The London School of Economics and Political Science

Founded in 1895, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is regarded as an international centre of academic excellence and innovation in the social sciences. The 2008 HEFCE Research Assessment Exercise confirmed LSE as a world leading research university.

The School had the highest percentage of world leading research of any UK university, topping or coming close to the top of a number of rankings of research excellence.

LSE academics act as advisers to governments, serve on commissions and are seconded to national and international organisations. The School regularly attracts leading public figures to give lectures, attend seminars and consult staff – recent high profile visitors have included Peter Mandelson, Professor Noam Chomsky and Professor Paul Krugman. LSE‘s central location offers easy access to the vast cultural and social life that London has to offer.

Why study with us?

The School’s academic profile spans the broad range of social sciences and is renowned for studying ‘real world’ issues. Its research and teaching span the full breadth of the social sciences; from economics, politics and law to sociology, anthropology, accounting and finance.

LSE offers 36 bachelor's degree programmes, over 140 taught Masters and Diploma programmes, and PhD opportunities across the social sciences. Teaching and research are conducted through 22 Departments/Institutes and 19 Research Centres.

LSE graduates are found in senior positions in organisations and government worldwide. Alumni and former staff include 16 Nobel Prize winners in Economics, Peace or Literature and 35 past or present Heads of State.

LSE has students from over 150 countries worldwide making the School a very international and cosmopolitan institution in which to study.


LSE’s Library is one of the largest libraries in the world devoted to the economic and social sciences. There is accommodation for around 3,400 students with all first year undergraduates guaranteed a place. Support services include Counselling Service; Medical Service; Chaplaincy; Nursery; and Careers Service.

The LSE Students’ Union supports over 160 student societies and runs a Student Advice Service, shop, café and bars.

Contact Office

Student Recruitment Office


Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE


+44 (0) 20 7955 6613



Number of students

Total 10,178
Undergraduate 4,266
Postgraduate 5,912
International 7,301

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