London School of Economics

London, England


The London School of Economics (officially The London School of Economics and Political Science, often referred to as the LSE) is a public research university located in London, England, and a constituent college of the federal University of London. Founded in 1895 by Fabian Society members Sidney Webb, Beatrice Webb, Graham Wallas, and George Bernard Shaw for the betterment of society, LSE joined the University of London in 1900 and established its first degree courses under the auspices of the University in 1901. The LSE started awarding its own degrees in 2008, prior to which it awarded degrees of the University of London.

LSE is located in Westminster, central London, near the boundary between Covent Garden and Holborn. The area is historically known as Clare Market. The LSE has more than 11,000 students and 3,300 staff, just under half of whom come from outside the UK. It had an income of £466.1 million  of which £39.6 million was from research grants. One hundred and fifty-five nationalities are represented amongst LSE’s student body. Despite its name, the school is organised into 25 academic departments and institutes which conduct teaching and research across a range of legal studies and social sciences.

LSE is a member of the Russell Group and is sometimes considered a part of the “Golden Triangle” of universities in south-east England. For the subject area of social science, LSE places second in the world in the QS Rankings, tenth in the THE Rankings, and eighth in the Academic Ranking of World Universities. LSE is ranked among the top fifteen universities nationally by all three UK tables, while internationally LSE is ranked in the top 50 by two of the three major global rankings. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the School had the highest proportion of world-leading research among research submitted of any British non-specialist university. The LSE is also a member of academic organisations such as the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the European University Association.

LSE has produced many notable alumni in the fields of law, history, economics, philosophy, psychology, business, literature, media and politics. Alumni and staff include 53 past or present heads of state or government and 20 members of the current British House of Commons. As of 2017, 26% (or 13 out of 49) of all the Nobel Prizes in Economics have been awarded or jointly awarded to LSE alumni, current staff or former staff, making up 16% (13 out of 79) of all laureates. LSE alumni and staff have also won 3 Nobel Peace Prizes and 2 Nobel Prizes in Literature. Out of all European universities, LSE has educated the most billionaires according to a 2014 global census of U.S dollar billionaires.

3 in League Table Ranking of The Complete University Guide
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver rating
Type University Public
Year Founded 1895
Size Medium
15,000 Students


3 years
Course Durations Available

TEF Rating

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK.

Courses Available

  • Accounting, Business, Management and Marketing
  • Foreign Studies (Language, Literature and Linguistics)
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Mathematics and Statistics


How to Apply?

Accepts UCAS

For International Students

7.0 Minimum IELTS Score
IELTS Requirement: Required
TOEFL, Cambridge English Scale Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)
Deadlines and Important Dates
Deadline of application via UCAS for majority of undergraduate courses

Cost and Scholarships

£ 27,000
Average Tuition Fee
(For International Students)

Types of Scholarships Available

Regional (EU and International)


Kadas Scholarship
Total Worth £15,000 per year for the duration of your undergraduate programme.
Eligibility and Requirements Eligible candidates must be a national of and domiciled in one of the following countries: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine
Available for International Students No
Application Deadline April 28
Pestalozzi International Village Trust Scholarship
Total Worth The value of this scholarship is to be confirmed and will contribute to tuition fees and living cost.
Eligibility and Requirements Applicant must be studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma at UWC Atlantic
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --
LSE Access to Education Undergraduate Scholarships
Total Worth cover tuition fees (either at the Home or Overseas rate) and living costs for the length of the undergraduate programme.
Eligibility and Requirements Students in one of the following categories are eligible for these scholarships: asylum seekers, children of asylum seekers or unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who are seeking asylum in the UK and who are holding an offer for an undergraduate place at LSE those who have been granted Refugee status or humanitarian protection, but do not have settled status in the UK, or their children, and who are holding an offer for an undergraduate place at LSE those who are resident in the UK with some form of limited leave to remain or temporary status, or their dependants if under 18, and who are holding an offer for an undergraduate place at LSE Priority will be given to those who are unable to access funding from Student Finance England (or its national equivalent In Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland), but each case will be assessed on need.
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --