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UCAS code:LL12

BSc Politics and Economics

Examine the impact of politics and economics on society and our everyday lives on this world-leading programme.



Politics and economics affect every aspect of our lives – from how countries are run to how our taxes are spent. This degree programme looks at these two subjects from a broad social science perspective.

You’ll get a solid grounding in key political concepts and theories and compare political systems in different countries and cultures. The programme delves into core analytical methods in economics. You’ll study the microeconomic and macroeconomic principles that underpin the financial markets and learn about quantitative methods and mathematical tools.

Taught by an internationally renowned teaching team, you’ll apply your learning to real-world problems – such as why, as economies get richer, people are often not any happier.

The programme is divided equally between politics and economics and you can tailor your studies to your interests and career aspirations. Our graduates go on to pursue highly rewarding and well-paid careers in government, policy setting, the financial markets, consultancy, IT and many other sectors.

Entry requirements

Here, you can check our entry requirements for GCSEs, A-levels (please read them alongside our information about subject combinations) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We also consider applications from students with a range of other UK qualifications and from overseas. Please select the overseas button below and choose your country from the dropdown list to find the equivalency to A-levels of your qualification.


We welcome students from all walks of life at LSE. We want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation. So, whatever your background, please do apply. Get all the details on our general entry requirements.

Competition for places at LSE is high. We cannot guarantee you an offer of a place even if you’re predicted or achieve our standard entry requirements.

Our standard offer requirements are intended only as a guide and, in some cases, you’ll be asked for different grades.

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Why study with us

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Student stories

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I love the fact that this programme combines quantitative and qualitative courses and gives me a chance to apply different ways of thinking. I particularly enjoy using a scientific approach to study things that are related to politics and ultimately impact on the wellbeing of all of us.
Martina Beďatšová, Trenčín, Slovakia, BSc Politics and Economics
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We're taught theory and its application in relation to current issues, which makes class discussions very intellectually rewarding.
Chiou Yih Lee, Penang, Malaysia, BSc Politics and Economics

Your application


We consider each application carefully, taking into account all the details you’ve included on your UCAS form, such as:

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although this is not needed at the application stage. See our English language requirements page.


Fees and funding

The table of fees shows the latest tuition fees for all programmes.

You're charged a fee for each year of your programme. Your tuition fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It doesn't cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.


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Graduate destinations


Politics graduates have a range of skills and can fit into a variety of positions in modern life. Our former students have followed careers in business and banking, in law, in central and local government, in teaching and research, in public and university administration, and in journalism and television.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme

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Top 4 sectors our students work in:

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