London School of Economics was founded in 1895 by members of the socialist Fabian society, (including the playwright George Bernard Shaw) to procur the betterment of society through the study of economics especially of poverty. In 1900 LSE became the Faculty of Economics for London University and issued its first degrees in 1901. Over the decades its relationships and influence in business, politics and law has had a wide impact within British society. Whilst its reputation was originally for law, mathematics, economics, history and philosophy, the School has become known in more recent years for its teaching of business and the social sciences.
LSE is a campus university – the main campus being the site at Westminster, off Aldwych and next to the Royal Courts of Justice and Temple Bar. All the halls of residence are well situated near to many of London’s attractions and facilities eg: Butlers Wharf hall is next to Tower Bridge, Rosebery Hall in Islington is near to the famous Sadlers Wells theatre, whilst Bankside hall on the south bank of the Thames is very near the Tate Modern art gallery. Travelling to and from campus is easy since London is well served by buses and tube running until the early hours of the morning.
LSE is ranked =25th in the Times Higher Education rankings. It is ranked between 151-200 in the Shanghai Jaio Tong Rankings. LSE is a member of the Russell Group of universities.
LSE is ranked =155th in the National Student Survey Satisfaction rankings.
There are currently 7,449 international students studying at LSE, coming from 142 countries representing 69% of all students.
Figures for 2013-14 indicate a total student population of 10,800, of which 4360 were undergraduates, 6000 postgraduates and 440 were registered for other courses.
89.2% of LSE graduates enter directly into work, further study or training within 6 months of graduation (source:HESA). A breakdown of post graduation employment by course, showing the split into professional/managerial positions, rather than general employment figures, is available from Unistats an independent source of university data. For more information, please visit the REF Information page.
On its main Aldwych campus the LSE has a library, 2 pubs, a nursery school and the main teaching buildings. Around the corner on Sheffield Street, the new Saw Swee Hook Centre is home to a bar, café, media centre, dance studio, performance venue and gym. LSE also owns the Peacock Theatre in London’s west end. The Student Union supports 200 societies and 40 sports clubs as well as running tv and radio stations and the country’s oldest student newspaper.
Its central location means that access is easy to all of London’s famous landmarks, museums, theatres, galleries, shopping, restaurants, clubs, bars and nightlife.
LSE owns 12 halls of residence and has shares in eight further intercollegiate halls managed in partnership with constituent colleges of the University of London . This means that up to 4000 places are available for LSE students in 17 locations across the capital. These range from a 5 minute walk from the main Aldwych site (the Covent Garden hall), to a 30 minute journey by tube or bus (the Nutford and Butlers Wharf halls). All first years and most postgraduates are guaranteed accommodation in either catered or self catered halls. Contracts are for 31, 40 or 50 weeks depending on need. Some halls are specifically for undergraduates (and these are primarily the catered halls), whilst others are purely for postgraduates, and some are mixed.
Accommodation costs are very varied depending on the site.
The lowest price for a single room with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities is £137.90 per week.
An example price for catered accommodation is £139.91 at Connaught Hall.
International undergraduate tuition fee examples – BA or BSc:
Fees for full time undergraduate courses are all priced at £17,712.
International postgraduate taught tuition fee examples – MA or MSc:
Full time masters (taught) postgraduate course fees start at £19,344 for Economic Development, rise to £22,736 for Global Health and up to £31,608 for Finance.
REF (Research Excellence Framework) was an independent government review conducted into the quality of research at UK universities and published in December 2014. This information highlights subjects of specialism within each university. We have listed all subject areas where at least 60% of the research conducted in these specific fields has been graded 3 or 4 stars. (4 stars being the highest ranking REF award). For more information, please visit the REF Information page.
- Anthropology and Development Studies
- Area Studies
- Business and Management Studies
- Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management
- Economics and Econometrics
- Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology
- Mathematical Sciences
- Politics and International Studies
- Social Work and Social Policy and Administration
The only distance learning currently offered by LSE is through its International Programmes which are designed for students not resident in the UK who do not wish to or cannot attend LSE in person. A variety of courses are available, for example 3-8 year BSc courses in Accountancy, Banking, Economics, International Relations, Mathematics & Economics and Politics & International Relations. Also on offer are short 1-2 year Diploma course in most subjects taught at LSE, or a 5 year Diploma in Economics. Finally there is a 6 month to 3 year International Foundation course (the equivalent of UK A-levels) to prepare students for studying at LSE.
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