Diploma for Graduates overview
What if I don't meet the entrance requirements?
As long as you have formal university entrance qualifications, there is no competition for admission since there is no restriction on the numbers who may register. The entrance requirements can be found on each of the relevant programme pages.
You can find a list of qualifications considered for entrance by country in the prospectus.
If you think that you may not have the necessary academic qualifications for direct entry into a degree programme, we offer the following:
University of London International Foundation Programme
The International Foundation Programme is a challenging and inspiring new programme that has been designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to prepare them for rigorous undergraduate study.
The programme is equivalent in standard to qualifications studied in year 13 in a UK school (e.g. ‘A’ levels. When you successfully complete the programme you will gain guaranteed entry to an LSE directed degree offered by the University of London International Programmes.
You will also be able to transfer to a Diploma in Economics or Social Science or almost all other undergraduate degrees offered through the University of London International Programmes. You may also apply to study for an undergraduate degree offered by other universities, both in the UK and elsewhere.
You MUST study for this programme at one of our teaching centres that have been approved to provide teaching and support for this programme.
Watch a video overview of the International Foundation programme
Or for further information, see the University of London website:
International Foundation Programme
Diploma in Economics/Social Sciences
The Diploma in Economics and Diploma in Social Sciences are qualifications in their own right that MUST be studied at a recognised Diploma-teaching institution.
These qualifications are for you if:
you have the ability, motivation and maturity to study at degree level, but do not have the qualifications usually required to enter a degree programme.
you have the necessary qualifications to embark on a degree, but would prefer a course with more teaching support.
you intend to take a degree programme, but would like to gain a recognised qualification after one year.
Full list of institutions that teach the Diploma in Economics/Social Sciences can be found in the prospectus.
An entry route to degree study:
If you do not have traditional 'A' levels or their equivalent, the Diploma in Economics and Diploma in Social Sciences provide an entry route to all of the degrees in the fields of Economics, Management, Finance and the Social Sciences listed above. If you intend to go on to a degree programme listed, choose your courses carefully and make sure that the courses you choose are available on the degree that interests you. This will ensure that you receive credit for the courses you have passed. You can transfer to one of the degrees listed above after passing two full courses (provided one is a quantitative subject) of the Diploma in Economics or Diploma in Social Sciences.
Diploma in Economics
Diploma in Social Sciences
An individual course is a single course from one of the EMFSS programmes. As long as you satisfy the entry requirements and have the necessary background, you can take an individual course without registering for a degree or diploma programme. More than 90 individual courses are currently available. When you register you will receive a certificate of registration. If you pass the examination you will receive a Certificate of Achievement.
Full information on individual courses can be found on the University of London website, here.