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 Switzerland
Taught master's programmes
To be considered for admission to a taught master's programme, we would normally require a post-Bologna bachelor’s degree (started after 2003, depending on the institution) or diplom/diplome/diploma or lizentiat/licence/licenza or staatsdiplom/diplôme d'état/diploma di stato. We require grades of 5/6, 8/10, 2/5. For German-based degrees, please see the Germany entry.
Research programmes (MPhil/MRes/PhD)
To be considered for admission to a research programme, we would normally require a post-Bologna master’s degree (not the master of advanced studies) and expect grades of 5/6, 8/10, 2/5 (5 being the lowest), gut, bien, bene or good.
The following pre-Bologna qualifications are also considered comparable to a British taught master’s degree: eidenösisches diplom berufsbildung/diplôme fédéral formation professionelle/diploma federale formazione professionale / federal diploma. For these vocational qualifications, we require the same grades as above.