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Overview of LSE graduate destinations

LSE Careers surveys all LSE graduates six months after graduation on behalf of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).  All LSE graduates are contacted and asked to participate in this survey, which is called Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE).  All UK universities must take part in the DLHE survey, and the results feed into a number of different places, including university league tables and the Unistats websites.

LSE Careers also runs an annual survey to see what our graduates are doing three years after leaving the School - the class of 2010 were surveyed in 2013, and so on. Unlike the DLHE survey, LSE's own longitudinal survey is not a comparative study against all UK universities - it is for our research purposes only.  For the most recent version of HESA's national longitudinal survey, please see their 2009 summary.

  • 90.5% of leavers from 2013/14 were in work or study six months after graduation
  • The top four types of employers for LSE graduates are from: Banking and Finance, Research and Education, Politics and Government and the Consultancy sector
  • 25% of LSE undergraduates & 10% of postgraduates were pursuing further study after graduating from LSE
  • Our most recent average starting salary was £26,400 for undergraduates and £33,100 for postgraduates – well above the national averages

Top employment sectors after six months

Overall DLHE sectors
Sector % of graduates
Banking & finance 16.1%
Government & Politics 13.4%
Consultancy 10.4%
Education & Teaching 10.3%
Accounting & Auditing 7%
NGOs, Charities & Development 7%
Law & Legal services 4.3%
Research 4.1%
Information & digital technology 3.6%
Media, publishing & journalism 3.3%
Advertising, marketing & PR 2.6%
Other 17.9%

For details of what graduates do on a departmental or course level, visit our interactive destinations by course site.

LSE members of staff can see detailed destinations results in our staff portal.

LSE’s longitudinal surveys have shown that longer term unemployment after studying at LSE is extremely low. In the past 3 surveys, unemployment rates three years after graduation have ranged between 1.3% and 3%.

Average salaries three years after graduating

Disclosing salary information is not compulsory on the longitudinal survey.  Because LSE students go on to work around the world in a variety of sectors, from field work for charities in third world countries to hedge funds, salaries vary wildly - from £1000 p/a to £800,000!

Below are the median salaries of all those who responded to the survey as employed, by year group:

  • Class of 2008:  £39,600
  • Class of 2009:  £38,000
  • Class of 2010:  £46,000

National average:  £24,000 (last released 2012)