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London School of Economics and Political Science

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The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is a world class centre for its concentration of teaching and research across the full range of the social, political and economic sciences. Founded in 1895 by Beatrice and Sidney Webb, LSE has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence.


LSE is an unusual university. Few university institutions in the world are as international. The study of social, economic and political problems covers not only the UK and European Union, but also countries of every continent. From its foundation LSE has aimed to be a laboratory of the social sciences, a place where ideas are developed, analysed, evaluated and disseminated around the globe.


Set up to improve society and to "understand the causes of things", LSE has always put engagement with the wider world at the heart of its mission. From its location in the heart of London, the School links communities across the world, from formal academic partnerships to advisory work with governments and international organisations.


In 2008 LSE's outstanding success in the Research Assessment Exercise confirmed it as a world leading research university. The School had the highest percentage of world leading research of any university in the UK, topping or coming close to the top of a number of rankings of research excellence.

  • Asia Research Centre
  • Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
  • Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP)
  • Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
  • Centre for Macroeconomics
  • Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS)
  • Centre for the Analysis of Time Series (CATS)
  • Centre for the Study of Human Rights


LSE Careers is here to help guide you through the careers maze with a comprehensive range of careers and employment services.They offer careers events, a vacancy board, one-to-one appointments and practice interviews, advice about further study, support if you'd like to set up your own business, and numerous online resources.LSE Careers is open all summer, offering one-to-one appointments and events during the Summer Term They will also have an information stand set up outside on the SAW plaza during lunchtime on Tuesdays all Summer Term. Come and ask us any of your career or volunteering questions and grab some resources to help you with your job applications.

Short Courses

Social Sciences (64)
Business & Management (51)

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Student services

  • Student support and services
LSE provides a range of support services on campus to ensure that the whole student experience is as rewarding and enjoyable as possible.
  • Student Services Centre
The Student Services Centre (SSC) is your first port of call for all sorts of information relating to your registration and student record. Many offices have drop in sessions where you can get face to face advice, including both Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions.
  • Disabled students and students with a long-term medical condition or dyslexia
Prospective students are encouraged to make early contact with the Disability and Well-being Office and, where possible, make a preliminary visit to the School.

Housing services

The LSE residential services office allocates over 4000 places across 17 locations in the centre of London. This gives you unique access to a broad variety of student rooms that suit different preferences, needs and budgets.What's on offer? Great value rooms, with or without en suite, shared rooms and studios. Utility bills, internet access and content insurance are included. You'll save on travel costs, as most residences are within walking distance of LSE. Contracts are available on a 31, 38, 40 or 50 week basis, with catered and self-catered options. They give priority to students with disabilities.

Library services

The Library collects material on a worldwide basis. The extensive collections range from a European Documentation Centre to 90,000 historical pamphlets, with over 95 per cent of Library stock available on open access. 50 kilometres of shelving - enough to stretch the length of the Channel Tunnel! - accommodate over four million printed items including 31,000 past and present journal titles.

ICT services

IT Services provides the services, facilities, support and training to support the teaching, learning, research and administrative activities of the School.

Medical services

A Medical Centre is situated at LSE which provides a full NHS services to registered patients and medical care to anyone who becomes ill or needs medical advice while at the LSE campus.Overseas students on full-time courses lasting six months or longer are eligible to use the National Health Service on the same terms as UK residents. Others are advised to maintain private insurance.

Campus life

The student community at LSE is one of the most internationally diverse in the world, with students from 145 countries living and studying on campus. The School's students are drawn from all over the world, and from all social, educational and ethnic backgrounds. This mix encourages a truly global and international approach to intellectual discovery and academic life at LSE, which cannot be matched elsewhere.The total student population at LSE is around 8,600 full time and 800 part time, 55 per cent of whom are studying at postgraduate level.

Sports facilities

  • LSE Students' Union gym
  • LSE Students' Union activity studio
  • LSE badminton court
  • LSE gym/activity studio
  • LSE Sportsground
  • Gymbox
  • DW Sports Fitness gym and swimming pool
  • Lincoln's Inn Fields netball and tennis courts
  • Oasis Sports Centre
  • University of London Union (ULU) gym and swimming pool

Student clubs

  • LSE Student Counselling Service
This is a free and confidential service for all LSE students, which aims to help you cope more effectively with any personal or study related difficulties. The Student Counselling Service web page has further information and links to self-help websites for students.
  • LSE Students' Union Advice and Counselling Service
Professional advisers in the SU offer help for students with legal, financial and welfare issues.The SU advisers can help with a range of issues including landlord and tenant contracts; immigration, including student visa extensions; post study work visas, academic appeals, and general welfare advice.

LSE has been awarded the 'HR excellence in research' badge from the European Commission. This acknowledges our alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment. All UK HEIs are eligible for this award.

In 2013, LSE became only the second HEI to sign the Living Wage Accreditation Licence Agreement.

London, England, United Kingdom


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