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The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

The London School of Economics and Political Science

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) offers you the opportunity to study the social sciences in an institution with a worldwide academic reputation, while enjoying the cultural, social and recreational facilities of one of the world’s greatest capital cities.

The School is a place of genuine intellectual excitement and cutting-edge research. In the most recent national Research Excellence Framework (REF) we had the highest percentage of world-leading research of any university in the United Kingdom.

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Postgraduate study

Our postgraduate programmes are designed for students who want to engage critically with their chosen discipline and apply their learning to real world situations. Our programmes are shaped to equip you, professionally and personally, for whatever you want to do afterwards.

You’ll be exposed to state-of-the-art social sciences research, and the very academics who have carried out that research. You’ll have the opportunity to pursue your interests in an intellectually stimulating and challenging environment.

Whichever programme you choose, you’ll have access to a range of support, both within your department and beyond, that will enable you to make the most of your LSE education and help you develop life-long skills and knowledge.

Student life

The character of LSE is inseparable from its location. Situated in central London, the School is located in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Only a short distance from Europe’s financial, legal and cultural centres, LSE stands at the crossroads of international debate. This is fundamental to our identity as an outward-looking institution with an active involvement in UK and world affairs. 

Our student community is one of the most internationally diverse in the world, with students from over 140 countries registered each year. This mix encourages a truly international approach to intellectual discovery and academic life which cannot be matched elsewhere. 

The School has one of the most prestigious public events programmes in the world. Leading figures from all walks of life have spoken at LSE, including Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Amartya Sen, Christine Lagarde, Bill Gates, Helen Clark and George Soros.

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Financial support

LSE offers generous financial support to its postgraduate students each year. Awards range from a contribution to tuition fees to full coverage of all expenses.

Careers

A degree from LSE is widely recognised throughout the world. The School has produced over 35 world leaders and heads of state, 18 Nobel Prize Winners, and a host of alumni who are well known nationally and internationally

Many leading organisations give careers presentations at the School during the year, and LSE Careers has a wide range of resources available to assist you in your job search. Find out more about the support available to students through LSE Careers.

How to apply

Applications can be submitted online from mid-October in the year prior to entry and are considered on a rolling basis until all the available places are filled.



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Why LSE?

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.

Financial Support

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

Careers

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.

Departmental Facts

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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Dynamic and innovative, the Department of International History at LSE is a leading, globally renowned institution for the study of the history of international relations. The Department prides itself on its outstanding track record in groundbreaking research and offers graduate students in-depth specialist courses, based upon the very latest scholarly findings. As the foremost European institution for international history studies, the Department offers a wide range of courses in contemporary history, with particular expertise on the Cold War, US Foreign Policy, the Middle East, the First World War, Russia and Empires, as well as courses on Early Modern Europe. With its friendly atmosphere, combined with the highest standards in historical study, the Department of International History offers students an unparalleled chance to study with some of the best historians in the world.

A master's programme in the International History Department offers unrivalled access to a Faculty team who are internationally lauded experts in their fields. Senior specialists in the Department include:

- Professor Dominic Lieven: The winner of the 2010 Wolfson Prize and internationally acclaimed expert in Russian history and Napoleon
- Professor Arne Westad: The globally renowned expert on the Cold War and winner of the Bancroft Prize and the Bernath Prize
- Professor David Stevenson: The foremost international historian of the First World War
- Professor Paul Preston: The pre-eminent historian of the Spanish Civil War

All graduate students are taught in small group seminars based on research-driven teaching of the highest standard. Graduate students are also provided with regular one-to-one supervision by a Faculty member of staff who advises them on researching and writing their master's thesis, as well as with one-to-one academic advice throughout the year. Individual academic progress is closely monitored and each student receives one-to-one guidance in their decision-making regarding their course choices and their future careers.

The Department also has two renowned research centre affiliates at LSE: the Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies and the IDEAS Centre for the study of International Affairs, Diplomacy and Grand Strategy. The partnership with the IDEAS Centre places the LSE International History Department at the heart of the relationship between historical analysis and contemporary political decision-making. The International History Department also attracts leading visiting scholars, in conjunction with IDEAS through the prestigious Philippe Roman chair in History and International Affairs: in 2010-2011, this chair is held by Professor Niall Ferguson of Harvard University. Previous holders include Professor Paul Kennedy and Professor Chen Jian. The Department also annually hosts an outstanding German history professor in conjunction with the German Historical Institute, London – in 2010-2011, this position is held by Professor Christoph Cornelissen from Kiel University.

A graduate degree from LSE enhances access to the leading employment recruiters in both London and overseas. Our graduate students go on to a wide range of careers in many sectors. Among those which are particularly popular with our alumni are: law, journalism, policy-making, academia, foreign affairs and political administration.

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Why LSE?
Founded in 1895, LSE is one of the world’s leading social science institutions. 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. LSE itself is extremely cosmopolitan, with a student populace drawn from over 150 different countries. As a result, 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, 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 journals.

The IR department at LSE is one of the oldest in the world. Since its foundation over seventy-five years ago, it has gained a global reputation in the field of IR theory. The Department was awarded a rating of 'Excellent' (5) in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and achieved 22/24 in the most recent Quality Assurance Agency Teaching Assessment. Current professors in the department include Chris Brown, Barry Buzan, Christopher Coker, Michael Cox, Fred Halliday, Kim Hutchings and John Sidel, while the Department as a whole contains an unrivalled range in both explanatory and normative theory. Students will get the chance to work alongside leading figures in the discipline in tackling some of the world’s most important concerns.

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The Department of Management provides a world class environment for multidisciplinary research on management issues as well as a deep insight into the functioning of the global business environment. Our objective is to be the premier management department in Europe and one of the top departments in the world in both teaching and research.

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The European Institute (EI) was created in 1991 to be a primary focus for the inter-disciplinary study of processes of integration and fragmentation within Europe. Its disciplinary range is unrivalled. It currently has 25 academic members of staff drawn from the fields of politics, economics, geography, history, political economy, law, philosophy, and international relations.

It has prioritised three themes in its work that it considers cutting-edge and important, and which could not be fully studied within a Department with a single disciplinary process:

EU Politics, Law and Policy, in particular EU policy-making and the Europeanisation of domestic processes both within and beyond the EU's borders.

European Ideas and Identities, notably central tenets of European belief and the boundaries of Europe.

European Political Economy, in particular the political economy of economic integration and structures and reforms present in contemporary Europe.

The Institute offers six Masters programmes and an extensive doctoral programme. It currently has one of the largest cohorts of European studies students anywhere in the world with over 200 Masters students and 40 doctoral students from around the world.

The Institute is outward looking. It has strong links with other LSE departments, most notably the Government and International Relations Departments. It has also developed a number of collaborative links with international partners, most notably Sciences Po with whom it has a joint degree.

The EI is a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence.

The final hallmark of the Institute is a strong public profile, making the LSE one of the leading platforms in the European Union for informed public discussion about the history and identity of Europe, and the policy challenges confronting the EU and its member states. The Institute hosts over 50 events a year, with an outstanding cast list of high-level speakers from politics, public administration, academia and the media, including presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers, finance ministers, EU commissioners, and heads of European agencies and the EU institutions, along with distinguished scholars and influential commentators.

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