University profile

The London School of Economics and Political Science

2023/24 edition

About The London School of Economics and Political Science

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) offers you the opportunity to study the social sciences in an institution with a worldwide academic reputation, while enjoying the cultural, social and recreational facilities of one of the world’s greatest capital cities.

The School is a place of genuine intellectual excitement and cutting-edge research. In the most recent national Research Excellence Framework (REF) we had the highest percentage of world-leading research of any university in the United Kingdom.

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Graduate study

Our graduate programmes are designed for students who want to engage critically with their chosen discipline and apply their learning to real world situations. Our programmes are shaped to equip you, professionally and personally, for whatever you want to do afterwards.

You’ll be exposed to state-of-the-art social sciences research, and the very academics who have carried out that research. You’ll have the opportunity to pursue your interests in an intellectually stimulating and challenging environment.

Whichever programme you choose, you’ll have access to a range of support, both within your department and beyond, that will enable you to make the most of your LSE education and help you develop life-long skills and knowledge.

Student life

The character of LSE is inseparable from its location. Situated in central London, the School is located in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Only a short distance from Europe’s financial, legal and cultural centres, LSE stands at the crossroads of international debate. This is fundamental to our identity as an outward-looking institution with an active involvement in UK and world affairs.

Our student community is one of the most internationally diverse in the world, with students from over 140 countries registered each year. This mix encourages a truly international approach to intellectual discovery and academic life which cannot be matched elsewhere.

The School has one of the most prestigious public events programmes in the world. Leading figures from all walks of life have spoken at LSE, including Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Amartya Sen, Christine Lagarde, Bill Gates, Helen Clark and George Soros.

Financial support

LSE offers generous financial support to its postgraduate students each year. Awards range from a contribution to tuition fees to full coverage of all expenses.


A degree from LSE is widely recognised throughout the world. The school has produced over 37 world leaders and heads of state, 18 Nobel Prize Winners, and a host of alumni who are well known nationally and internationally.

Many leading organisations give careers presentations at the school during the year, and LSE Careers has a wide range of resources available to assist you in your job search. Find out more about the support available to students through LSE careers.

How to apply

Applications can be submitted online from mid-October in the year prior to entry and are considered on a rolling basis until all the available places are filled.

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