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An introduction to LSE

LSE is a specialist social science institution, located in the heart of central London.

We offer 41 undergraduate degrees, many of which can be taken as joint or combined honours programmes. Your students may know us best for our economics related programmes but we also offer undergraduate degrees in a wide range of social science disciplines. Do encourage them to explore the full range of options on offer!

Our students are taught by world leading academics whose research plays an important role in informing public and political debate, shaping public policy and solving real world problems.  

Watch our presentation for an introduction to studying at LSE.

An introduction to undergraduate study at LSE An introduction to undergraduate study at LSE
An introduction to undergraduate study at LSE

You can also read an overview of LSE's facts and figures.

Our degree programmes

Department of Accounting

BSc Accounting and Finance

Department of Anthropology

BA Anthropology and Law

BA/BSc Social Anthropology

Department of Economic History

BSc Economic History

BSc Economic History and Geography

BSc Economics and Economic History

Department of Economics

BSc Economics

BSc Econometrics and Mathematical Economics

Department of Finance

BSc Finance

Department of Geography and Environment

BSc Environment and Development

BSc Environmental Policy with Economics

BA Geography

BSc Geography with Economics

Department of Government

BSc Politics

BSc Politics and Data Science

BSc Politics and Economics

BSc Politics and International Relations

BSc Politics and Philosophy

Department of International History

BA History

BSc International Relations and History

BSc History and Politics 

Department of International Relations

BSc International Relations

Language Centre

BSc International Relations and Chinese

BSc Language, Culture and Society

Department of Law

LLB Bachelor of Laws

Department of Management

BSc Management

Department of Mathematics

BSc Financial Mathematics and Statistics

BSc Mathematics and Economics

BSc Mathematics with Economics

Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method

BSc Philosophy and Economics

BSc Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method

BSc Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science

BSc Psychological and Behavioural Science

Department of Social Policy

BS International Social and Public Policy

BSc International Social and Public Policy and Economics

BSc International Social and Public Policy with Politics

Department of Sociology

BSc Sociology

Department of Statistics

BSc Actuarial Science

BSc Data Science 

BSc Mathematics, Statistics and Business

Teaching and learning

What do students study?

Students will generally be expected to take a combination of core compulsory and optional courses during their three or four year degree programme at LSE. Almost all of our degrees allow students to choose at least one outside option, which could be from another academic department or one of our Language Centre’s language or literature courses. All students also take our LSE 100 course as part of their degree programme.  

Each of our programme pages  lists the compulsory and optional courses for each degree under the ‘Programme structure and courses’ heading. Students should refer to this information to ensure that the degree offered at LSE matches their particular area of interest.  

We encourage our students to explore the additional study opportunities available to them whilst at the School, including research internships and activities, study abroad and language learning. See here for more information.

How are students taught?

Teaching at LSE will involve a mixture of lectures and classes.  

Most students will have around 9-15 hours of teaching per week. We expect our students to undertake a significant amount of independent study in the form of reading, essay writing, project work and other assignments.  

For some students, the style of teaching and learning at LSE will be a significant change to the teaching structure and format they have been used to at school or college. Preparing students for independent study and helping them develop their independent study skills before arriving at the School may help with the transition to university level study. LSE LIFE have created a series of study skills podcasts that students may find useful.

Detailed teaching and assessment information can be found here.

Student support

A range of academic, pastoral and personal support services are available to assist students throughout their time at the School. From one-to-one study skills appointments with our LSE LIFE advisers to our off campus support scheme, advice and guidance is always available.  

See our student support pages for more information. 

Student wellbeing

Our Student Wellbeing Service encompasses a number of support services committed to student welfare and wellbeing, including our Student Counselling Service and Peer Support Scheme.

Our Disability and Wellbeing Service provide support to students with long term health conditions, physical disabilities, sensory impairments, mental health and specific learning difficulties. The team work with students to create Inclusion Plans (IPs), make Individual Examination Adjustments and offer Dyslexia and Neurodiversity Services. If you are working with students who may require additional support or adaptations whilst studying at LSE, please encourage them to contact the Disability and Wellbeing Service in advance of their arrival at the School.  

 Accommodation

All new undergraduate students who make LSE their firm choice and apply by the deadline are guaranteed accommodation in their first year of study, either in an LSE or intercollegiate hall of residence. Each hall has its own team of wardens and a hall committee, who are there to provide practical and pastoral support. A private housing service who can help students find private accommodation is also available. See our Accommodation pages for more information, price lists and 360 degree virtual tours.  

Careers

The Careers Service offer a range of events, information and advice to help the personal and professional development of every student at the School. Their guidance for prospective students may be helpful when advising students.  

Students can use our Graduate destinations database to find out more about what LSE graduates do. 

Student life

We encourage our undergraduates to make the most of the full student experience whilst at LSE. There are over 200 student societies, including 40 sports clubs, allowing students to explore and develop a variety of academic, cultural, career and activity orientated interests. Our student activities page  and Students’ Union webpage provide more detailed information about these opportunities.  

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David Gordon LSE Students’ Union General Secretary 2020-21 explains what the LSE Students' Union (LSESU) can offer our students.

Students can get involved in volunteering or charity work, develop their entrepreneurial ideas through our LSE Generate scheme or take up a new language at our Language Centre.

Our campus

LSE is based on one compact campus in the centre of London, located between Covent Garden, Fleet Street and Holborn. Our campus houses our library, study spaces, sports facilities and food and drink outlets. Find out more about our campus and student life. 

Our students therefore enjoy the convenience and community of a campus setting alongside all the academic, entertainment and graduate benefits that come with being located in the heart of London.  

Living in London 

Being in London means that the student experience is not limited to our own campus. As LSE is part of the University of London, students can also enjoy additional facilities at  Student Central, the largest Student Centre in Europe. This broadens the social experience, allowing LSE students the opportunity to meet other students studying a variety of degrees from architecture to zoology at universities across the city.  

Explore our campus in relation to some of the city’s key attractions using our tailored Google map.

We appreciate that students and parents/carers can often have concerns about the cost of studying in London. We recommend that students think about budgeting in advance of arriving at LSE and refer to our London on a budget guidance.  

Subsidised student accommodation in the centre of the city, part-time work options and student discounts on everything from shopping, travel and eating out mean that it is possible to make the most of the opportunities that London has to offer whilst living economically.  

We generally recommend that students budget between £1,100 - £1,300 a month for living expenses and offer our own financial support awards including scholarships and means-tested bursaries to assist with these living costs. Detailed information can be found on our Fees and Funding page.