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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 2012 were surveyed in 2015, 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 2010/11 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 the following industries:
    • banking and finance
    • research and education
    • politics and government
    • consultancy
  • 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 five surveys, unemployment rates three years after graduation have ranged between 1.3% and 3%.

  • 97% of leavers from the class of 2012 were in work or study three years after graduation
  • The top four types of employers for LSE graduates three years on are from the following industries:
    • politics and government
    • banking and finance
    • NGOs, charities and international development
    • consultancy

For more in depth information about what graduates do later on in their career, search our graduate profiles.