Entry requirements


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 Belgian Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs / Certificat d’Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur / Abschlusszeugnis der Oberstufe  des Sekundarunterrichts (General strand only)


An overall average of: 8.0 out of 10, 80 out of 100, or 16 out of 20


An overall average of: 7.5 out of 10, 75 out of 100, or 15 out of 20

Maths A*/A Grade 9.0 or 90 per cent or 18/20 in Mathematics, which should be taken as an elective subject.

Applicants offering the above qualification who are considered by the selector to be excellent may also be asked to sit the UG Admissions Assessment (UGAA).


A level grade  Equivalent in the European Baccalaureate

Obtain 85 per cent overall


Obtain 80 per cent overall

Maths A* 8.5 in Maths (the full option - five periods per week)
Maths A 8.0 in Maths (the full option - five periods per week)

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.


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

The minimum qualification for entry to a master's programme is the post-Bologna Bachelor's degree or the Licencie/Licentiaat started after 2004 with grades of 70 per cent or Avec Distinction or 14/20. Alternatively, the  Licence/Licenciaat, Meester or Architecte awarded pre-2004 and obtained after the second cycle with grades of Met onderscheiding, Avec Distinction or 70 per cent.

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 Diplôme d'Ėtudes Approfondies and expect an overall grade of 70 percent/Avec Distinction or Met onderscheiding.