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The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the foremost social science universities in the world.



LSE's history 

Find out more about LSE's unique history, from its foundation in 1895 to the present day.

Key facts and statistics

LSE is a specialist university with an international intake and a global reach. Its research and teaching span the full breadth of the social sciences, from economics, politics and law to sociology, anthropology, accounting and finance. Founded in 1895, the School has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence. 16 Nobel prize winners have been LSE staff or alumni.

League tables

LSE frequently appears in the top reaches of international and national league tables, and has been ranked London’s top university for three years in a row.

LSE Strategy 2020 

What will LSE look like in five years’ time? It looks like LSE – but with evermore dynamic educational programmes, an improved campus, and the funding to support pathbreaking research.

Introduction to the Directorate
Meet the LSE interim Director, Professor Julia Black, and the Directorate team.