We are ranked 4th in the UK in the latest Guardian subject tables. This follows success in the QS World University rankings, which put the Department 2nd internationally. We are ranked 7th in the Complete University Guide subject tables. A range of measures contribute to the rankings, including student satisfaction, academic reputation and career prospects.
You will be taught by lecturers who are at the cutting edge of research. We were rated 1st in the UK for quality of published research (output) in the latest government-sponsored Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). Further testament to the calibre of the Department’s research, and its real world policy relevance, is the fact that our staff provide advice to governments, international organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Students work with world class experts who bring unique insights from the latest research to their teaching.
Emphasis on teaching quality
We place special importance on the quality of our students’ learning experience. A particular feature of our teaching programme is its emphasis on the development of transferrable skills – such as data analysis, team work and presentation skills. You will also receive regular support from a dedicated academic advisor (who is a staff member in the Department) throughout your studies.
Outstanding career prospects
Graduates have an excellent track record of employment. The most recent available data shows that our undergraduates achieved an average starting salary of £27,000, with over 92% employed or continuing education within 6 months of graduation.
Facilities for you
Students have their own quiet study room and common room – both located in the Department. You will enjoy access to one of the largest libraries in the world devoted to the economic and social sciences, the LSE Library, together with its extensive range of electronic learning resources, and the award-winning Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.
LSE is centrally located in one of the world’s truly global cities. The City – financial heart of London - the historic Inns of Court, and Westminster are all on our doorstep, providing opportunities for internships/future career pathways. Countless cultural venues are all within walking distance and our Halls of Residence are located in some of the most exciting areas of London, including Covent Garden, Bloomsbury and Trafalgar Square.
Public lecture programme
LSE attracts many high-profile external speakers including policy makers and political leaders from around the globe. Public lectures are free and open to all, and many are on subjects that are of direct relevance to students with an interest in geography, environment and development. Past speakers include Kofi Annan, Tony Blair, Angelina Jolie, Bill Clinton, Milton Friedman, Nelson Mandela, Noam Chomsky, George Soros, Ben Bernanke and Jeffrey Sachs along with many others.
The LSE student population is a vibrant and cosmopolitan community with about half of all students coming from outside the UK. Our existing students tell us that they gain a great deal from studying alongside, and learning from, individuals from a wide range of nationalities, cultures and backgrounds.