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 French Baccalauréat

Mention Très Bien (16 overall)


Mention Bien (15 overall)

Maths A*/A 16 in Mathematics

Students who complete ‘Option International Anglais’ (English) or ‘Option International Americain’ (American) of the French baccalauréat will not be required to provide additional proof of English language proficiency. 

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)

To be considered for admission to a taught master's programme, for students who have studied at a French university, we would require the Licence or Diplôme obtained after three years of study with average grades, across all years studied in a French university, of 13.5/20.

For students who have studied at a Grande Ecole, for taught master's programmes, we require the Diplôme/Bachelor/Licence with minimum average grades of 12.5/20 or B. Students should have completed a minimum of three years at a Grande École. This can include the two year classes préparatoires period.

We also accept the pre-Bologna Maîtrise (last awarded in 2009) with a minimum overall mark of 13.5/20.

In addition, we accept the Master 1 with a pass mark. This is equivalent to a UK Postgraduate Diploma.

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)

For research programmes, for students who have studied at a French university, we require the Master 2/Magistère and expect an overall/average grade of 13.5/20.

For students who have studied at a Grande Ecole, we require the Master 2/Grade de Master or the Diplôme when completed after five years of substantive study with minimum grades in the final two years of 12.5/20. This can include the two year classes préparatoires period.