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.
We carefully consider each application on an individual basis, taking into account all the information presented on your application form, including your:
- academic achievement (including predicted and achieved grades)
- statement of academic purpose
- two references
In terms of academic achievement, our entry requirements vary by programme, and are listed on the individual graduate degree programme webpages.
See further information on supporting documents
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.
For more information on the application process please see How to apply.
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Below you will find our general minimum requirements for students from your country. If your qualification or country is not listed, please get in touch with Graduate Admissions.
Please note that requirements listed on these pages are general and some programmes have specific requirements in terms of degree result required and subject background. Many of our quantitative programmes also require that a GRE or GMAT score is submitted. Please see the individual graduate degree programme webpages for specific information.
Graduate entry requirements for applicants from Japan
Taught master's programmes
To be considered for admission to a taught master's programme, we would normally require a a bachelor's degree (gakushi, four-six years) from a highly regarded institution with an overall mark of 80 per cent, a GPA of 3.5/4, or A, with the majority of the marks attained at grade A. Applicants from other institutions can be considered with a mark of 89 per cent or an overall A.
Research programmes (MPhil/MRes/PhD)
To be considered for admission to a research programme, we would normally require a master's (shushi) degree. From a highly regarded institution we would expect an overall mark of 80 per cent, a GPA of 3.5/4, or the majority of marks attained are grade A. Applicants from other institutions can be considered with a mark of 89 per cent, or an overall A.