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Founded in 1895, LSE is now the world’s leading dedicated social science institution. The School offers a unique opportunity to study in an institution with a worldwide academic reputation, whilst enjoying the cultural and social facilities of London - one of the world’s great capital cities and a focal point of the increasing integration of Europe. LSE itself is extremely cosmopolitan, with well over half our students coming from outside the UK and from over 150 different countries. The student body incorporates a diverse cross-section of experience and beliefs.
The School’s location in central London is fundamental to its identity and reflects the easy interchange of ideas between the School and the world outside. Westminster, Whitehall, the business and financial institutions of the City, the Law courts and the media are all on the School’s doorstep.
LSE is also home to the British Library of Political and Social Science. It is one of the largest libraries in the world devoted exclusively to the economic and social sciences, containing about four million items on open access and 28,000 current journals.
LSE makes available over £7 million annually in financial support for its students. For up to date information, please refer to:
• Graduate – Taught Programmes (Home/EU Countries LSE Based Awards) http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/studentServicesCentre/financialSupportOffice/MScApp/homeCountryBasedAwardsMSc.htm
• Graduate – Taught Programmes (Overseas Countries LSE Based Awards) http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/studentServicesCentre/financialSupportOffice/MScApp/OverseasCountryBasedAwardsMSc.htm
• Graduate – Taught Programmes (Overseas Countries External Awards) http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/studentServicesCentre/financialSupportOffice/MScApp/OverseasAwards.htm
Studying within the Government Department you will have the opportunity to develop specific subject knowledge alongside a set of highly valuable and transferable employability skills, including:
• effective written and verbal communication skills;
• the ability to interpret and present statistical or numerical information;
• the ability to work independently and collaborate with others to achieve common goals;
• strong research skills with the ability to gather, organize and analyze information from a variety of secondary and primary sources in order to construct reasoned arguments;
• the ability to investigate problems and exercise critical judgement when formulating and advocating solutions;
• becoming adept at managing their own learning self-critically and using feedback constructively.
Unsurprisingly, the top employment sector for graduates was regional and national government. Many graduates find positions within the UK Civil Service whilst others can be found working within governments around the world. Popular alternative employment sectors include: media and publishing; consultancy, and banking. Other graduates have opted to transfer the skills developed as a government graduate to other disciplines, for instance, law and journalism.
The Department of Government is one of the largest political science departments in the UK. The Department’s activities cover almost all areas of political studies, and represent a comprehensive range of academic approaches and expertise, including the history of political thought, political philosophy, contemporary political theory (especially public choice), comparative politics and the detailed study of institutions and policy-making in many different areas of the world. In the 2001 national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) the Department achieved a ‘Very Good’ rating (5). Furthermore, it received an approved score of 22 out of 24 in the most recent independent Quality Assurance Agency Teaching Assessment and was ranked 1st in the 2007 Times Good University Guide.
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