face interactions at its walk-in centre. IMT also offer support of personal IT devices via its laptop surgery. Open access student IT facilities on campus include traditional PC rooms and more innovative collaborative study spaces.
  • All LSE undergraduates take LSE100 ('The LSE Course'), an innovative course that takes an interdisciplinary approach to thinking like a social scientist. The course exposes students to the core methodological concepts of evidence, explanation and theory, and builds and reinforces students' critical research, communication, and analytical skills. Examining four case studies, students draw on contributions from leading LSE academics to explore and debate the causes of and potential solutions to salient social issues.
  • LSE also runs a number of workshops and events, such as building confidence for academic writing, and overcoming perfectionism and procrastination.

Students' Union

  • LSESU has over 200 student societies covering national and cultural interests, 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 active and has a historically high profile, with one of the highest election turnouts in the country.


  • LSE was founded in 1894 by four social reformers who were members of the Fabian Society: Beatrice and Sidney Webb, Graham Wallas and George Bernard Shaw.
  • Their vision was to train students to 'know the causes of things' and go on to improve society. The first students arrived in October 1895.
  • The library was founded in 1896 and the Students' Union in 1897. LSE moved to its current home on the Aldwych in 1902.

Fascinating Fact

  • The London School of Economics has alumni that include 34 past or present prime ministers, presidents or premiers.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Baroness Shami Chakrabarti CBE – Shadow Attorney General and former Director of Liberty (2003−2016).
  • Yvette Cooper MP – Chair, Home Affairs Select Committee.
  • Christiana Figueres − former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (2010−2016).
  • Justice Anthony M Kennedy – Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1988–present.
  • Martin Lewis OBE − journalist, entrepreneur and campaigning broadcaster.
  • Professor Robert Mundell − economist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, 1999.
  • Professor Sir Christopher Pissarides − economist and joint winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, 2010.
  • Juan Manuel Santos − President of Colombia from 2010.
  • Dr Tsai Ing-wen − President of Taiwan from 2016.
  • José Viñals − Chairman of Standard Chartered PLC and former Financial Counsellor and Director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).


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