BSc Government|

UCAS code: L230

Usual standard offer:
A level: grades A A A

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 38 points including 7 6 6 at Higher level

Other qualifications are considered

For further details see|

Applications 2013:

First year students 2013:

First year:

Second year:

  • Three government options
  • One outside option
  • LSE100 (Michaelmas term only)

Third year:

  • Advanced government option or a dissertation
  • Government option
  • Advanced government option or a government option
  • Government option or an approved outside option

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations|

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Programme details

First year

Two of your courses will be in government. In Introduction to Political Science, examines the comparative analysis of a range of political phenomena, including the forms of states and regimes, theories of elections and voting, political ideologies, the causes and consequences of democracy, and the management of the economy. An Introduction to Political Theory, examines the foundations of western political thought, followed by modern political theory. For your two remaining courses you may choose from the range of social science options on offer across the range of subject areas taught at LSE. There will be departmental recommendations on the choice of appropriate outside options.

Second and third years

In the second year you will take a broad range of courses covering the different subfields of political science. These are designed to give you a grasp of the comprehensive character of the study of politics. There is also provision for the study of an outside option in the second year.  

In the third year students are required to take more advanced courses which follow on from the areas of study introduced in the second year. Opportunities are available to specialise in areas which interest you most, ie comparative politics, political theory or public policy. Students can choose to take an undergraduate dissertation and there is a further opportunity to take an outside option in the third year.