The LSE Management degree is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to succeed as the managers of tomorrow in business, government and social enterprises around the world. Students develop an understanding of management from a social science point of view, drawing on the various relevant disciplinary perspectives within the Department of Management and within the School. The programme also gives students the ability to understand and critically evaluate evidence relating to management practice.
In developing a combination of quantitative and qualitative abilities, students in the BSc Management programme receive rigorous training in several of the social science disciplines. Students are able to take advantage of this training in applying these skills to business contexts. They graduate with a capacity and enthusiasm for problem-solving and ongoing learning in complex professional environments.
Features of LSE courses
A feature of the programme is its emphasis on the social sciences – in particular, economics, psychology and sociology – as a lens for understanding organisations and management practice. Going beyond fads and current management trends, students are encouraged to think about theory and evidence: "What data might support this claim?", “How can we evaluate whether the data do support this claim?”, "What are the unstated assumptions behind this statement?". This disciplinary training is complemented by a series of courses focusing on the key functions of the modern organisation, so that graduating students have good business sense alongside strong theoretical understanding.
The programme also develops practical management skills, including the ability to work in teams, to write clearly both for managerial and scientific purposes, to conduct robust and valid quantitative analysis and present the results, and to give oral presentations. These skills are developed throughout the degree programme starting from the first year. Moreover, through LSE100, the compulsory course in organisational strategy, and through many public events organised by the Department and the School, the programme presents an unrivalled opportunity to develop strategic awareness and breadth of perspective.
In the first and second years, a range of foundation courses provide you with an understanding of the role of the core business disciplines: accounting, finance, operations and information management, human resource management, and marketing, and a third-year compulsory course provides a grounding in organisational strategy. Alongside these courses, disciplinary courses provide training in economics and organisational behaviour, and in research methods, so that students leave the programme with a good understanding of the basis of social science claims to knowledge.
As you progress through the degree you will develop a better sense of where you wish to specialise, and what career you want to pursue. In the third year, you will have a choice of subjects from a list of options, based on your own interests and career aspirations. The Department offers options in subjects such as decision science, economics, employment relations, finance, information systems, management science, marketing and organisational behaviour. You will also have the opportunity to take courses in other related departments within the School.
What the selectors are looking for in an application
The selectors are looking for academic students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for their programme and an aptitude for future careers in management. Whilst there is no one ideal subject combination, traditional academic subjects are preferred. A level (or equivalent) Mathematics is essential, along with the willingness to develop and apply quantitative methods. The selectors are keen to recruit students who have an eclectic mix of contrasting subjects.
Your personal statement should provide evidence of your genuine interest in and enthusiasm for a career in management. You should mention whether there are any aspects of particular interest to you, how it relates to your current academic programme and what additional reading or similar experiences you have had which have led you to apply. You may also like to include information on your extra-curricular activities and any relevant work experience.
Personal characteristics and skills that will be useful to students in their study of management at LSE include the abilities to think and work independently, follow complex lines of reasoning, demonstrate logical thought processes, solve problems and communicate accurately and succinctly. In addition you should possess intellectual curiosity, have the motivation and capacity for hard work and be willing and able to work as part of a team.
Please visit lse.ac.uk/apply/mgt for further information on admissions criteria.
Teaching and assessment
You can expect to have between 12 and 18 hours of teaching a week depending on the options chosen and the year of the programme. Teaching takes place in lectures, and in classes or seminars, where you will be expected to discuss the ideas presented in lectures. You will have to prepare essays, reports, problem sets or presentations for classes. Assessment for a course can either take the form of an essay or assignment to be handed in, a group project, an exam in May or June, or a mixture of these. Your final grade will be based on your performance over all three years, with performance in the second and third years counting more heavily. You will be assigned a member of staff as your academic adviser who will have pastoral responsibility for you and can advise you on your choice of subjects.
If you wish to gain further insight into the subject, we suggest that you look at the following:
A Dixit and B Nalebuff Thinking Strategically: competitive edge in business, politics and everyday life (Norton, 1993)
E Goldratt and J Cox The Goal: a process of ongoing improvement (Gower, 2004)
S Robbins and T Judge Organisational Behaviour (12th edition, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006)
J Roberts The Modern Firm: organisational design for performance and growth (Oxford University Press, 2004)
K Legge Human Resource Management: rhetorics and realities (Anniversary edition, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2005)
The degree provides foundational skills and a theoretical grounding in management research in the first and second years, and a core course in competitive and organisational strategy and wide choice of options in the third year. This degree will serve students in good stead whether they wish to go straight into the job market, or proceed to graduate study. Many recent graduates have found employment in management consultancy, investment banking, general management and public sector management.