A collage of images of LSE and its institutional partner UCT

Academic Partnership with UCT

LSE and the University of Cape Town became institutional partners in May 2010. Both institutions aim to form partnerships with a small number of high-quality universities across the world in order to broaden their academic reach by creating innovative opportunities for students and promoting world-class research dealing with problems and issues that are relevant on a national and international scale.

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LSE and UCT have complementary expertise and with strong track records in bridging research and policy communities. Both are located close to their national parliaments and produce evidence-based research that informs policy. The close relationship between LSE and UCT will allow for genuine, systematic and sustained institutional exchange and capacity development at both the intellectual and organisational levels.

LSE and UCT collaborate on a number of activities:

  • LSE-UCT July School
    This is an innovative two-week programme which provides students, graduates and professionals from across the globe an exciting new opportunity to study important social sciences issues relevant to Africa today. The first School took place in 2013 at the University of Cape Town.
  • PhD Student Exchanges
    Academics from both institutions undertake collaborative research in the areas of management, health, cities and constitutional law. PhD exchanges have also been set up to enable students from LSE and UCT to spend a term/semester at the other institution.
  • MSc/MA Global Media and Communications degree
    This unique two year programme, which was launched in 2017, enables students to study for one year at LSE in London, the UK’s media capital, and one year at the University of Cape Town (UCT) – the top-ranked university on the African continent with close links to Cape Town’s media and film industry and NGO sector.