Programmes

BSc Management

  • Undergraduate
  • Department of Management
  • UCAS code N200
  • Starting 2018

BSc Management students acquire the skills needed to be effective managers. They learn how to understand organisations and management practice through the rigorous lenses of economics, psychology and sociology.

The curriculum focuses on critical thinking and problem solving, using logic and analysis. Students are encouraged to consider theory and evidence: "What data might support this claim?", “How can we evaluate whether the data do support this claim?”, "What are the unstated assumptions behind this statement?" This disciplinary training is complemented by a series of courses focusing on the key functions of the modern organisation, so that graduating students have good business sense alongside strong theoretical understanding.

The programme also develops practical management competence, including the ability to work in teams, to write clearly both for managerial and scientific purposes, to conduct robust and valid quantitative analysis and present the results, and to give oral presentations. These skills are developed throughout the degree programme starting from the first year. Moreover, through LSE100 and the compulsory course in organisational strategy, as well as through many public events organised by the Department and the School, the programme presents an unrivalled opportunity to develop strategic awareness and breadth of perspective.

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Programme details

Key facts

 BSc Management
Academic year (2018/19) 21 September 2018
Application deadline 15 January 2018
Duration Three years full-time
Applications 2016 1,424
First year students 2016 124
Availability Open from September 2017
Tuition fee UK/EU fee: £9,250 for the first year 
Overseas fee: £19,152 for the first year
Programme requirement A level Mathematics at grade A or International Baccalaureate Higher level Mathematics (or equivalent)
Usual standard offer A level: grades A A A, with A in Mathematics
International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 38 points including 7 6 6 at Higher level, including Mathematics
English language requirements Proof of your English language proficiency may be required
Location  Houghton Street, London

For more information about tuition fees, usual standard offers and entry requirements, see the fees and funding and assessing your application sections below.

Programme structure and courses

The degree involves studying courses to the value of 12 units over three years, plus LSE100. In the first and second years, a range of foundation courses provide you with an understanding of the role of the core business fields: accounting, finance, operations and information management, organisational behaviour, human resource management, and marketing, and a third year compulsory course provides a grounding in organisational strategy.

Alongside these courses, disciplinary courses provide training in economics, econometrics, and research methods, so that students leave the programme with a solid grasp of social science.

First year

The first year combines rigorous quantitative methods courses, taught mostly in other LSE departments (Economics, Mathematics, Statistics and Accounting) and foundational applications courses, taught by faculty within the Management Department. You will take Economics A or Economics B, depending on your economics background. Economics B is only for students with A level Economics or equivalent. You will also take LSE100 in the Lent term. 

(*denotes a half-unit course)

Either
Elements of Financial Accounting*
Describes financial accounting principles and the role, nature, scope and limitations of accounting conventions 
Or
Elements of Management Accounting and Financial Management*
An introduction to managerial accounting and financial management, including the role of accounting information in the management and control of organisational activities, costing and budgeting, and financial evaluation of decisions in the shorter and longer terms.

Finance*
Includes an introduction to the financial decisions of firms, in particular capital budgeting; the financial decisions of households; the role of the financial system in the economy and the flow of funds; causes and consequences of the recent financial crises.

Either 
Economics A
Provides a foundation in economics, primarily to those without significant background in the subject
Or
Economics B
An introductory course in microeconomics and macroeconomics. 

Quantitative Methods (Mathematics)*
Develops the basic mathematical tools necessary for further study in economics and related disciplines. 

Quantitative Methods (Statistics)*
Develops elementary statistical tools necessary for further study in management and economics.

Operations Management*
Provides students with an understanding of the drivers of organisational performance, conditional on a strategic objective.

Organisational Behaviour and Leadership*
Introduces students to social science theories, research and application related to understanding human behaviour in the workplace.

LSE100
Beginning in the Lent term of the first year and running through the Michaelmas term of the second year, LSE100 is compulsory for all LSE undergraduate students, and introduces you to the fundamental elements of thinking like a social scientist.

Second year

In your second year, your will take two compulsory courses, you will select two options from: Marketing, Information Systems, and Human Resource Management. You will also choose an approved management-related course and take LSE100 in the Michaelmas term.

Managerial Economics
Provides insights from economic theory which are relevant to applications in managerial decision making.

Econometrics: Theory and Application
Provides a thorough understanding of the quantitative techniques which guide evidence-based managerial decision-making. 

Two from:
Marketing*
Covers customer behaviour; segmentation, targeting and positioning; product management and diffusion; pricing, placement and promotion; and marketing relationships.
Information Systems*
Covers the role of data, information and knowledge within management. 
Human Resource Management*
Provides insights into Human Resource Management in a way that appeals to students who are preparing for the global management market. 

One management related option 

LSE100
Beginning in the Lent term of the first year and running through the Michaelmas term of the second year, LSE100 is compulsory for all LSE undergraduate students, and introduces you to the fundamental elements of thinking like a social scientist.

Third year

In your third year you will take one compulsory course, Strategy; plus three management related options.

Strategy
Studies strategic situations and formulates decision models of these situations and the way managers interact with the different constituencies inside the firm - workers, board members, and other managers. 

Three management related options

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations  section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up-to-date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that that the School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises.

You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated undergraduate course and programme information page.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

You can expect to have between 12 and 18 hours of teaching a week depending on the options chosen and the year of the programme. Teaching takes place in lectures, and in classes or seminars, where you will be expected to discuss the ideas presented in lectures. You will have to prepare essays, reports, problem sets or presentations for classes. Hours vary according to courses and you can view indicative details in the Calendar within the Teaching section of each course guide

You are also expected to complete independent study outside of class time. This varies depending on the programme, but requires you to manage the majority of your study time yourself, by engaging in activities such as reading, note-taking, thinking and research.

LSE is internationally recognised for its teaching and research and therefore employs a rich variety of teaching staff with a range of experience and status. Courses may be taught by individual members of faculty, such as lecturers, senior lecturers, readers, associate professors and professors. Many departments now also employ guest teachers and visiting members of staff, LSE teaching fellows and graduate teaching assistants who are usually doctoral research students. You can view indicative details for the teacher responsible for each course in the relevant course guide.

You will be assigned a member of staff as your academic adviser who will have pastoral responsibility for you and can advise you on your choice of subjects. There are many opportunities to extend your learning outside the classroom and complement your academic studies at LSE. LSE LIFE is the School’s centre for academic, personal and professional development. Some of the services on offer include: guidance and hands-on practice of the key skills you will need to do well at LSE: effective reading, academic writing and critical thinking; workshops related to how to adapt to new or difficult situations, including development of skills for leadership, study/work/life balance and preparing for the world of work; and advice and practice on working in study groups and on cross-cultural communication and teamwork.

LSE is committed to enabling all students to achieve their full potential and the School’s Disability and Wellbeing Service provides a free, confidential service to all LSE students and is a first point of contact for all disabled students.

Your timetable

The lecture and seminar timetable is published in mid-August and the full academic timetable (lectures/seminars and undergraduate classes) is published by mid-September and is accessible via the LSE Timetables webpages.

Undergraduate student personal timetables are published in LSE for You (LFY). For personal timetables to appear, students must be registered at LSE, have successfully signed up for courses in LFY and ensured that their course selection does not contain unauthorised clashes.

Every effort is made to minimise changes after publication, once personal timetables have been published any changes are notified via email.

The standard teaching day runs from 09:00-18:00; Monday to Friday. Teaching for undergraduate students will not usually be scheduled after 12:00 on Wednesdays to allow for sports, volunteering and other extra-curricular events. 

Assessment

All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. LSE uses a range of formative assessment, such as essays, problem sets, case studies, reports, quizzes, mock exams and many others. 

Summative assessment for a course can either take the form of an essay or assignment to be handed in, a group project, an exam in May or June, or a mixture of these. Your final grade will be based on your performance over all three years, with performance in the second and third years counting more heavily. An indication of the formative coursework and summative assessment for each course can be found in the relevant course guide.

Feedback on coursework is an essential part of the teaching and learning experience at the School. Class teachers must mark formative coursework and return it with feedback to you normally within two weeks of submission (when the work is submitted on time). You will also receive feedback on any summative coursework you are required to submit as part of the assessment for individual courses (except on the final version of submitted dissertations). You will normally receive this feedback before the examination period. 

Find out more about LSE’s teaching and assessment methods

Preliminary reading

For further insight into the subject areas, we suggest looking at the following books:

A Dixit and B Nalebuff Thinking Strategically: competitive edge in business, politics and everyday life (Norton, 1993)

E Goldratt and J Cox The Goal: a process of ongoing improvement (Gower, 2004)

K Legge Human Resource Management: rhetorics and realities (Anniversary edition, Palgrave, 2005)

S Robbins and T Judge Organisational Behaviour (12th edition, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006)

J Roberts The Modern Firm: organisational design for performance and growth (Oxford University Press, 2004) 

Careers

This degree will serve students in good stead whether they wish to go straight into the job market, or proceed to graduate study. Many recent graduates have found employment in management consultancy, investment banking, general management and public sector management.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme

Support for your career

Many leading organisations give careers presentations at the School during the year, and LSE Careers has a wide range of resources available to assist students in their job search. Find out more about the support available to students through LSE Careers

Student stories

Florian Griesmeyer

BSc Management
Bad Homburg, Germany

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Studying management, I particularly enjoy learning about different business functions, such as finance, HR, and marketing, which I believe will be very useful when leading a business.

Cam-Van Bui

BSc Management
Hanoi, Vietnam

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During my time at LSE, I have enjoyed exploring the world of business, management and a higher level of economics. I love all the discussions on the trade agreements with economic giants like China or the debates on the economic profitability of new bio-fuels; and weighing the pros and cons of the new emerging markets. I can see every idea that I have be questioned and analysed so I can improve and think of a bigger, better one.

Mishaal Shah

BSc Management
Thika, Kenya

Mishaal Shah

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Assessing your application

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified prospective students and want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation, irrespective of their background. The programme guidance below should be read alongside our general entrance requirements information.

We carefully consider each application on an individual basis, taking into account all the information presented on the UCAS application form, including your:

- academic achievement (including predicted and achieved grades)
- subject combinations
- personal statement
- teacher’s reference
- educational circumstances

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although you do not need to provide this at the time of your application to LSE. See our English language requirements.

What we are looking for in an application for BSc Management

Academic achievement

Successful applicants for this programme are usually predicted to achieve or have already achieved a minimum of A A A in their A levels, including an A in Mathematics (or 38 and above International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) points, with 7 6 6 in Higher level subjects including Mathematics).

In addition we are looking for a strong pre-16 academic profile such as several GCSE grades of A and A* (or equivalent), and your GCSE (or equivalent) English Language and Mathematics grades should be no lower than B. We also consider your overall GCSE subject profile, and your AS grades, if available.

Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you are predicted or if you achieve the grades that meet our usual standard offer, this will not guarantee you an offer of admission. Usual standard offers are intended only as a guide, and in some cases applicants will be asked for grades which differ from this. 

We express our standard offers and where applicable, programme requirement, in terms of A levels and the IB, but we consider applications from students with a range of qualifications including BTECs, Foundation Courses and Access to HE Diplomas as well as a wide range of international qualifications. 

Subject combinations

We consider the combination of subjects you have taken, as well as the individual scores. We believe a broad mix of traditional academic subjects to be the best preparation for studying at LSE and expect applicants to have at least two full A levels or equivalent in these subjects.

Whilst there is no one ideal subject combination, traditional academic subjects (such as natural sciences, English, economics, and the humanities) are preferred to less traditional subjects such as business studies or accounting.

Given the analytical nature of this programme, A level (or equivalent) Mathematics is an essential qualification, together with the aptitude and willingness to develop further mathematic knowledge. We are keen to recruit students who have an eclectic mix of contrasting subjects such as history, chemistry and mathematics or geography, biology and physics.

Mathematics and Further Mathematics A level will be considered, ideally, but not exclusively, if combined with an essay-writing subject.

Information about accepted international qualifications
Information about other accepted UK qualifications

Personal characteristics, skills and attributes

For this programme, we are looking for students who demonstrate the following characteristics, skills and attributes:

- ability to think and work independently
- aptitude for future career in management
- ability to follow complex lines of reasoning
- good communications skills and an ability to solve problems
- motivation and capacity for hard work and a willingness to work as part of a team

Personal statement

In addition to demonstrating the above personal characteristics, skills and attributes, your statement should be original, interesting and well-written and should outline your enthusiasm and motivation for the programme. 

You should explain whether there are any aspects of particular interest to you, how this relates to your current academic studies and what additional reading or relevant experiences you have had which have led you to apply. We are interested to hear your own thoughts or ideas on the topics you have encountered through your exploration of the subject at school or through other activities. Some suggestions for preliminary reading can be found above in the preliminary reading section, but there is no set list of activities we look for; instead we look for students who have made the most of the opportunities available to them to deepen their knowledge and understanding of their intended programme of study.

You can also mention extra-curricular activities such as sport, the arts or volunteering or any work experience you have undertaken. However, the main focus of an undergraduate degree at LSE is the in-depth academic study of a subject and we expect the majority of your personal statement to be spent discussing your academic interests.

Please also see our general guidance about writing personal statements. 

Fees and funding

Every undergraduate student is charged a fee for each year of their programme.

The fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It does not cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.

Tuition fees

The 2018 tuition fees are:

UK/EU* students: £9,250 for the first year 
Overseas students £19,152 for the first year

UK/EU undergraduate fees may rise in line with inflation in subsequent years and the overseas fee usually rises by between 2.5 per cent and 4 per cent each year.

*The UK Government confirmed in April 2017 that the fee level for EU undergraduate new entrants in 2018/19 will be the same as Home UK for the duration of their undergraduate degree programme. Further information can be found on the gov.uk website.

The amount of tuition fees you will need to pay, and any financial support you are eligible for, will depend on whether you are classified as a home (UK/EU) or overseas student, otherwise known as your fee status. LSE assesses your fee status based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education.

Further information about fee status classification
Further information about tuition fees

Scholarships, bursaries and loans

The School recognises that the cost of living in London may be higher than in your home town or country. LSE provides generous financial support, in the form of bursaries and scholarships to UK, EU and overseas students. 

In addition, Government support, in the form of loans, is available to UK and some EU students.

Find out more about tuition fee loans.

Key Information Set

From September 2012, every undergraduate programme of more than one year's duration will have a Key Information Set (KIS). The KIS allows you to compare 17 pieces of information about individual programmes at different higher education institutions.

Please note that programmes offered by different institutions with similar names can vary quite significantly. We recommend researching the programmes you are interested in and taking into account the programme structure, teaching and assessment methods, and support services available.

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