Graduate programmes at LSE are demanding and you will need to demonstrate that you have a high level of English language proficiency before you embark on your studies.
Your answers to the relevant questions on the application form will give you an indication of whether we will require an English test from you. We strongly encourage you to submit your test results with your application (please fill in the relevant section of the application form). Any offer of admission will be subject to proof of your score.
If you have not taken a test by the time you apply, your application can still be considered without it, but any offer will be conditional on the required score. Please note that people applying via Sciences Po to Double Degree programmes must meet the requirement at the point they apply.
You can meet our language requirements in the following ways:
You are a national and resident of Canada or one of the UKVI list of majority English-speaking countries below (whose first language is English). If it is not clear elsewhere in your application, please provide an indication that English was the language of instruction in your primary/secondary education or
You have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (of at least three years duration), a postgraduate taught degree (of at least one year) or a PhD in one of those countries listed below or
You have passed a recognised English language test at an appropriate level
Please note that 2+2 undergraduate degrees where less than three years has been spent in a majority English-speaking country and degrees taken at overseas campuses of English speaking institutions in non majority English speaking countries (eg Chinese campuses of UK institutions) are insufficient to meet our requirements and you will be required to supply a test score. The same is true for students of the University of London International Programme (UoLIP) whose study has not been undertaken in a majority English-speaking country.
English tests must be less than two years old on 1 October 2022.
The condition we set depends on your programme - see the English language test requirements table below. If you are set an English language condition, we encourage you to book a test at your earliest opportunity to ensure you are unaffected if any providers have to halt testing owing to COVID-19.
If you are unable to take one of our preferred tests, it may be possible for you to take an alternative test such as Duolingo or IELTS Indicator and supplement your score by taking the LSE Language Centre Assessment. To request this option, you should complete our condition waiver form, giving the reasons why you are unable to take one of the tests below. Appointments for the LSE LCA are limited and we cannot accommodate people who simply prefer to take this route.
Antigua & Barbuda
St Kitts & Nevis
St Vincent & the Grenadines
Trinidad & Tobago
English language test requirements (English tests must be less than two years old by 1 October in the year you intend to start your programme.)
You may be required to achieve a higher score at the discretion of the selectors, even if you already meet the requirements above.
*For tests taken before the new Cambridge English Scale was introduced, we will use the online converter to determine your score equivalence. If you are taking a Cambridge test rather than the IELTS, we prefer the Advanced or Proficiency tests.
**The IELTS (General) test is not appropriate for academic use, please ensure you take the IELTS (Academic).
***We consider TOEFL scores achieved within a single test, rather than considering MyBest scores.
These are minimum requirements. You may need additional language instruction before you can register to be confident that you can participate fully in your programme. Experience has shown that students who are fully proficient in English are best placed to make the most of all that LSE has to offer, both academically and socially.
Please refer to the Language Centre pages for more information on the Presessional and Insessional programmes we offer.
Please see the resources at the below links, to help you prepare for English language testing, and for studying at LSE.
Using English for Academic Purposes
Preparing for LSE Presessional courses
Preparing to study