Entry requirements

Undergraduate

Entry requirements vary by programme, and are listed on the individual undergraduate degree programme webpages. We express our standard offers in terms of GCE A levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB), but we consider a range of qualifications. Below we have listed our various A level grade requirements and their international equivalency.

A level grade  Equivalent in Austrian Reifeprüfung (Matura) from a Gymnasium
A*AA, AAA

Four written exams: pass your Reifeprüfung mit ausgezeichnetem Erfolg, with four subjects (written exams) at 1/sehr gut.

Three written exams: pass your Reifeprüfung mit ausgezeichnetem Erfolg, with three subjects (written exams) at 1/sehr gut and two subjects (oral exams) at 1/sehr gut.

Note: LSE prefers students to sit four written exams

AAB

Four written exams: pass your Reifeprüfung mit ausgezeichnetem Erfolg, with three subjects (written exams) at 1/sehr gut and one subject (written exam) at 2/gut.

Three written exams: pass your Reifeprüfung mit ausgezeichnetem Erfolg, with two subjects (written exam) at 1/sehr gut, one subject (written exam) at 2/gut and two subjects (oral exams) at 1/sehr gut.

Note: LSE prefers students to sit four written exams

Maths A*/A Maths 1/sehr gut

Accepted international qualifications

Whilst not an exhaustive list, the following are international qualifications with which applicants may be eligible for consideration by LSE:

• At least 4 ‘Group A' Advanced Placement subjects (see the College Board and UCAS websites)
• A University of London International Programmes qualification
• A foundation programme (See EducationUK for more detail)
• A year of university study from another institution* 
*Applicants to whom we make an offer on the basis of an undergraduate degree are normally expected to obtain a B+ or the equivalent overall, but higher marks in specific subjects may also be necessary.

Applicants offered a place on the basis of a foundation programme or university studies may be asked to sit the Undergraduate Admissions Assessment (UGAA).

Competition for places

Please note that, due to the intense competition for places, meeting or exceeding the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee admission. In addition to the general entry requirements, applicants should also refer to the individual undergraduate degree programme descriptions, especially for quantitative programmes, where the advanced study of Mathematics up to school-leaving age is often required.

Find out how to apply. Note that the closing date for applications is 15 January in the year that you hope to start at LSE.

 

Graduate

Master's (MSc/MA/MPA/LLM)

The minimum qualification for entry to a taught master's programme would be the bachelor's degree, Diplomstudium or Magister with an overall grade of 2/5 or Gut.

This is our general minimum requirement; however, some programmes have specific requirements in terms of degree result required and subject background. Many of our quantitative programmes also require that a GRE or GMAT score is submitted. Please see the individual graduate degree programme descriptions for specific programme requirements and information about the application process.

Research (MPhil/MRes/PhD)

We require a master's degree or Diplomstudium/Magister (when completed after five years of study). We require an overall grade of 2/5 or Gut. We require a majority of grades at 'mit gutem erfolg bestanden'.

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