LSE at a glance

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2021 QS Rankings - 1st in the UK and Europe and 2nd in the world for social science and management subjects

In the QS World and Subject Rankings 2021, LSE was ranked 1st in Europe and 2nd in the world for social science and management subjects.


LSE counts 18 Nobel Prize winners among our staff and former students. We have 165,000 alumni across 200 countries. 37 world leaders have studied or taught at LSE.

Student numbers

LSE received 12.8 applications per undergraduate place and 6.4 applications per taught postgraduate place for the academic year 2020/21.

During that year, LSE had 11,689 full time students: 5,627 undergraduates, 5,505 taught postgraduates and 557 postgraduate researchers. 49 per cent of students were classed as Home/EU and 51 per cent as Overseas.

Careers and employability

The most recent graduation data is for the academic year 2018/19. 92.8 per cent of graduates entered employment or study within 15 months. The median salary of an LSE graduate is £35,000.

The top ten fields of employment for LSE students are:

  1. Education
  2. Financial services
  3. Law and legal services
  4. Banking
  5. Consultancy
  6. Media and arts
  7. Central government
  8. Local government, public, social and welfare services
  9. Charities, voluntary sector and Trusts
  10. Health

Academic facilities 

Founded in 1895, LSE is a specialist social science university with 29 academic departments and institutes, 19 research centres and many more research units and groups. We have seven academic partnerships with universities across the world.

LSE's Library is one of the largest social science libraries in Europe. It has designated status as the British Library of Political and Economic Science from Arts Council England.

In 2021 LSE became the first Carbon Neutral verified university in the UK.

Events, clubs and societies

In 2020/21 LSE's world-renowned public events programme, including an annual Festival, hosted over 100 lectures, exhibitions and concerts. The Students' Union has over 200 societies and over 40 sports clubs.

Find out more

Please see LSE's financial statements for 2020/21.