London School of Economics and Political Science

  • Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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  • Student Satisfaction
    Student Satisfaction

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

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    3.75 / 5.00
  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

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

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    3.35 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity
    Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the University.

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    0.85 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects
    Graduate Prospects

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

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    84.4 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio
    Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    86.1 / 100.0
  • 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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    95.4 / 100.0

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is a specialist university founded in 1895 for the advanced study of the social sciences. The LSE now has an international intake and global reach, with research and teaching spanning the full breadth of the social sciences. Subjects pioneered at LSE include anthropology, criminology, international relations, social psychology and sociology. Located in the heart of central London, LSE's departments and institutes are concentrated on one campus, with excellent communication and travel links and 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, irrespective of background.
  • Excellent grades at A level (including A* for some subjects) are required in traditional academic subjects, along with good GCSE grades. The standard minimum A level entry requirements range from AAB to A*AA.
  • LSE continues to use AS grades (and in some cases the associated UMS scores) in admissions assessments, seeing AS levels as an effective indicator of performance at undergraduate level. It is recommended that where possible, students sit AS level examinations at the end of year 12, although no student will be disadvantaged through being unable to take AS levels.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Bronze is awarded to institutions that deliver teaching, learning and outcomes for their students that meet "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Teaching Methods

  • Teaching and assessment are underpinned by individual and group support from academic advisers and supervisors.
  • Challenging, research-led teaching is delivered via a combination of lectures and classes or seminars. The teaching method used is largely determined by the size of the programme and the nature of the subject covered in a particular course.
  • All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed: this helps to prepare students for summative assessments that count towards the course mark and degree award. LSE uses a range of formative assessment, such as essays, problem sets, case studies, reports, quizzes, mock exams and many others.
  • Summative assessment may be conducted during the course or by final examination at the end of the course. Other types of summative assessment may include dissertations, essays, group projects, reports, presentations or take home assessments.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • For 2017 entry there are 38 undergraduate programmes, many of which allow the combination of different social science subjects; 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.

Student Services and Facilities

  • LSE Library is the major international library for the social sciences with over 4 million printed items, 60,000 e-books and 108,000 e-journals, alongside digitised collections in LSE Digital Library. The library also holds The Women’s Library, the oldest and most extensive collection of women's history in Europe.
  • LSE Library is one of 5 HEFCE recognised National Research Libraries in the UK; unusually for a university, the collection carries Designated Status by the Arts Council England, as being of outstanding national and international importance.
  • There are over 500 PCs available for study in the library, and a laptop loan scheme, IRoam, available to students and staff for use within the library building.

Disability Services

  • 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.
  • Please refer to the university website for further information.

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 vibrant and has a 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, 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 Guidance

  • LSE Careers provides a varied and comprehensive careers guidance and employment service for students including 1-to-1 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.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 45%
  • Postgraduate 55%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 96%
  • Part Time 4%

Where students come from

  • UK 34%
  • EU 17%
  • Other 49%

Student gender

  • Male 48%
  • Female 52%


  • 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.
  • LSE has produced over 37 world leaders and heads of state, 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.
  • Alumni include 16 Nobel Prize winners in economics, peace and literature.

Notable Alumni

  • Dr Tsai Ing-wen − President of Taiwan from 2016.
  • Supreme Court Justice Anthony M Kennedy − Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1988–present.
  • Juan Manuel Santos − President of Colombia from 2010.
  • Professor Robert Mundell − Economist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, 1999.
  • Professor Sir Christopher Pissarides − Economist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics (jointly), 2010.
  • Dame Nemat (Minouche) Shafik, DBE − former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science (from September 2017).
  • Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, CBE − Labour Peer and former Director of Liberty (2003−2016).
  • Christiana Figueres − former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (2010−2016).
  • 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).
  • Martin Lewis, OBE − Journalist, entrepreneur and campaigning broadcaster.

Further Details

Address LSE
Houghton Street
UCAS Code L72