Entry requirements

Application for admission to the General Course may be made by students who meet our minimum entry criteria for length of study, average or cumulative grade and academic background

Additionally, if English is neither your first language nor the language of instruction for your degree then you will also need to demonstrate your English proficiency.

Length of study

Applicants should usually have completed at least two years of study at an overseas university by the time they begin studying at the School.

However, we will also consider, on a case-by-case basis, applications from students who have directly entered the second year of university on the basis of A levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Students undertaking a degree  through the University of London International Programmes with LSE as the lead college are also eligible for entry after just one year of study. 

Students who have directly entered their second year on the basis of Advanced Placement exams will not normally be considered for a place. 

Average or cumulative grade

Applicants who wish to study only qualitative subjects, such as Geography, Government or Sociology, should have a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.3/4.0, or equivalent.

Applicants who wish to study predominantly quantitative courses, i.e. those offered by the Departments of Economics, Finance, Mathematics and Statistics, should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5/4.0, or equivalent, including higher level calculus and linear algebra.

We positively  welcome good applicants from any university in any country (except the UK), and will consider applications from students at institutions using any grading scale. In general, we are looking for students who are in the top 10-15% of their class.

Academic background

We look in detail at each applicant's recent university academic record, at what subjects have been studied and the level of success in those studies. We are primarily interested in a student's academic work in social science subjects and will be especially interested in the quality of work in the fields which they might wish to pursue at LSE.

English proficiency

In addition to the academic requirements listed above, you will need to provide proof of your English proficiency unless you are a national of Canada (whose first language is English) or one of the UKVI list of majority English-speaking countries or your degree is taught entirely in English in one of these countries.

The English proficiency requirements for the most common qualification IELTS are:

  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) academic test with a score of 7.0 in all four components (in one exam sitting only).

You do not need to have obtained the required marks before you apply, but they would form a condition of any offer that you received, and would have to be achieved before your arrival at LSE. 


Your test should be no more than two years old by 1 September in the year you intend to start the General Course. Other tests may be acceptable if you have already taken them, but conditions attached to offers will be set as required scores in the IELTS.