London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is the world’s leading dedicated social science institution. Founded in 1895, the School continues to be a place of genuine intellectual excitement and cutting-edge research. Situated in the heart of London, the School is located in one of the most cosmopolitan and vibrant cities in the world.
All of LSE's teaching and research is undertaken from a social science perspective, giving the institution a unique approach to otherwise common fields. Around 69% of LSE's students, and more than 40% of its academic staff, originate from outside the UK. Students are selected for their academic commitment and ability and the global diversity of the students and staff ensures that LSE's education is truly international, both in and out of the classroom. LSE's academic staff remain actively engaged in their research. Their expertise is called upon by governments, companies and media around the globe and they share their "real world" experience with the School's students.
LSE offers over 140 taught postgraduate programmes across 30 departments or institutes. As a 'laboratory of the social sciences', the School's academic profile spans a wide range of disciplines, from accounting to law, management to urbanisation. In addition to degrees involving study solely at LSE, there are an increasing number of postgraduate two-year 'dual degrees' which provide students with the opportunity to study both at LSE and at other leading institutions around the world. Postgraduate research degrees (MPhil/PhD) are offered by all of LSE's departments and institutes. Students are invited to submit applications that complement the academic interests of the School's staff. A full-time research degree takes 3-4 years to complete and consists of both taught courses and primary research leading to a 100,000 word thesis.
- Sixteen Nobel Prize winners in economics, literature and peace have been either LSE staff or alumni: George Bernard Shaw (1925), Ralph Bunche (1950), Bertrand Russell (1950), Philip Noel-Baker (1959), Sir John Hicks (1972), Friedrich von Hayek (1974), James Meade (1977), Arthur Lewis (1979), Merton Miller (1990), Ronald Coase (1991), Amartya Sen (1998), Robert Mundell (1999), George Akerlof (2001), Leonid Hurwicz (jointly) (2007), Paul Krugman (2008) and Christopher Pissarides (jointly) (2010).
- In all, 35 past or present heads of state have studied at LSE, and 28 members of the House of Commons and 31 current members of the House of Lords have either studied or taught at LSE.
- The Library of the School is the largest in the world devoted exclusively to the social sciences. Founded a
- year after the School, it is also known as the British Library of Political and Economic Science and provides a specialist national and international research collection. The Library collects material on a worldwide basis, in all major European languages. The extensive collections range from a European Documentation Centre to 90,000 historical pamphlets, with over 95 per cent of Library stock available on open access. 50 kilometres of shelving - enough to stretch the length of the Channel Tunnel! - accommodate over four million printed items including 31,000 past and present journal titles.
- LSE confirmed its position as a world-leading research university, with outstanding success in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. LSE had the highest percentage of world-leading research of any university in the country, topping or coming close to the top of a number of rankings of research excellence.
Life in London
London is an exciting, vibrant and colourful city. Whatever your interests or appetite you will always find something to suit your palate and your pocket in this truly international centre. Whether you are into art, architecture or artefacts, dance, film, music or theatre, London really does have it all!
Major attractions such as Theatreland, the West End, the Royal Opera House and the British Library and Museum are right on your doorstep. It is truly one of the most dynamic and exciting cities in the world. International in flavour, London offers students an unparalleled environment in which to live and study. It is a centre for government and law, Europe’s leading financial market and a style-setting centre of cultural life. Educational benefits include libraries, professional institutes and all the resources of the University of London. LSE’s central position means that you are a short walk from an enormous range of opportunities and attractions, many of them tailored for the tastes and pockets of the tens of thousands of students in the many universities and colleges in London.