Choosing your courses

Course guides

The undergraduate course guides| represent the 250+ courses available in the current academic year. General Course students may study any combination of undergraduate courses, and you should look at the guides in detail before deciding on your courses. 

In particular you should pay attention to the level of the course, and any pre-requisites that you must have taken in order to be eligible to enrol. There are three levels for undergraduate courses at LSE, designated 100, 200 and 300 level:

  • 100 level courses are introductory courses suitable for students with no previous undergraduate study in the subject. These are typically taken by LSE students in their first year of study.
  • 200 level courses are intermediate  courses broadly equivalent to junior year courses in the US. These are typically taken by LSE students in their second and final years.
  • 300 level courses are advanced courses equivalent to senior year or master's courses in the US. These are typically taken by LSE students in their final year or those undertaking a Graduate Diploma.

General Course students predominantly take 200 level courses, and we do not usually recommend that students take more than one 300 level course as they are exceptionally demanding. Indeed, most LSE undergraduates will not take more than one or two of these courses, and many will complete their degrees without taking any 300 level courses.

The majority of courses at LSE are year-long, with teaching taking place in the Michaelmas (Fall) and Lent (Spring) terms, and examinations in the Summer term.

However, when looking at the course guides you will notice that some courses are designated with (H) or "half-unit". These courses only count for half a unit so you will need to take two of these in place of one of the year-long courses. Typically, teaching for these courses takes place only in one term, Michaelmas or Lent. However, all courses, including half-unit courses, are examined in the Summer term.

You may also notice that a small number of courses are listed as "not available to General Course students". Please do not select any of these courses as you will be asked to change them at a later date.

If you are considering studying Economics at LSE, please read the additional course selection notes on Studying Economics|, Studying Econometrics| and Non-Technical Economics Courses|

Course selections on the application form

The LSE General Course application form| asks you to identify up to six courses of particular interest to assist us in making an initial departmental assignment for you.

Ultimately you will only take four year-long courses, so prior to your arrival you will be asked to select four courses for the purposes of pre-registration. These need not be choices from your initial course selections.

Your final selection of four courses will be confirmed after your arrival at LSE and in consultation with your personal tutor. This need not take place until the end of October, when you will have been attending classes for four weeks.

Assignment to an academic department

Successful applicants are assigned to one of the 15 academic departments| that offer undergraduate degrees, and are notified of their assignment in late August or early September. This will act as your "home" department during your time at the School, and your personal tutor/academic adviser will be based in this department.

You will have chosen at least one course offered by the department to which you are assigned (two for the Department of Economics) and we aim to assign each student to a department that reflects their academic interest or major subject of study.

Please note that your departmental assignment does not restrict your course options: you may take any combination of undergraduate courses offered by any department at the School, regardless of the department to which you are assigned.