The London School of Economics and Political Science
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The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is regarded as an international centre of academic excellence and innovation in the social sciences. LSE was founded in 1895 and joined the University of London in 1900.
In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), LSE is shown as the top university in the UK based on the proportion of ‘world-leading’ (4*) research produced.
LSE is also the joint second ranking university in the UK overall, when considering research outputs, research impact and research environment. 58 per cent of LSE’s research was judged to be world-leading (4*) and 35 per cent was deemed to be internationally excellent (3*). More About LSE in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)
The School’s academic profile spans a broad range of social sciences and is renowned for studying real world issues, from economics, politics and law to sociology, anthropology, accounting and finance.
LSE offers 40 Bachelor’s degree programmes, over 140 taught Master’s and Diploma programmes, and PhD opportunities across the social sciences. Teaching and research are conducted through 25 Departments and Institutes and 23 Research Centres.
The University of London offers more than 30 distance learning undergraduate qualifications in finance and social science related disciplines that receive academic direction from LSE.
LSE is also part of a consortium of member institutions that provides academic direction for distance learning LLB and CertHE Common Law programmes. LSE is ranked sixth in the current QS World Rankings(External website) for law.
LSE has students from over 160 countries worldwide making the School a very international and cosmopolitan institution in which to study and their central location offers easy access to the vast cultural and social life that London has to offer.
Alumni and former staff include 18 Nobel Prize winners in Economics, Peace or Literature
The School regularly attracts leading public figures to give lectures, attend seminars and consult staff.
Graduates can be found in senior positions in organisations and government worldwide. Alumni and former staff include 18 Nobel Prize winners in Economics, Peace or Literature and 36 past or present Heads of State.
LSE alumni benefit from bespoke careers services, a mentoring network, events and their Leadership Series - livestreamed lectures with the world’s thought leaders.
LSE also hosts prestigious Summer school(External website) which are regularly attended by students from the University of London.
Scholarships are available to attend the session in London, while other July programmes are available in Beijing and Cape Town, South Africa