If your first language is not English or if your previous degree has not been taught entirely in English, you will be required to provide evidence of your English language ability. There are standard and higher requirements, and you must check which applies to your programme. Research programmes and the Law Department have yet higher requirements. Please note that our standard requirements have increased slightly from 2013 entry. Follow the links in the table to find more information about how to take each type of test.
You may be required to achieve a higher score at the discretion of the selectors. If you have not yet taken any English test, we recommend that you take the IELTS test.
For entry in 2014:
On 21 May, the Home Office confirmed that Higher Education Institutions may use their own judgement to decide whether or not to accept an ETS certificate as evidence of your English ability for entry to their degree programmes.
As such, LSE will continue to accept TOEFL tests as evidence of English language ability for the 2014/15 intake. This means that if you have taken a TOEFL test, which meets the requirements for your programme, you will not need to take any additional English test.
Please note that using a TOEFL test to meet our admission requirements will not jeopardise your Tier 4 visa application. Your CAS statement from LSE will stipulate that we have made our own assessment of your English language ability. You will not be required to include your TOEFL test certificate in your visa application.
We appreciate that there has been a great deal of change regarding TOEFL tests recently, which is likely to have caused you significant inconvenience and stress. We appreciate you bearing with us while the UKVI established their position on this.
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