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Politics is about power and ideas, and it determines the public life of society. It encompasses a broad spectrum of activities relating to public affairs, from the competition of political parties to the operations of public bureaucracies. In earlier centuries, politics was largely carried on by a relatively small elite, but modern democracy involves the whole population. Because it is at the junction of power and morality, politics has always attracted the attention of philosophers and historians, and its study, originating in Athens in the fourth century BC, is the seed bed of all the social sciences.
Politics graduates are recognised as flexible people who can fit into a variety of positions in modern life. Our former students have followed careers in business and banking, in the law, in local and central government, in teaching and research, in public and university administration, and in journalism and television.
Features of LSE courses
The LSE Government Department, which brings together staff from many parts of the world, covers almost all areas of political studies, and represents a comprehensive range of academic approaches and expertise.
In studying for one of the degrees offered by the Department, you will look at the social and economic context and study public administration and public policy so that you understand how policies are made and implemented, and with what impact. From a philosophic standpoint, you will consider the concepts by which politics is understood and policies justified including ideas such as justice, democracy, liberty and rights. It is important to gain a comparative view of politics in order to understand political society and the way in which power is exercised. You will have the chance to explore the development of politics in a variety of cultures and countries to form the basis for comparative analysis.
Detailed Course FactsApplication deadline January 15 Tuition fee Not specified Start date October 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
- Economics B
- Basic Quantitative Methods or Quantitative Methods (Mathematics)* and Quantitative Methods (Statistics)*
- LSE100 (Lent Term only)
- Introduction to Political Science
- Introduction to Political Theory
- An outside option
- Microeconomic Principles
- Macroeconomic Principles
- Introduction to Political Theory or Introduction to Political Science (if not taken in the first year) or government option
- Public Choice and Politics
- LSE100 (Michaelmas Term only)
- Two government options
- One economics option
- One government, economics or outside option
Your study begins with basic courses in each subject, including a mathematics course (the choice of course depends on your previous knowledge of mathematics: for students without A Level Mathematics, it is strongly recommended that they take a specially designed statistics course in order to bring them up to the required level for further study).
Second and third years
You combine advanced study of optional government subjects with compulsory courses in Microeconomic Principles and Macroeconomic Principles, Public Choice and Politics, and a further range of options in both subjects. One option from another subject is possible.
English Language Requirements
IELTS band : 7 CAE score : 80(Grade A) TOEFL paper-based test score : 627 TOEFL iBT® test : 107
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test. More About IELTS
Course requirement: GCSE Mathematics, grade B or above. A level or International Baccalaureate Higher level Mathematics is desirable
Usual standard offer: A level: grades A A BInternational Baccalaureate: Diploma with 37 points including 6 6 6 at Higher level
Other qualifications are considered.
English language requirements
Although it is not necessary to have the required grade in an acceptable English Language qualification when you make your application to LSE, if you are made an offer of a place and English is not your mother tongue, it is likely that you would be asked to obtain an acceptable English Language qualification as a condition of your offer.
The following qualifications are acceptable to LSE:
- GCSE English Language with a grade B or better.
- International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) English as a First Language with a grade B or better including the Speaking and Listening coursework component (Edexcel) or grade 2 in the optional speaking test (CIE).
- International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) academic test with a score of 7.0 in all four components.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 627 in the paper test including 5.5 in writing and 50 in TSE, or 107 in the internet based test with a minimum of 25 out of 30 in each of the four skills.
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with grade B or better.
- Cambridge Advanced Certificate of English (CACE) with a grade A.
- Cambridge English Language (1119) conducted overseas by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate: B4 or better.
- O level (1120 Brunei, 1125 Mauritius A, 1127 Singapore) grade B or better.
- Singapore Integrated Programme (IP) Secondary 4 English Language grade B or better.
- Pearson Test of English (General) with a distinction at level 5 in both the written and the oral test.
If students offer the IGCSE in English as a First Language or O level (other than those specified above) and have been educated in the medium of English during their five most recent years of study (prior to 1 September 2011), then we will accept the qualification as sufficient evidence of English Language proficiency.
Please note that test scores must be achieved from one sitting of the relevant qualification. We will not accept individual component scores from multiple tests
No work experience is required.
- Academic Excellence Scholarship
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
- Access Bursary
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
- Alumni Bursary
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than London School of Economics and Political Science.
Financial support for 2011 entry
The School recognises that the cost of living in London may be higher than in your home town or country. Government support, in the form of loans and grants, is available to UK and some EU students, while LSE provides generous financial support, in the form of bursaries and scholarships to UK, EU and overseas students.
for students from England
Student loan for maintenance
The student loan for maintenance helps students pay living costs during term times and holidays. The maximum loan available for students studying in London and living away from their parents' home is currently £6,928.
The means-tested maintenance grant (currently worth up to £2,906) also helps students with living expenses during their time at university. The amount a student is eligible to receive is assessed by Student Finance England. The grant does not have to be repaid.
Special Support Grant
The special support grant replaces the maintenance grant for some students who during the course of the academic year, meet the conditions for being a 'prescribed person' under the income support or housing benefit regulations. Students who are likely to qualify include:
- Single parents
- Other student parents if they have a partner who is also a student
- Students with certain disabilities
Other students may be eligible for the Special Support Grant. You don't necessarily have to receive or even have applied for Income Support or Housing Benefit.
for students from elsewhere in the UK
Different financial support packages are available for students from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Students from these countries should refer to one of the following websites:
Student Finance Wales
Student Awards Agency Scotland
Student Finance Northern Ireland
for EU students
Students from the EU are not usually eligible for UK Government financial support. However, EU nationals (or children of EU nationals) who have lived in the UK or islands for three years before the start of their course (ie, since 1 September 2008 for a course starting on 1 September 2011) may now qualify for a student loan and grants.
for overseas students
Students from outside the EU are not eligible to apply for UK Government funds. However, there is a range of funding available for overseas students from external agencies, bodies or your home government, details of which are available from your home government or nearest British Council office (www.britishcouncil.org/learning), or UKCISA (www.ukcisa.org.uk).
LSE financial support
for UK students
The LSE Bursary is available for students from low-income backgrounds (from England and Wales) and is worth up to £7,500 over a three-year programme. The value of the LSE Bursary is linked to students' (or their family's) income levels, which will be assessed when calculating the maintenance grant. The maximum LSE Bursary of £2,500 per year is awarded to those students with the lowest residual income. These Bursaries do not have to be repaid.
LSE Discretionary Bursary
The LSE Discretionary Bursary is available for new LSE students (from the UK and the EU) who face exceptional financial needs, including, for example, caring responsibilities, financial need related to disability or an unavoidable requirement to live at home. The value of the award may vary according to need. These Bursaries do not have to be repaid.
Each year LSE awards a number of scholarships - funded by private or corporate donation - to UK applicants to the School. The number, value, eligibility criteria and type of awards vary from year to year. Awards are made on the basis of financial need and academic merit.
Four Stelios scholarships, currently worth £5,444 per year, are available for UK students applying for business subjects at LSE.
Access to Learning funds
Registered UK students from low-income households can apply directly to LSE for Access to Learning funds. These funds are designed for students who may need extra financial support for their course, and are provided by the Government to assist with living expenses.
for EU students
LSE Discretionary Bursary
The LSE discretionary bursary is available to EU students. For information about this bursary and how to apply, please see the section on LSE financial support for UK students.
LSE offers a number of undergraduate scholarships of varying amounts each year to EU students.
Six Stelios scholarships, currently worth £5,444 per year, are available for EU students applying for business subjects at LSE.
for overseas students
LSE undergraduate support scheme
The LSE undergraduate support scheme (USS) is designed to help overseas students who do not have the necessary funds to meet all their costs of study. In 2008, the School disbursed nearly £1 million in entrance awards available to self-financing students of all nationalities. This financial aid is available only for study at LSE. If you are made an offer of admission, we will advise you on how to apply to the USS online. This system is able to provide an immediate indication of an applicant's eligibility for assistance. In the first instance, you will be assessed on the basis of your financial circumstances. Awards are renewable for each year of your course. Applications will be considered between the end of February and the middle of August.
The School offers a limited number of undergraduate scholarships of varying amounts each year for overseas students.