Popularly known as LSE, London School of Economics and Political Science is one of the most renowned UK universities for international students that is ranked #27 in THE World University Rankings, 2020. As of 2019 admission data, the number of total UG applications received was more than 21,000 against 1,600 seats, which means over 13 applicants per place. This shows the high level of competition at the institute that observes an acceptance rate of merely 8.9% for undergraduate applicants.
However, the acceptance rate for graduate applicants is higher, i.e., 25%. Looking at the acceptance rate of the institute we can infer that the seeking admission at LSE is highly competitive and the applications are evaluated critically before choosing the prospective students.
The school has around 23 academic departments and 16 research centers that offer admission to Undergraduate, Graduate, Graduate Research programs, Summer courses, Executive courses, Online certificate courses and Language programs to students. The population of international students at the institute includes over 148 countries around the world.
Some salient points regarding admission at London School of Economics and Political Science are as mentioned below.
|Application Portal||UG: UCAS|
PG: LSE Online Portal
|Application Fee||UG: UCAS Fee|
PG: 75 GBP
|Payment Mode||Debit/Credit card, Online|
London School of Economics and Political Science follows separate application deadlines for undergraduate and graduate programs. The deadlines for the same are as given below.
|Degree||Deadline (2021-2022 Academic Year)|
|Undergraduate||January 15, 2021|
The UCAS application procedure for international students outside the EU is available for between 6 September and June 30. However, students applying to the LSE are strongly advised to comply with the January 15 deadline.
Admission process and documentation requirements for international applicants is similar to domestic applicants except for some additional specifications. The detailed process is as follows:
Application Portal: UCAS Application Portal
Application Fee: The fee for applications is 18 GBP for a single choice or 24 GBP for multiple courses.
Basic Admission Requirements:
Accepted International Qualifications:
For Undergraduate Admission
|TOEFL iBT||100 overall, with a minimum of-|
27 in Writing
25 in Reading
24 in Listening
24 in Speaking
|Cambridge C1 Advanced||185 points overall;|
a minimum of 185 points
in each component
|Cambridge C2 Proficiency||185 points overall;|
a minimum of 185 points
in each component
For Graduate Programs
|LSE Language Center Professional Program||70||65||65||65||65|
|Cambridge English Scale||185||176||176||176||176|
|Trinity ISE||Level III||Merit||Merit||Merit||Merit|
|LSE Language Center Professional Program||70||70||65||65||65|
|Cambridge English Scale||185||185||176||176||176|
|Trinity ISE||Level III||Distinction||Merit||Merit||Merit|
Any students except EU/EEA/Swiss national and without an immigration permission to study in the UK must apply for the correct visa to get registered in the program. Students applying for Full-time degree and General courses should apply for a tier 4 general student visa to study in the UK.
The institute observes some country-specific requirements which are listed as below.
|Countries||Undergraduate Academic Requirements||Graduate Academic Requirements|
|India||-CBSE/ICSE- an overall average of 85%-90% across five subjects|
- 90% marks in Mathematics
-Other Indian boards- a minimum 80%-85% in each subject along with accepted international qualifications
|-a minimum 3-year bachelor's degree|
-a Cumulative GPA (CGPA) of 3.3/4, 5/7, 6/8, 7/9 or 7.5/10 or,
percentage equivalent to 65%
|Bangladesh||-Only accepted international qualifications||-a master’s degree after a 3/ 4- year bachelor degree|
-a first class honors or an average 75% in bachelor’s degree or GPA – 3.75/4 or Grade A
|Nepal||-Only accepted international qualifications||-a bachelor’s degree|
-a 2:1, an average Grade- B+ or a GPA – 3.3/4
|Malaysia||-Equivalent to STPM- A levels Mathematics A level|
-Unified Examination Certificate- Overall 75%+ 80% in Mathematics
|- a master’s degree after a 3- year bachelor degree|
-an overall mark of 80%, or GPA of 3.7/4
|Pakistan||-only accepted international qualifications||-a 4-year bachelor’s degree|
-an overall mark of 75%, or GPA of 3.5/4
-a 3-year first class bachelor along with a master’s degree with an overall mark of 75% is also considered
|Sri Lanka||-Equivalent to GCE Advanced Level- AAA/AA B+ Grade A in Mathematics||-a four year bachelor's special degree or professional degree -an overall mark of B+/ high 2:1,or 3.5/4, or 65%|
LSE offers over 40 undergraduate degree programs across the field of social science.
Where to Apply: Online via UCAS (LSE UCAS code L72 LSE)
Application Fees: UCAS specific fees
-LSE GRE Code-0972
-LSE GMAT Code- HMT 86-56
If students are unable to upload their documents online, they may send them via post to: Graduate Admissions Office, The London School of Economics and Political Science, PO Box 13420, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE.
course specific requirements for some popular taught master’s at the institute ate as tabulated below.
|Requirements||Global Master’s in Management||LLM||Master of Public Policy||M.Sc. in Accounting and Finance||M.Sc. in Applicable Mathematics|
|Application Deadline||Rolling admissions||Rolling admissions||Rolling admissions||Rolling admission||Rolling admission|
|GMAT/GRE||Required||Not required||Not required||Required||Not required|
|Work Experience||Not required||Not required||Required||Not required||Not required|
|Recommendation||Required (2)||Required (2)||Required (2)||Required (2)||Required (2)|
|English Language Requirements||Standard||IELTS- 7.5|
Cambridge English Scale- 191
|Admission Interview||Not required||Not required||Not required||Not required||Not required|
The institute accepts applications from candidates seeking to study in the UK on a rolling basis for a majority of programs and renders the decision accordingly. After completion of the admission process, applicants are required to wait for a maximum of 8-12 weeks to receive the admission decision. Please note that the first admission decision is released in the month of January.
Ques. How can students track their application at London School of Economics and Political Science?
Ans. Students will be able to track the progress of their application online by logging into their individual LSE account.
Ques. How long does it take for an admission decision to come from London School of Economics and Political Science?
Ans. Students atLondon School of Economics and Political Science generally may have to wait an average of 8 weeks for a decision to come when applying to a graduate taught program. Decisions for a research program may take longer.
Ques. How many programs a student can apply to in Graduation at London School of Economics and Political Science?
Ans. Students can apply for up to two programs at London School of Economics and Political Science, which will be considered in sequence of the order they are mentioned in the application form. Students need to submit two clearly-differentiated statements, each fully addressing why you are applying for the programs selected.
Ques. What if students remain unsuccessful to opt a place for both choices at London School of Economics and Political Science?
Ans. If students are unsuccessful for both choices at London School of Economics and Political Science, they may apply for additional choices by completing a new choices form paying an additional fee of 100 GBP.
Ques. Does LSE offer a double degree program?
Ans. London School of Economics and Political Science offers double graduate taught degree program in collaboration with other universities.