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Undergraduate programmes and courses

Introductory study of the subject of Government commences with a course in Political Science and a course in the History of Political Theory. These courses are introductory in the sense that they presume no prior knowledge of the subject. The course on political science covers the main forms of state and regime, followed by the theory and institutional arrangements of democracy. The introduction to political theory covers the basic foundations of western political thought, followed by modern political theory. Advanced study comprises a broad range of courses in Comparative Politics, European Politics, Public Policy analysis and Political Theory. There are some opportunities to take "outside options", that is subjects taught in departments other than those involved in the main degree.

How to apply

For further information about how to apply, please contact Undergraduate Admissions who manage the application process:

Every undergraduate student is charged a fee for each year of his or her course. Please consult the LSE table of fees| for up to date fee information.

Careers and Employability

Studying within the Government department you will have the opportunity to develop specific subject knowledge alongside a set of highly valuable and transferable employability skills, including:

  • effective written and verbal communication skills in order to present opinions and conclusions
  • the ability to interpret and present statistical or numerical information
  • the ability to work independently and collaborate with others to achieve common goals
  • strong research skills with the ability to gather, organise and analyse information from a variety of secondary and primary sources in order to construct reasoned arguments
  • encouraging particular skills which can be appropriate to a range of business and professional roles
  • investigating problems and exercising critical judgement when formulating and advocating solutions
  • becoming adept at managing your own learning self-critically and using feedback constructively

In 2011/12, 93.9% of recent undergraduate leavers from the Department of Government were in employment, completing further study or taking time out just six months after graduation.

Unsurprisingly, the top employment sector for all Government graduates was regional and national government. Many graduates found positions within UK government departments whilst LSE Government graduates can also be found working within the Japanese, South Korean, Czech, US and Dominican Republic governments.

Other popular employment sectors included:

  • media and publishing
  • NGOs and development work
  • consultancy, and
  • banking and accounting

Meanwhile, a significant proportion of leavers chose to continue their studies at LSE, pursuing postgraduate courses in comparative politics, public and economic policy, and the theory and history of international relations.

Other graduates opted to transfer the skills developed as a Government graduate to other disciplines and were studying for vocational qualifications such as the Graduate Diploma in Law and Postgraduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism.

The average starting salary of graduates from the Government department in 2011/12 was £28,600 for undergraduates.

For further information on graduate destinations, please visit LSE Careers|.

Further information

For further information about undergraduate courses please contact Declan Mullan,  Undergraduate Programme Administrator (Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7955 7909, E-mail: Gov.Undergraduate_Admin@lse.ac.uk).

Information for current students

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions| section for departmental information and guidelines on course selection, outside options, degree transfers, timetable clashes and related information.