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 2014:

First year students 2014:

First year:

Second year:

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 note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, some circumstances may cause the School to subsequently change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to circumstances outside of its control. You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee places on its courses. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated undergraduate course and programme information page.

Programme details

First year

Two of your courses will be in government. 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. 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 a range of social science options on offer across the 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 government 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 a government dissertation and there is a further opportunity to take an outside option in the third year.