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London School of Economics

Officially the London School of Economics and Political Science, the London School of Economics is a public university and was founded in 1895 by some members of the Fabian society Beatrice Webb, George Bernard Shaw, Sidney Webb and Graham Wallas for the sole purpose of improving the society. LSE joined the University of London in 1900 and awarded degrees under it. Located in Westminster, central London in a place known historically as the Clare market, LSE has a total of 3,300 staff and over 11,000 students where 70% are international students making LSE the second of all world universities with the highest ranking of international students. LSE is ranked second in the world QS rankings, in THE rankings, LSE came seventh and in the Academic Ranking of World Universities, LSE came eight.

Why Study at London School of Economics

Studying at LSE provides one with lots of opportunities to be challenged socially, intellectually and personally plus you will get to study at one of the top universities in the world and probably the best for pure and applied social sciences. LSE gives one the chance and avenue to meet with world-class professors and interact with students from all walks of life; to experience the ‘the real world’. Students have availed the opportunity to carry out researches to foster teaching and learning in a conducive environment. Do you want to enjoy some beautiful landscape and state-of-the-art architecture? LSE is the place to be.

Admission Information for Prospective Students

Application received is considered meticulously based on individual differences, starting from the information supplied on the UCAS form. Applicants are expected to have a minimum of grade B in the GSCE English Language and Mathematics or its equivalent. Multiple A grades give one a high chance of being considered and are encouraged.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements differ according to the level of study and the preferred course of study. Generally, prospective students are to show proficiency in English language. Applications are considered on individual academic merit and should be done as early as possible.

For those who obtained their first degree outside the UK, a minimum score of 70% or a minimum of 3.5 cumulative grade point average.

For a master’s degree, an applicant must have acquired a first or upper second class honors from a UK university or its equivalent from a known non-UK university.

For an MPhil/PhD, a masters degree from a UK university or its equivalent from a non-UK university.

For an MRes/PhD, following a successful application, ones entry qualification decides the track to be followed.

LSE receives applications from UCAS and will not consider non-UCAS applications.

Also ensure that your documents are properly uploaded to avoid rejection.

Scholarships for International Students, Worth of Scholarship and Eligibility Criteria.

Before applying, candidates must sure they have been accepted into the university and ensure that forms are correctly filled out. Also, it is advisable that you apply early.

  • Firoz and Najama Foundation Scholarship is for Belize and Ugandan students willing to pursue a master’s programme. Worth £8,000 and is awarded per session. Non-Belize and Ugandan applicants are considered when there are no applicants from the designated places.
  • Graduate Support Scheme Scholarship worth £5,000 to £15,000. Exempted are those undertaking a particular modular or executive programme.
  • Francesca Swirski Scholarship at £9,500 annually for a student from specific EU country on any programme of choice.
  • Kadas Scholarship with just a slot at £15,000 per year for students from specific European country.
  • LSE Stellos Scholarship with five slots for students from UK, Greece and Cyprus for business related programmes.
  • New Futures Fund Studentships is awarded based on need and there are unlimited slots for UK and EU students on any programme they decide to pursue.
  • The Beacon Scholarship at London School of Economics is available for students from Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya to study for any undergraduate degree. It has but a slot.
  • Pestalozzi International Village Trust Scholarships cover the full tuition fee and living costs. With just two slots, it is for overseas students studying at Sussex Coast College, Hastings or Claremont Secondary School.
  • Undergraduate Support Scheme is awarded based on need and comes with multiple slots for any student wishing to pursue an undergraduate degree.
  • LSE Access to Education Scholarships for asylum seekers or a refugee or someone with humanitarian protection or a resident of the UK who has been granted a discretionary or limited leave to remain in the UK.

Cost of Living

LSE estimates close to £1,300 per month and £15,600 annually and is expected to cover traveling, feeding, laundry, and other expenses. But of course, It all depends on one’s style of living and is advisable that efforts are made to ensure that there is a possible source of income and how often one spends his/her money should be critically evaluated.


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