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. 

A level applicants

Please see our entry requirements for comprehensive information.

Scottish qualifications

We would normally expect applicants offering the Scottish Higher Certificate examinations to obtain five Highers with As and Bs in at least four subjects, but in addition we expect either Advanced Highers or A levels in three subjects, at grades AAA to AAB. 

A Level grade Equivalent grade in the Scottish Advanced Highers
 A*AA, AAA Obtain AAA in your Advanced Highers*
 AAB Obtain AAB in your Advanced Highers*
 Maths A*/A A in Advanced Higher Mathematics

*Where an applicant is prevented, for reasons outside of their control, from studying more than two Advanced Highers we may consider making an offer on two Advanced Highers plus an additional Higher or Scottish Baccalaureate Interdisciplinary Project studied in S6.


If an applicant has not taken a National 5 or equivalent qualification in English and/or Maths we would expect to see that subject offered at Higher Level and may require a particular grade.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma

Equivalency of Welsh Baccalaureate to A Levels
A Level grade Equivalent grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
 A*AA  Welsh Baccalaureate at Grade A plus grades A*A at A Level.
 AAA  Welsh Baccalaureate at Grade A plus grades AA at A Level.
 AAB  Welsh Baccalaureate at Grade B plus grades AA at A Level.
 Maths A*/A  A*/A at A Level Maths

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.

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.

For details on additional accepted international qualifications, please view entry requirement information by country.

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



A degree or equivalent qualifications and experience. You will not normally be accepted for a diploma programme similar in content to one which you have already taken at the School.

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

We require a bachelor’s (honours) degree with a 2:1 or above. We also accept a Postgraduate Diploma with a pass. 

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)

UK taught master’s degree a subject appropriate for the research. We would expect a Merit overall, with a Merit in the dissertation.