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Information for prospective students

Considering a programme at LSE? We're here to help guide you through the process.

Our programmes

The Department of Finance offers teaching at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Our programmes offer students an opportunity to study with internationally acknowledged researchers in the subject areas. Students take courses that examine the theory and practice of many aspects of finance that are key to understanding how financial institutions and markets operate around the world.

Find details of all programmes and teaching available including our Executive programmes.

Master's programmes

Our summary table helps find out which programme is right for you. Details on; programme duration, academic and additional requirements, student profile and fees.

MSc Programme summary table (pdf)

Graduate admissions

If you are thinking about applying or have already started an application and need more information then see the LSE Graduate Admissions Office.

To get you started the LSE have put together a complete guide to help with the most common tasks for applicants

Your application

All applications must be made online via the Graduate Admissions Office, which fully explains what you will be required to provide and how to complete your application.

You will be required to provide:

  • Application fee
  • Personal statement (There is no word limit, although 2-3 sides of A4 is a guide)
  • Transcripts of all degrees and any relevant professional exams to date
  • Minimum of two references.

    a) If you graduated within the last 5 years and are applying to a full-time MSc: minimum of two academic references required.

    b) If you graduated 5-10 years ago or are applying to the part-time MSc: minimum of one academic reference and either an academic or professional reference.

    c) If you graduated 10+ years ago: a minimum or two references, professional or academic.
  • Additionally, you may be required to apply with a Graduate Record Examiniation (GRE) or a Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). Read more 

International students

No one is required to apply with an English Language score, but you may be required to submit one if you are made an offer. Read more

Global equivalents to a 2.1 undergraduate degree in the British university system can be found in the LSE's information for international students.

Important information if you are applying to MSc Finance (Full-time) or MSc Finance and Private Equity

The MSc Finance (Full-time) and the MSc Finance and Private Equity are identical programmes with the exception of one exclusive, mandatory, half-unit course in Private Equity which is available to MSc Finance and Private Equity students only, and in which those students must do their dissertation.

Therefore applicants should not select one of these programmes as their 1st course choice and the other as their 2nd course choice. Applicants should select their preferred programme only. If the MSc Finance and Private Equity is your preferred option you should demonstrate why you are particularly suitable for, and want to study, Private Equity.

Student Fees, Funding and Scholarships

Each year, LSE awards around £4 million in scholarships and financial support to its undergraduate students. In addition to LSE's own funds, students may be able to access scholarships and financial support from governments and agencies around the world. Guide to tuition fees and finanical support

Financial Scholarships

The Department of Finance offers a number of scholarships. For the most appropriate and relevant resources, see our scholarship page.

Your visa

The International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT) are a dedicated team to help and advise you. Read more. 

Your career in Finance

Department of Finance Graduate Prospects

Graduates of the Department have excellent career prospects relative to their peers. All of our MSc programmes prepare students for a range of careers in investment banking, consulting and the wider financial services sector, as can be seen in the Department of Finance Employment Report

Recent salary data shows that 6 months after graduation Department of Finance students achieved an average starting salary of over £40,800 and that 91.5% were engaged in employment, further education or taking time out. These statistics are taken from the DLHE (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education) survey, overseen by the Higher Education Statistics Agency for the UK Government and sample at least 80% of UK graduates and at least 50% of non-UK graduates. 

In addition to the internationally recognised research environment and academic rigour of its teaching programmes, a great advantage of studying at LSE is the reputation it holds amongst employers for producing high level graduates. Both the LSE Careers Service and the Department of Finance aim to help its students be as successful as possible on the job market once they graduate from the programme.

LSE Careers Service

The Career's service is an extensive resource available to LSE students and alumni. Once registered as an LSE student you will be able to access the variety of resources and services it provides. These include careers fairs, company presentations, interview and application skills sessions, personal careers meetings, CV checking and advice sessions.  LSE Careers Service

LSE attracts a large number of recruiters, whom, in many cases, actively target our students and only choose to visit certain university campuses. During the Michaelmas Term it is likely that there could be a careers presentation or event that you wish to attend every day of the week! 

Professional Development Programme

The Finance department runs an extensive Professional Development programme to support and prepare students to enter the job market.

Careers support begins from day one of the pre-sessional course in September and continues throughout the year with specialist one to one support and group sessions. Read more