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 Malta Matriculation and Secondary Education Certificate (MATSEC) 

A*AA, AAA

Two Advanced Level subjects:
Award of the Matriculation Certificate (MATSEC) with A overall and grades AA in two Advanced Level subjects.

Three Advanced Level Subjects:
Grades AAA in three Advanced Level subjects.

See generally preferred Advanced Level subjects

AAB

Two Advanced Level subjects:
Award of the Matriculation Certificate with B overall and grades AB in two Advanced Level subjects.

Three Advanced Level Subjects:
Grades AAB in three Advanced Level subjects.

See generally preferred Advanced Level subjects

Maths A*/A

Advanced Level Pure Mathematics grade A.

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 master's programme is a four year honours degree with an overall mark of 70 per cent, 2A or Upper Second Class overall.

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 and expect a Merit overall. 

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