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London School of Economics and Political Science

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is consistently ranked one of the foremost social science universities in the world. With an international intake and reach, global engagement is at the heart of LSE's teaching and research mission for its students and staff. From a well-connected central London campus, LSE runs one of the world's most extensive and distinguished university public lecture series.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Specialist
Specialist

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

UCAS Code: L72

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.

Student Statistics

Student population

Small
<5,000
Medium
5–10,000
Large
10–25,000
Largest
>25,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 42%
  • Postgraduate 58%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 96%
  • Part Time 4%

Where students come from

  • UK 32%
  • EU 18%
  • Other 50%

Student gender

  • Male 46%
  • Female 54%

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

Libraries and Information Services

  • 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. Holding over four million print items (including government publications and statistics) and over 60,000 e-books it also provides access to over 100,000 electronic journals and a wide range of datasets.
  • The award-winning Lionel Robbins building offers over 2,300 study places in silent and group areas, some of which are available for advance student booking. There are over 450 networked PCs, laptop points, 120 i-Roam laptops for loan and wireless Internet access (eduroam).
  • IT includes the use of Moodle online learning platform for the majority of taught programmes, with resources including audio and video files, lecture slides, links to recordings of lectures and reading lists. IT support is provided via phone, remote support and face-to-face interactions at a walk-in centre; a laptop surgery is offered for the support of personal IT devices. Open access student IT facilities on campus include traditional PC rooms and more innovative collaborative study spaces.

Student jobs

  • LSE Careers advertises and actively seeks a wide range of part-time jobs, both on and off-campus 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.

Careers advice

  • LSE Careers provides a varied and comprehensive careers guidance and employment service for students and alumni including one-to-one appointments, CV and application feedback, employer presentations, careers fairs and events. LSE Careers also provides bespoke services for students with disabilities and PhD students, including dedicated careers consultants.
  • Students and alumni can access a range of resources to support their career planning including practice case studies and tests, sector-specific advice and guidance on finding roles internationally.
  • The LSE Volunteer Centre sources and advertises a wide range of one-off and ongoing volunteering opportunities, offering students guidance on choosing and searching for a suitable role.

Health services

  • Guidance on eligibility for National Health Service (NHS) treatment, registering with a doctor, and the different types of NHS services available to students, can be found on the university website.
  • Students may wish to register with the St Philips Medical Centre within the campus; they are also able to offer urgent appointments to students who are unregistered.
  • For urgent care such as minor injuries, infections and sickness or emergency contraception, a local NHS centre is a 20-minute walk away at Frith Street, open 8am–8pm on weekdays and 10am–8pm at weekends.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • 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

  • 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. Working collaboratively with peers from across the school, 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

  • With 300 or more clubs and societies from dance to drama, beekeeping to basketball, Pulse Radio to United Nations, there is something for everyone at the LSESU.
  • For students with a great idea, LSESU has numerous funding pots to bring ideas to life.
  • LSESU also has a flourishing campaigns network where students can lobby LSE to make positive change. Students can also become a student leader by running in elections which take place twice a year.

History

  • LSE opened in 1895, an era of social reform in the UK. It was founded by four 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 Students' Union was formed in 1897 and its home is now the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, which has won multiple awards for its sustainability and design.
  • So far, LSE's alumni include over 30 past or present heads of state, while 18 alumni or staff have been Nobel Prize winners.

Fascinating Fact

  • LSE has been awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for higher and further education three times – most recently in 2017, for the work of the LSE Cities research centre on training, research and policy formulation for cities of the future and a new generation of urban leaders around the world.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Yvette Cooper MP – chair of the Home Affairs select committee.
  • Christiana Figueres − former executive secretary of the United Nations framework convention on climate change.
  • Anthony M Kennedy – former senior associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • Martin Lewis, OBE − journalist, entrepreneur and campaigning broadcaster.
  • Professor Robert Mundell − economist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics.
  • Professor Sir Christopher Pissarides − economist and joint winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics.
  • Ruth Porat – chief financial officer of Alphabet/Google
  • Juan Manuel Santos − president of Colombia.
  • Dr Tsai Ing-wen − president of Taiwan.
  • José Viñals – group chair of Standard Chartered PLC and former financial counsellor and director within the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Address

LSE, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE