Why Study at LSE?

London School of Economics (LSE) is one of the best universities in the UK. Located in central London, England, LSE is considered the best university in the city by many national league tables, and offers both undergraduate and postgraduate students access to first-class researchers, facilities, and educational resources.

There are many reasons why students choose to study at LSE. This guide rounds up five of the top reasons you should consider LSE when making your university choices.

1. Academic reputation

LSE is one of the most well-known and academically prestigious universities. Since its founding in 1895, LSE has built an esteemed academic reputation in the social sciences and now houses top researchers in a range of fields.

League table rankings

LSE is a highly ranked UK university that specialises in social sciences and humanities-based subjects. When looking at LSE’s position in global league tables in particular, you should take into account its specialism in certain subjects (such as Economics, Politics, and Management) and more limited range of programmes, as LSE is one of the most competitive and prestigious universities in the UK. It is currently ranked:

Research excellence

As well as ranking highly in league tables, LSE is also one of the world’s top research universities and is famous for its research excellence and innovation in the social sciences. Its research was ranked 37th in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023 and 93% of its research was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2021).

2. Range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses

LSE offers a range of courses in the social sciences at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It does not offer many technical/scientific subjects offered by most other universities, such as Engineering and Medicine, nor does it offer English, History, Art or Languages. Instead, LSE is heavily focused on Economics, Political Science, and Management programmes at all levels.

Undergraduate

LSE offers more than 80 different courses at undergraduate-level covering a range of disciplines and subject combinations. Its entry requirements typically range from A*AA to AAB at A level (equivalent qualifications are also accepted), depending on the course. Each of its courses is tailored to provide the most up to date and globally relevant knowledge delivered by top academics in the field. 

See LSE’s full list of undergraduate courses on its website. 

Postgraduate

LSE’s graduate school is a thriving community of researchers and postgraduate students. There are over 6,000 graduate students at LSE who form more than half of the university’s overall student population. Its course offering is just as vast, with around 560 different Master’s and Doctoral level programmes in subjects ranging from Accounting to Management. 

See LSE’s full list of graduate courses and their entry requirements on its website.

3. Top facilities

LSE’s undergraduate and postgraduate students have access to the very best resources and facilities. These include:

  • A leading Language Centre specialising in offering modern language courses targeted to the needs of social science students;
  • The British Library of Political and Economic Science, founded in 1896, which is the major international library of the social sciences and offers long opening hours and excellent resources for LSE students;
  • A range of IT resources, facilities and technology, including practical workshops, online training and guidance;
  • A prime location in central London – LSE’s main campus is next to the Royal Courts of Justice building, while the financial district, Westminster and the Houses of Parliament are also all within easy reach.

4. Student life

LSE is located in central London, close to Holborn and Temple tube stations. The campus is next to the Royal Courts of Justice building, while the financial district, Westminster and the Houses of Parliament are also all within easy reach. Thanks to its location in one of Europe’s biggest and most bustling cities, there is an abundance of cafes, bars, museums, and other social spaces for students to enjoy. 

Within LSE itself, there are also countless ways to make the most of your time as a student and enjoy your free time. The university has more than 200 societies, opportunities to partake in volunteering, and its own student newspaper. Whatever your interests, talents and career goals, there will almost certainly be opportunities to pursue them at LSE.

5. Work opportunities and job prospects

Thanks to its outstanding reputation, LSE is one of the most well-known and respected universities in the world amongst employers. In 2021-22, LSE was the 20th most targeted university by top employers (High Fliers Research), and the university has links to a range of top organisations and industries both in the UK and globally.

As a result of this reputation among employers and the skills and links built while at LSE, 86% of LSE leavers are employed or in further study 15 months after graduating. LSE graduates also earn a mean salary of £40,811 within 15 months of leaving university (undergraduate and postgraduate combined). 

How to get into LSE

There are many reasons to study at London School of Economics, and that’s why thousands of top students aspire to apply there. However, knowing you want to apply is just the first step; knowing how to meet the entry requirements and write a stand-out application is the most important part.

That’s where The Profs can help. Our network of expert admissions tutors can provide you with tailored support on how to maximise your chances of receiving an offer for your chosen LSE course. In fact, 95% of university applicants who work with us receive an offer.

To read more about how to get into LSE and learn top tips from The Profs’ application experts, read our helpful LSE application guide. To talk to a member of our team and access the support of one of our highly qualified tutors, complete the contact form at the bottom of this page.

FAQs

Where is LSE?

LSE is located in central London, close to Holborn and Temple tube stations. The campus is next to the Royal Courts of Justice building, while the financial district, Westminster and the Houses of Parliament are also all within easy reach.

Does LSE do clearing?

LSE does not usually participate in Clearing and is one of just a handful of universities not to do so. Other universities that do not participate in Clearing include Oxford, Cambridge and UCL, as well as some other competitive and Russell Group universities that do not have free spaces to offer on their courses (this can change from year to year).

When do LSE give out offers?

LSE aims to make offers to applicants as soon as possible. LSE states that it makes offers from early October through to the 18th May 2023 (the UCAS deadline for final decisions), so the earlier you apply, the earlier you may receive an offer.

How hard is it to get into LSE?

LSE is one the most competitive universities in the UK. Its acceptance rate was just 6.6% in 2021, and you will need top A level grades (or equivalent) and outstanding academic performance in order to be considered. Nevertheless, if you have a strong track record of high academic achievement, a real passion for your chosen subject, and a strong personal statement, you will be in a strong position to be considered for a place.

Does LSE accept transfer students?

LSE does accept transfer students under certain conditions, however the competition for spaces is extremely high and so in reality, the number of transfer students tends to be very limited. If you have completed your first year of undergraduate study at another university, it is possible that you may be permitted direct entry to the second year of an LSE course if you meet LSE’s list of requirements. However, second-year entry is extremely rare and many departments (including Economic History, Geography and Environment, Social Policy, Statistics, and others) do not allow it. Third year entry is not permitted under any circumstances.

Is LSE a good school?

LSE is one of the best and most competitive universities in the world. It closely follows Oxford and Cambridge in UK league tables and sits in the top five of UK universities for the subjects it offers.

Is LSE better than UCL?

LSE and UCL are both excellent universities. Generally, LSE is considered slightly more prestigious for the subjects it specialises in, such as Economics and Politics. LSE is also more competitive than UCL, with an acceptance rate of 6.6% compared to UCL’s 12%. However, UCL offers a far greater number of courses and specialises in a broader range of subjects, including Medicine and the Sciences, and is considered one of the best ‘all-rounder’ universities in the UK.

What is LSE famous for?

LSE is renowned for its specialised undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including BSc Economics, BSc Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Master’s in Management (MiM), and more. Its courses are designed to teach students theory as well as to study and apply their learnings to real-world issues.

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