London School of Economics and Political Science

Postgraduate Study

  • LSE has developed a wide range of graduate programmes to fulfil your needs whether you intend to pursue a career in industry, business, government, NGOs or academia.
  • It is also possible to join LSE for short periods as a visiting research student or whilst working, through an executive master’s degree.

What do Postgraduate Students Study?

The 6,185 postgraduate students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Mode of study

  • Full Time 93%
  • Part Time 7%


  • UK 19%
  • EU 25%
  • Other 56%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Social studies 356 2748 3104
Business & administrative studies 36 1350 1386
Law 29 437 466
Historical & philosophical studies 65 358 423
Mass communications & documentation 19 245 264
Mathematical sciences 34 230 264
Biological sciences 18 133 151
Computer science 14 79 93
Physical sciences 0 28 28
Architecture, building & planning 0 7 7

Subject Areas

  • Subject areas cover the full range of social sciences at the school.
  • A comprehensive list of programmes can be found on our website.

Postgraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Postgraduate Fees and Funding

The following are the typical annual course fees for postgraduate students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £9,936–31,608
Mixed -
Laboratory -
Clinical -

Bursaries and Scholarships

LSE provides generous financial support for its graduate students from the UK, EU and overseas. The main financial aid package are:

  • LSE Graduate Support Scheme for master’s students
  • Scholarships for master’s students
  • LSE PhD Studentships
  • Research Council awards
  • Partnered awards with international funding agencies


  • LSE accommodation is available for graduate students.

Facilities and Support for Postgraduate Students

  • LSE’s PhD Academy is a dedicated space and services hub for doctoral candidates.
  • The school places doctoral candidates at the heart of its research culture and community, with doctoral programmes designed to nurture the next generation of influential scholars, policy makers and leaders.