London School of Economics and Political Science

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1895

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The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the foremost social science universities in the world, specialising in a wide range of social science disciplines, including economics, politics, sociology, law and anthropology.

It was founded in the late 1800s by Fabian Society members Beatrice and Sidney Webb, Graham Wallas and George Bernard Shaw for the purpose of bettering society, ‘by studying poverty issues and analysing inequalities.’

The philosopher Bertrand Russell taught there in 1895-96 and 1937-38, helping to define the LSE’s ethos. In 1900, it joined the federal University of London and has remained a member ever since, rapidly expanding to its current position near Aldwych in central London, where King George V laid the first stone of its 'Old Building' in 1920.

The LSE boasts associations with 16 Nobel Prize winners and counts 37 past or present world leaders among its alumni. Bertrand Russell received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950, recognising his writing on ‘humanitarian ideals and freedom of thought’, while Mick Jagger attended as an undergraduate in 1961, dropping out after a year to form the Rolling Stones.

British Prime Minister Clement Attlee was an assistant lecturer there in 1912 and one of the first teachers in the new Department of Social Science and Administration. Lord Beveridge separately was appointed director of the LSE in 1937, later authoring the famous Beveridge Report, a cornerstone of the UK’s welfare state.

The LSE students’ union has twice courted controversy in the past half century, first in a series of riots in 1967 to protest the appointment of director Sir Walter Adams, who had worked as a principal in Zimbabwe under white rule. And again in 1989, when students elected Winston Silcott as their honorary president, after Silcott’s murder conviction (later overturned) during London’s infamous Broadwater Farm riot.

Today, the LSE is world-renowned. Home to 9,600 full time students from some 140 countries, it maintains international partnerships with Columbia University in New York, Sciences Po in Paris, Peking University in Beijing, the National University of Singapore and the University of Cape Town.

 

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Category of Education Business and Economics, Social Science, Law, Physical Science, Arts and Humanities, Psychology
Sectors Manufacturing, Construction, Information and communication, Financial and insurance, Professional, scientific and technical activities, Public administration and defence, Education, Human health and social work, Arts, entertainment

Location

United Kingdom
Houghton Street, London , WC2A 2AE, London, United Kingdom

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Good academics, teaching standards and career prospects in general. Lack of focus on student well being with a lot under high levels of stress. Also a lot more funding could be given to societies to help run events.

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It's a decent uni but like I hate the student life here. I came to this uni a normal person but now 2 years later I'm getting treatment for depression. Career prospects are good but it's really hard to make friends. I wish I went to less...

It's a decent uni but like I hate the student life here. I came to this uni a normal person but now 2 years later I'm getting treatment for depression. Career prospects are good but it's really hard to make friends. I wish I went to less competitive uni where people were less about themselves.

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The diversity of the societies and activities at the university and the vast range of events that are organised for our benefit is overwhelming. It is a very friendly and productive environment with a supportive pressure to perform well and a...

The diversity of the societies and activities at the university and the vast range of events that are organised for our benefit is overwhelming. It is a very friendly and productive environment with a supportive pressure to perform well and a very career-driven atmosphere.

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Studying my MSc at LSE was one of the most enriching experiences from which I developed myself. The professors and the quality of the lessons are on top levels. If you get accepted to this University you should definitely accept it. You'll meet...

Studying my MSc at LSE was one of the most enriching experiences from which I developed myself. The professors and the quality of the lessons are on top levels. If you get accepted to this University you should definitely accept it. You'll meet people from all over the world, you'll be able to do tons of activities in and out the campus and you'll have the most amazing time in Central London. The exams and projects are very demanding but as long as you are proactive and study very hard since day 1 you'll be able to achieve great results. LSE provides a lot of activities throughout the year for its students as well as events and conferences from renowned people around the world. You can join students' societies, sports' clubs, or you can even create your own association! LSE provides a lot of discounts as well for its students and inside the campus there are several restaurants for accessible prices. Professors are very accessible and you can visit them whenever you need to (with appointments). The library is amazing and you'll have access to the best materials to work on essays, projects or exams. It is one of the best libraries for social sciences in the world. As the campus is located in Central London, you'll be able to do a lot of activities and visit all the touristic places. Overall, LSE will not disappoint you at all. It is a great opportunity to develop and to always be challenged to achieve better while having a great time!

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Lecturers are generally very good at their role and available to provide support when needed. Most lectures are conveniently recorded and can be accessed at any time. There is a strong focus on career development at LSE with plenty of career and...

Lecturers are generally very good at their role and available to provide support when needed. Most lectures are conveniently recorded and can be accessed at any time. There is a strong focus on career development at LSE with plenty of career and networking opportunities. Facilities are modern and its location in Central London, close to other London universities, is fantastic. However, be aware that living in the city is expensive!

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Best uni especially for career prospect and academia, variety of opportunities for careers, self-improvements, academia and socialising. Some departments like law also has their own common room whilst others gather in the library

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Despite low student satisfaction ratios, I think the LSE dealt with the covid situation effectively. It provided me with a lot of professional opportunities which helped me secure a very competitive job in one of the best banks in the industry....

Despite low student satisfaction ratios, I think the LSE dealt with the covid situation effectively. It provided me with a lot of professional opportunities which helped me secure a very competitive job in one of the best banks in the industry. The counselling and advice offered through various societies were remarkable and student facilities were great. The centre building along with the LSE library were my favourite spots to both hang out and study on campus. My degree was very challenging but there was always academic help available. The only thing LSE should work on is their mental health counselling service. It is very hard to get appointments unless one mentions that they're feeling suicidal. There is often a huge wait on getting appointments and I think it is best if LSE does something about it.

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A great, diverse university with several budding Financial and Political sphere leaders. Whilst professors are great some teachers struggle to teach effectively as most of them are research students in their Masters/PhD years. School cafeterias...

A great, diverse university with several budding Financial and Political sphere leaders. Whilst professors are great some teachers struggle to teach effectively as most of them are research students in their Masters/PhD years. School cafeterias have been improving but still lack the quality of catering in other prominent London universities. Accommodations are great. Career services are only useful to a certain extent, never come with the expectation that you're guaranteed a job if you attend LSE ( especially if you're not from the UK)

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Was between this program and an MBA in the US! I feel lucky to have selected LSE! Exceeded my expectations!! Over enjoyed my 1-year program and definitely recommend it to anyone interested! It is surely one of the top Universities in the World!!

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I am going to enter my third year studying at LSE and so far, it’s been really good! There have been a variety of modules from LSE100 to the modules specific to my degree and each has been interesting. There is lots of support from the careers...

I am going to enter my third year studying at LSE and so far, it’s been really good! There have been a variety of modules from LSE100 to the modules specific to my degree and each has been interesting. There is lots of support from the careers department and loads of societies to join! However, there is a lot of construction work going on at the moment on campus so it can be quite loud but aside from that, it’s been great!

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