Choosing your courses

 Course guides

The undergraduate course guides represent the 300+ courses available in the current academic year. General Course students may study any combination of undergraduate courses, and you should look at the guides in detail before deciding on your courses.

When looking at the course guides you will notice that some courses are designated with (H) or “half-unit”. These courses only count for half a unit so you will need to take two of these in place of one of the year-long courses. Typically, teaching for these courses takes place only in one term, Michaelmas or Lent. 

When choosing your courses, you should pay attention to the following course information:

Course Level

There are three levels for undergraduate courses at LSE, designated 100, 200 and 300 level:

  • 100 level courses are introductory courses suitable for students with no previous undergraduate study in the subject. These are typically taken by LSE students in their first yearof study.
  • 200 level courses are intermediate courses broadly equivalent to junior year courses in the US. These are typically taken byLSE students in their second and final years.
  • 300 level courses are advanced courses equivalent to senior year or master’s courses in the US. These are typically takenby LSE students in their final year.


In selecting your courses, you should be aware of any pre-requisites in order to be eligible to enrol. In addition, because of the tightly constrained nature of degree regulations atLSE, many 300 level courses have ‘unspoken’ or ‘assumed ’pre-requisites where the material covered in 200 level courses is simply taken as a ‘given’ starting point for the 300 level course.

This means that General Course students predominantly take 200 level courses, and we do not usually recommend that students take more than one or two 300 level courses as they are exceptionally demanding.

Permissions and 'capped' courses

Some courses require you to obtain the permission of the Course Coordinator in order to enrol on them. This can only be obtained once you have arrived at LSE in late September.

A small number of courses are listed as “not available to General Course students”. Please do not select any of these courses as you will be asked to change them at a later date.

Some departments have capped courses, which means that places will be limited. On the LSE for You course choice system these courses are labelled as ‘capped’. These courses are offered on a first come first served basis and as soon as the number of students registered reaches the capped number, the status of these courses will change to “full” and no one else will be able to select them.

If you are considering studying economics at LSE, please read the course selection notes in our guide