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 the Swiss Maturitatszeugnis / Certificat de Maturite / Attestato di Maturita 

Complete your Maturita with an overall average of at least 5.

Maths A*/A Grade 6 in Maths

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

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)

We require the post-Bologna Bachelor’s degree (started after 2003, depending on the institution) or Diplom/Diplome/Diploma or Lizentiat/Licence/Licenza or Staatsdiplom/Diplôme d'Etat/Diploma Di Stato. We require grades of 5 out of 6, 8 out of 10, 2 out of 5. For German-based degrees, please see the Germany entry.

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 the post-Bologna master’s degree (not the Master of Advanced Studies) and expect grades of 5/6, 8/10, 2.0/5 (5 being the lowest), Gut, Bien, Bene or Good.

The following pre-Bologna qualifications are also considered comparable to a British taught master’s degree: Eidenösisches Diplom Berufsbildung/Diplôme Fédéral Formation Professionelle/Diploma Federale Formazione Professionale / Federal Diploma. For these vocational qualifications, we require the same grades as above.