University of Greenwich campus

London School of Economics and Political Science

We are a world-leading university, dedicated to the social sciences.

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LSE is a global community of people and ideas in the heart of central London. We’re a specialist social sciences university, ranking sixth in the world in the QS subject rankings 2023 and as the top university in London in the Complete University Guide 2024 and Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023.

Our ambition today is to be the leading social science university with the greatest global impact. We help students prepare for bright futures in world-changing roles. A rigorous social science education is designed to stretch students intellectually through specialist undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, executive education, distance learning and summer schools.

LSE students are members of one of the largest economic and social science libraries in the world. Our initiatives provide academic, personal and professional support for students too. LSE academics conduct social science research that makes a lasting impact on society. This means students are taught by academics that regularly advise international bodies and governments, and who are also vocal in the media on current news.

As a student at LSE, you will be based in the centre of London, an exciting, vibrant and colourful city. Our compact campus is packed full of facilities and services to make the most of your time here, while also giving you easy access to all that London has to offer.

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International students

We are committed to building a vibrant, equitable and truly inclusive environment for staff and students from all over the world.

With students from over 140 different countries and 40% of staff from outside of the UK, LSE is a highly diverse community.

This diversity encourages social, economic, and political discussions from a global perspective, informed by the different experiences, views and beliefs of our staff and student body.

Quick Facts

We are ranked the top university in London by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024, Guardian Best UK Universities Guide 2024, and for the 12th year running, by the Complete University Guide 2024.
LSE’s Students’ Union has over 200 societies and over 40 sports clubs.
We are ranked 6th in the world for social science and management subjects in the QS World and Subject Rankings 2024.
LSE counts 18 Nobel Prize Winners among our staff and former students.
In 2021 LSE became the first Carbon Neutral verified university in the UK.
Over 40 world leaders have studied or taught at LSE.
LSE’s library is one of the largest social science libraries in Europe. It has designated status as the British Library of Political and Economic Science from Arts Council England.
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