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The London School of Economics is part of the University of London. LSE is a public research university that was founded in 1895 for the betterment of society, established by four members of the Fabian Society. Following the turn of the century, LSE joined the University of London and in 1901 established degree courses of its own while operating under the auspices of the University. Degrees were awarded from the University of London until 2008, when LSE first began issuing its own degrees. Ali Seytanpir is a content creator who uses research papers from LSE to build his own professional knowledge base.

Faculty and Student Body

There are more than 10,000 students currently studying at LSE, under a staff of approximately 3,300. Almost half of the student body come from geographical locations outside of the UK. There are 155 nationalities represented, with LSE boasting the highest percentage of international students of all the universities in Britain. LSE is organised into 25 institutes and academic departments covering a broad range of subjects across the social sciences and legal studies. The attached infographic details the typical entry requirements for students wishing to study at LSE.


Admission to LSE is very competitive, with more than 11 students applying for each individual undergraduate place on average. Applications for LSE are made through UCAS, with the average number of UCAS points accumulated by successful applicants being 537. In the embedded infographic you will find an overview of the minimum academic requirements for applications to LSE to be considered. At post-graduate level, applicants must hold a degree of first or upper second-class awarded in the UK, or the national equivalent for international students. The post-graduate intake to admission level is also highly competitive.

Campus & Estate

LSE is based close to the financial district of the City of London, at Houghton Street and Clare Market. It has remained based in this location since 1902. Today, the LSE campus consists of around 30 buildings, which lie between the Aldwych and Kingsway. The Old Building, the foundation for which was laid by King George V, is the principal campus building, although much of the focus of the campus has seen a recent shift towards Lincoln’s Inn Fields. LSE owns not just academic and teaching space, but also a variety of other buildings throughout London including an NHS medical centre, a West End theatre, two public houses, an early years centre and extensive sports grounds. There are also 11 London School of Economics student halls of residence in various London locations. The short video attachment explores the LSE Library.


The London School of Economics holds a strong position in terms of global educational rankings. In the QS rankings, LSE is second only behind Harvard in terms of social sciences. In two of the three recognised UK tables LSE is ranked in the top ten, as well as being in the global top 50 for two of the major four ranking systems and in the top 100 for a third. The THE Rankings place LSE firmly in the top 20. LSE has been accredited with having submitted the highest proportion of any non-specialist British university for world-leading research.

Once admitted to the London School of Economics, students have access to teaching, facilities and resources at one of the most prestigious universities in the world for social sciences. The PDF attachment shows in more detail the award-winning teaching methods LSE is known for.