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English language requirements

You can meet our language requirements in the following ways:

  • You are a national of Canada (whose first language is English) or one of the UKVI list of majority English-speaking countries below or
  • You have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (of at least three years duration), a postgraduate taught degree (of at least one year) or a PhD in one of those countries or
  • You have passed a recognised English language test at an appropriate level.

Please note that 2+2 undergraduate degrees where less than three years has been spent in a majority English-speaking country and degrees taken at overseas campuses of English speaking institutions in non majority English speaking countries (eg Chinese campuses of UK institutions) are insufficient to meet our requirements and you will be required to supply a test score.

English tests must be less than two years old on 1 October 2017.

Your answers to the relevant questions on the application form will give you an indication of whether we will require an English test from you. We strongly encourage you to submit your test results with your application (please fill in the relevant section of the application form). Any offer of admission will be subject to proof of your score.

If you have not taken a test by the time you apply, your application can still be considered without it, but any offer will be conditional on the required score. We recommend that you take the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or the LSE English Language Test (the LSE test is designed for master's applicants only).  The condition we set depends on your programme - see the English language test requirements table below.

UKVI list of majority English-speaking countries

UKVI list of majority English-speaking countries

 Antigua & Barbuda

 Jamaica

 Australia

 New Zealand

 The Bahamas

 St Kitts & Nevis

 Barbados

 St Lucia

 Belize

 St Vincent & the Grenadines

Dominica

 Trinidad & Tobago

 Grenada

 UK

 Guyana

 USA

 Ireland                         

 

English language test requirements

English language test requirements

Requirement

Overall

Reading

Listening

Writing

Speaking

A. Standard - most MSc and MRes programmes

         

IELTS

7.0

6.5

6.5

6.0

6.0

LSE English Language Test

70

65

65

60

60

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTEA)

65

58

58

51

51

Cambridge English Scale*

185

176

176

169

169

TOEFL

107

22

22

21

20

Trinity ISE (revised test)

Level III

Merit

Merit

Pass

Pass

B. Higher - some MSc programmes with an emphasis on essay writing

         

IELTS

7.0

6.5

6.5

6.5

6.0

LSE English Language Test

 70

 65

 65

 65

 60

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTEA)

65

58

58

58

51

Cambridge English Scale*

185

176

176

176

169

TOEFL

107

22

22

22

20

Trinity ISE (revised test)

Level III

Merit

Merit

Merit

Pass

C. Research programmes – MPhil/PhD programmes (except Law)

         

IELTS

7.0

6.5

6.5

7.0

6.5

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTEA)

65

58

58

65

58

Cambridge English Scale*

185

176

176

185

176

TOEFL

107

22

22

25

22

Trinity ISE (revised test)

Level III

Merit

Merit

Distinction

Merit

D. Law programmes – all programmes in the Law Department, including MPhil/PhD Law

         

IELTS

7.5

6.5

7.0

7.0

6.0

LSE English Language Test

75

65

70

70

60

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTEA)

73

58

65

65

51

Cambridge English Scale*

191

176

185

185

169

TOEFL

109

22

24

25

20

Trinity ISE (revised test)

Level III

Merit

Distinction

Distinction

Merit

You may be required to achieve a higher score at the discretion of the selectors.

*For tests taken before the new Cambridge English Scale was introduced, we will use the online converter to determine your score equivalence. If you are taking a Cambridge test rather than the IELTS, we prefer the Advanced or Proficiency tests.

These are minimum requirements. You may need additional language instruction before you can register to be confident that you can participate fully in your programme. Experience has shown that students who are fully proficient in English are best placed to make the most of all that LSE has to offer, both academically and socially.

Please refer to the Language Centre pages for more information on the Pre-Sessional, Insessional and Foundation programmes we offer.

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