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Entry requirements

Application for admission to the General Course may be made by students who meet our minimum entry criteria for length of study, average or cumulative grade and academic background. 

You may need to also take an English Language test.

Length of study

Applicants should usually have completed at least two years of study at an overseas university by the time they begin studying at the School.

However, we will also consider, on a case-by-case basis, applications from students who have directly entered the second year of university on the basis of A levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Students undertaking a degree through the University of London International Programmes with LSE as the lead college are also eligible for entry after just one year of study. 

Students who have directly entered their second year on the basis of Advanced Placement exams will not normally be considered for a place. 

Average or cumulative grade

We positively welcome good applicants from any university in any country (except the UK), and will consider applications from students at institutions using any grading scale.

In general, we are looking for students who are in the top 10-15% of their class. If your country's entry requirements are not listed below, please consult the graduate entry requirements listed on these country pages. Your average cumulative grade should be the same as these. 

Brazil

Studying towards the Licenciado or Bacharel with a minimum overall/average mark of 8/10. Where a national rating system is used we require an average of B+ (closer to A than B).

China

Studying towards a bachelor's degree with an overall mark of 85 per cent from applicants who have attended one of the top 35 universities in China, with all other applicants required to obtain a mark of at least 90 per cent.

France

Studying towards the Licence or Diplôme, or at a Grande Ecole with average grades of 13.5/20.

Germany

Studying towards a  Bachelor’s degree from a recognised Universität or Fachhochschule with a minimum overall grade of 2.0 (German grading system).

Hong Kong

Studying towards a bachelor's (honours) degree at a 2:1 classification level or GPA of 3.3/4.0.

Japan

Studying towards a bachelor's degree (Gakushi, four-six years) from a prestigious university with an overall mark of 80%, B+ or a GPA of 3.5/4. Applicants from a non-prestigious university can be considered with a mark of 89% or an overall A or a GPA of 3.9/4.

Norway

Studying towards a bachelor's degree with grades of B/Very Good.

Singapore

Studying towards a bachelor’s (honours) degree from a public university or a recognised private institution (or bachelor's if studying at Singapore Management University and Singapore University of Technology and Design) with an overall average of a 2:1, a GPA of 3.5/4.0 or CAP of 4.0/5.0.

Switzerland

Studying towards a bachelor's degree, Diplom/Diplome, Lizentiat/Licence or Staatsdiplom/Diplôme d'Etat, or for German based degrees a Vorlizentiat/Vordiplom. We require grades of 2.0/5, 5.0/6 or 8.0/10.

USA

USA:  Applicants who wish to study quantitative subjects, such as Economics, Finance, Mathematics and Statistics, should have a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5/4.0, or equivalent. 

Applicants who wish to study only qualitative subjects, such as Geography, Government or Sociology, should have a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.3/4.0, or equivalent.

Academic Background

We look in detail at each applicant's recent university academic record, at what subjects have been studied and the level of success in those studies. We are primarily interested in a student's academic work in social science subjects and will be especially interested in the quality of work in the fields which they might wish to pursue at LSE.

English proficiency

English language test scores are not required from applicants who are either:

  • a national of Canada (whose first language is English)
  • a national of one of the UKVI list of majority English-speaking countries
  • studying for a degree taught entirely in English in one of the UKVI list of majority English-speaking countries

UKVI list of majority English-speaking countries

UKVI list of majority English-speaking countries
Antigua & Barbuda   Grenada  St Lucia
 Australia Guyana  St Vincent & the Grenadines
 The Bahamas   Ireland  Trinidad & Tobago
 Barbados  Jamaica  UK
 Belize  New Zealand  US
 Dominica  St Kitts & Nevis  

If you do not meet the above requirements, we accept a number of English language test scores, including the following: 

  Qualification

 Requirement

 Validity

Cambridge C1 Advanced  (CAE)

185 points overall and 
a minimum of 185 points 
in each component
(in one exam sitting only)

Forever

Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE)

185 points overall and 
a minimum of 185 points 
in each component
(in one exam sitting only)

Forever

IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) Academic

7.0 overall and 7.0 in each component 
(in one exam sitting only)

2 years prior to start of your programme 
(1 September)

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 

69 overall with 69 in each component
(in one exam sitting only)

2 years prior to start of your programme 
(1 September)

TOEFL iBT (Internet based test)

100 overall, with a minimum of: 

27 in Writing
25 in Reading
24 in Listening
24 in Speaking 

(in one exam sitting only)

2 years prior to start of your programme
(1 September)

Other tests under the English language requirements section of the undergraduate entry requirements may be acceptable if you have already taken them.

Please note: You do not need to have obtained the required marks before you apply. If you receive an offer it will be conditional upon you subsequently providing an acceptable English language test score.