Our departments and programmes

The Department of Government

The Department of Government has offered me world-class resources and facilities to enable me to reach my highest potential. Their syllabus is paired with leading academics and a thriving student body. I couldn’t think of a better place to study politics than in its heart here in London.

Max Marlow, BSc History and Politics

Welcome to the Department of Government. Here you can meet our students and staff virtually and find out more about the Department and our programmes. Take your time to browse through the information and follow the links to our Department webpages to really get to know us.

Visit the Department webpages

Watch our Virtual Open Day talk

Watch our Government Virtual Open Day video to find out more about our degree programmes, teaching and assessment methods and life in the Department.  

You can also watch the recording of one of our 2020 Virtual Open Day Government Q&A sessions.

Top three reasons why you should study government at LSE

  1. You’ll explore the political forces that are fuelling rapid change in our world.
  2. You’ll chart constellations of political questions with economic, historical and philosophical issues.
  3. You’ll seek a critical understanding of justice, rights, and power.

You can learn more about us as a Department and even more reasons why you should study with us on our website.

What is it like to study government at LSE?

The Department of Government offer five undergraduate degree programmes, all of which involve the study of comparative politics, political philosophy, political theory and political science. Students will examine theories and concepts such as justice, democracy and liberty alongside the study of political phenomena such as voting and elections. Our joint honours programmes allow students to investigate the relationships and connections between politics and international systems, philosophy and policy, national and international history or economic methods and analysis.

Listen to our taster lecture to get a sense of what it might be like to study in the Department of Government.

Watch our online lecture series of the course GV311 'British Government' for an idea of the type of topics you could expect to cover as a student with us. (Note this course is aimed at 3rd year students).

Teaching and academia

Please use the following resources to find out more about teaching and academia in the Department:

  • Read our blog post on making the most out of office hours. We ask Dr David Woodruff, student Sara Watkins and recent graduate Jack Winterton for their tips and advice.
  • Take a look at The LSE Undergraduate Political Review (UPR). This is an online platform that enables undergraduate students to engage in high level political research. 
  • Our students are involved with the research and topics of academics in the Department: Read a blog post on the topic 'Does protest work?' where we ask Professor John Chalcraft, PhD candidate Temi Ogunye and undergraduate student Haydon Etherington to reflect on protest and its ability to effect social and political change.

Our programmes: BSc Politics

For detailed information regarding entry requirements, programme content, preliminary reading and accreditation please visit our BSc Politics programme page.

Key facts

  • Academic year 2021/22: September 2021 - June 2022
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2021
  • Duration: Three years full-time
  • Applications/offers/intake 2019: 220/60/29
  • Median salary of our UG students 6 months after graduating*: £26,000
  • Top 5 sectors our students work in*: Investment banking, auditing, education and teaching, NGOs and charities, public sector and government

Entry requirements

Here we list our entry requirements in terms of A-levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We also accept a wide range of other qualifications from the UK and from overseas, so if you are not studying these qualifications please follow the relevant link. For our GCSE requirements please see the BSc Politics programme page.

Please also note that LSE has subject preferences and some programmes may have specific requirements in terms of subjects you are required to take. Please see the programme page for this information.

UCAS code: L230
A-levels: AAA
Contextual admissions A-levels: AAB
IB Diploma: 38 point overall with 766 at higher level

*The data was collected through an annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, aggregated over five years (2011-2016). The survey was completed by graduates approximately six months after their graduation ceremony. The median salary is calculated for those whose main activity is working full-time and includes those working outside the UK.

Our programmes: BSc Politics and Economics

For detailed information regarding entry requirements, programme content, preliminary reading and accreditation please visit our BSc Politics and Economics programme page.

Key facts

  • Academic year 2021/22: September 2021 - June 2022
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2021
  • Duration: Three years full-time
  • Applications/offers/intake 2019: 694/110/40
  • Median salary of our UG students 6 months after graduating*: £26,000
  • Top 5 sectors our students work in*: Investment banking, auditing, education and teaching, NGOs and charities, public sector and government

Entry requirements

Here we list our entry requirements in terms of A-levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We also accept a wide range of other qualifications from the UK and from overseas, so if you are not studying these qualifications please follow the relevant link. For our GCSE requirements please see the BSc Politics and Economics programme page.

Please also note that LSE has subject preferences and some programmes may have specific requirements in terms of subjects you are required to take. Please see the BSc Politics and Economics programme page for this information.

UCAS code: LL12
A-levels: AAA with an A in Mathematics
Contextual admissions A-levels: AAB with an A in Mathematics
IB Diploma: 38 point overall with 766 at higher level, including Mathematics

*The data was collected through an annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, aggregated over five years (2011-2016). The survey was completed by graduates approximately six months after their graduation ceremony. The median salary is calculated for those whose main activity is working full-time and includes those working outside the UK.

Our programmes: BSc Politics and History

For detailed information regarding entry requirements, programme content, preliminary reading and accreditation please visit our BSc Politics and History programme page.

Key facts

  • Academic year 2021/22: September 2021 - June 2022
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2021
  • Duration: Three years full-time
  • Applications/offers/intake 2019: 315/68/21
  • Median salary of our UG students 6 months after graduating*: £26,000
  • Top 5 sectors our students work in*: Investment banking, auditing, education and teaching, NGOs and charities, public sector and government

Entry requirements

Here we list our entry requirements in terms of A-levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We also accept a wide range of other qualifications from the UK and from overseas, so if you are not studying these qualifications please follow the relevant link. For our GCSE requirements please see the BSc Politics and History programme page.

Please also note that LSE has subject preferences and some programmes may have specific requirements in terms of subjects you are required to take. Please see the programme page for this information.

UCAS code: LV21
A-levels: AAA
Contextual admissions A-levels: AAB
IB Diploma: 38 points overall, including 766 at higher level

*The data was collected through an annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, aggregated over five years (2011-2016). The survey was completed by graduates approximately six months after their graduation ceremony. The median salary is calculated for those whose main activity is working full-time and includes those working outside the UK.

Our programmes: BSc Politics and International Relations

For detailed information regarding entry requirements, programme content, preliminary reading and accreditation please visit our BSc Politics and International Relations programme page.

Key facts

  • Academic year 2021/22: September 2021 - June 2022
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2021
  • Duration: Three years full-time
  • Applications/offers/intake 2019: 972/95/33
  • Median salary of our UG students 6 months after graduating*: £26,000
  • Top 5 sectors our students work in*: Investment banking, auditing, education and teaching, NGOs and charities, public sector and government

Entry requirements

Here we list our entry requirements in terms of A-levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We also accept a wide range of other qualifications from the UK and from overseas, so if you are not studying these qualifications please follow the relevant link. For our GCSE requirements please see the BSc Politics and International Relations programme page.

Please also note that LSE has subject preferences and some programmes may have specific requirements in terms of subjects you are required to take. Please see the programme page for this information.

UCAS code: L290
A-levels: AAA
Contextual admissions A-levels: AAB
IB Diploma: 38 points overall, including 766 at higher level

*The data was collected through an annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, aggregated over five years (2011-2016). The survey was completed by graduates approximately six months after their graduation ceremony. The median salary is calculated for those whose main activity is working full-time and includes those working outside the UK.

Our programmes: BSc Politics and Philosophy

For detailed information regarding entry requirements, programme content, preliminary reading and accreditation please visit our BSc Politics and Philosophy programme page.

Key facts

  • Academic year 2021/22: September 2021 - June 2022
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2021
  • Duration: Three years full-time
  • Applications/offers/intake 2019: 268/86/27
  • Median salary of our UG students 6 months after graduating*: £26,000
  • Top 5 sectors our students work in*: Investment banking, auditing, education and teaching, NGOs and charities, public sector and government

Entry requirements

Here we list our entry requirements in terms of A-levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We also accept a wide range of other qualifications from the UK and from overseas, so if you are not studying these qualifications please follow the relevant link. For our GCSE requirements please see the BSc Politics and Philosophy programme page.

Please also note that LSE has subject preferences and some programmes may have specific requirements in terms of subjects you are required to take. Please see the programme page for this information.

UCAS code: LV25
A-levels: AAA
Contextual admissions A-levels: AAB
IB Diploma: 38 points overall, including 766 at higher level

*The data was collected through an annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, aggregated over five years (2011-2016). The survey was completed by graduates approximately six months after their graduation ceremony. The median salary is calculated for those whose main activity is working full-time and includes those working outside the UK.

Our research and events

As a Department we are always busy. You can explore our research and the events we put on below.

Explore our research

Take a look at our events

A couple of recent highlights from our event programme are:

The LSE Election Night Party December 2019

One of the biggest events in recent British politics was the December 2019 election. Below you will find two videos, the first was a video where we asked our government students about what they felt were the most important issues for them in this election. The second tells the story of the LSE Election Night Party, which is one of the most exciting and informative places to experience any UK election night. This was certainly true on 12 December 2019, as the world's media joined a packed audience at LSE to watch one of the UK's most pivotal elections unfold with analysis from leading political experts and thinkers. The LSE Government team was there, along with our colleagues from The LSE British Politics and Policy blog, The Democratic Audit, LSE Public Policy and the school's social media teams to cover reaction and debate throughout the night.

Pre -election - what our students would like to see Pre -election - what our students would like to see
Before the 2019 election we asked 'What are the important issues in this election?'. Our students tell us what they think
The Story of the Election Night 2019 at LSE The Story of the Election Night 2019 at LSE
Follow the story of the 2019 election night on the LSE Campus

 

Unions and Their Break-ups: The UK’s attempted secession from the EU, and its possible outcomes

You can listen to the podcast of this event here

Margaret Thatcher: Herself Alone

You can listen to the podcast of this event here.

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