The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is a world class centre for its concentration of teaching and research across the full range of the social, political and economic sciences. Founded in 1895 by Beatrice and Sidney Webb, LSE has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence.
LSE is an unusual university. Few university institutions in the world are as international. The study of social, economic and political problems covers not only the UK and European Union, but also countries of every continent. From its foundation LSE has aimed to be a laboratory of the social sciences, a place where ideas are developed, analysed, evaluated and disseminated around the globe.
The Library and IT
The Library of the School is the largest in the world devoted exclusively to the social sciences. Founded in 1896, a year after the School, it is also known as the British Library of Political and Economic Science and provides a specialist national and international research collection.
In 2001 architects Foster and Partners redeveloped the Lionel Robbins Building, which houses the Library, into a modern, energy efficient and visually stunning space.
The Library collects material on a worldwide basis, in all major European languages. The extensive collections range from a European Documentation Centre to 90,000 historical pamphlets, with over 95 per cent of Library stock available on open access. 50 kilometres of shelving - enough to stretch the length of the Channel Tunnel! - accommodate over four million printed items including 31,000 past and present journal titles. The Library subscribes to approximately 20,000 e-journals, as part of its electronic information provision.
All collections held at LSE in the Library have been recognised for their outstanding national and international importance and awarded 'Designation' status by the Museums Libraries and Archives Council.
IT Services provides the services, facilities, support and training to support the teaching, learning, research and administrative activities of the School.
Student support and services
LSE provides a range of support services on campus to ensure that the whole student experience is as rewarding and enjoyable as possible.
Student Services Centre
The Student Services Centre (SSC) is your first port of call for all sorts of information relating to your registration and student record. Many offices have drop in sessions where you can get face to face advice, including both Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions.
Disabled students and students with a long-term medical condition or dyslexia
Prospective students are encouraged to make early contact with the Disability and Well-being Office and, where possible, make a preliminary visit to the School. There are advisers for students with mental health and well-being issues, specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, and other disabilities or long term medical conditions.
A Medical Centre is situated at LSE which provides a full NHS services to registered patients and medical care to anyone who becomes ill or needs medical advice while at the LSE campus.
Overseas students on full-time courses lasting six months or longer are eligible to use the National Health Service on the same terms as UK residents. Others are advised to maintain private insurance.
Information about the NHS and how to register/make use of its services is available at lse.ac.uk/medicalCentre
If you live outside the immediate area of the School, including halls of residence in the SE1 postcode, you should register with a local GP.
The School provides a Nursery for children between the ages of six months and five years. There are places for 63 children of students and staff of the School. From year to year, there may be a waiting list.
The Nursery is open for 50 weeks of the year including all term time.
The Chaplaincy exists to provide pastoral care to any student who seeks it and to support religious life and cohesion within the wider LSE community. It holds regular services and special events for the whole School such as the Christmas Carol Service and a Multi-faith Act of Remembrance on Holocaust Memorial Day. The full time chaplain works with an ecumenical Christian team and representatives of the various religious societies of the Students' Union, such as the Islamic, Jewish, Buddhist and Baha'i Societies. The Chaplaincy can be found in Room G9, 20 Kingsway, opposite the Peacock Theatre and there is also a Muslim prayer room in the basement of King's Chambers. In 2013 the Chaplaincy will be moving into a purpose-built Interfaith Prayer Centre in the new Students' Centre.
Advice and counselling
This is a free and confidential service for all LSE students, which aims to help you cope more effectively with any personal or study related difficulties. The Student Counselling Service web page has further information and links to self-help websites for students.
Professional advisers in the SU offer help for students with legal, financial and welfare issues.
The SU advisers can help with a range of issues including landlord and tenant contracts; immigration, including student visa extensions; post study work visas, academic appeals, and general welfare advice.
The Service offers advice on debts, grants, loans and council tax. Hardship funds are also available to help with unexpected medical costs, homelessness, disability, council tax, repeating students' costs, women's right to choose and childcare costs.
A counsellor is also available for students who are concerned about their emotional and mental welfare or who are feeling stressed or depressed.
All services are free of charge and advice and counselling are provided in strict confidence.
Advisers to Male and Female Students
Members of the academic staff act as the advisers to male and female students. They are available to discuss all issues of concern to students in the School, including sexual harassment, and to offer advice and support to students with personal problems.
Student Mentoring Scheme
All new undergraduate students can opt into the Student Mentoring Scheme, which matches new undergraduates with current 'Student Mentors'.
Mentors provide a friendly face for incoming students and information on the wide range of support services available at the School. Student Mentors will contact new students via LSE email in the first instance, and then arrange to meet them in person once they arrive at the School.
Mentors are mainly second and third year undergraduate students. Each prospective mentor attends a training session which includes a workshop on perceptions of mentoring, a guide to support services at the School, and a session on listening skills and referring mentees' problems onto other sources of help.
LSE is seeking to transform the student social experience by building the best students' centre in the world. Housing the Students' Union, the site will become a student hub at the heart of LSE's campus and should add significant value to the student experience at LSE.
The New Students' Centre is scheduled for completion in March 2013 and will include a number of student-facing services such as the Students' Union reception; the advice and representation centre; sabbatical and general manager's offices; a learning space; a pub; large venue spaces; a media centre; a fitness centre, which will include a gym and dance studio; an interfaith prayer centre; and offices dealing with residences and accommodation together with the LSE Careers Service.
As a student at LSE, you will be based in an exciting, vibrant and colourful city. Whatever your interests or appetite you will find something to suit your palate and pocket in this truly international capital.
International in flavour, London is an unparalleled environment in which to live and study. It is a centre for government and law, Europe's leading financial market and a style setting centre of cultural life. Educational benefits include libraries, professional institutes and all the resources of the University of London.
The LSE campus is situated just off Aldwych in central London, and provides a range of academic and support services to its students.
As a student at LSE you will be studying in the heart of a multicultural city alongside students from across the world. Major cultural attractions such as theatreland, the West End, the Royal Opera House, the British Library and British Museum are right on your doorstep. Whether you are into art, architecture, dance, film, music, theatre, sport, shopping or even green spaces and the great outdoors, London really does have it all.
In any one week, London's listing magazines are likely to tell you about:
The School itself offers a very wide range of activities to its students. LSE's weekly Student News lists many public lectures, films and concerts. The Students' Union has its own newspaper, The Beaver, and supports a lively variety of affiliated social, political and ethnic clubs and societies; there are many social events and entertainments throughout the year, at little or no cost.
Our student community
Students who choose LSE are intent on experiencing an active and varied programme. The structure of our degrees emphasises the need for self study and rigorous intellectual skills where an individual student's opinion matters.
The student community at LSE is one of the most internationally diverse in the world, with students from 145 countries living and studying on campus. The School's students are drawn from all over the world, and from all social, educational and ethnic backgrounds. This mix encourages a truly global and international approach to intellectual discovery and academic life at LSE, which cannot be matched elsewhere.
The total student population at LSE is around 8,600 full time and 800 part time, 55 per cent of whom are studying at postgraduate level. Approximately 5,000 new students enrol in September each year. If you are the kind of student who enjoys being challenged - intellectually, socially and personally - then choose LSE.
A degree from LSE is widely recognised internationally the School is heavily targeted by employers, and graduates from LSE are in great demand. All graduates are surveyed six months after they leave LSE and, even at this early stage in their career, the employability of LSE graduates is evident. Our students go on to all sorts of careers. By far the largest single group of graduates went into further academic study or vocational training (mainly for law).
The next largest group is those who work in financial services, mainly as trainee accountants; others work in various aspects of finance, for banks, insurance companies and stockbrokers. However, there is a broad range of employers and types of work represented in our graduate destinations: management trainees (for example, in health and local authorities, retail, media, marketing, transport, engineering, food and drink, software and electronics companies), personnel officers, researchers and analysts, publishers and booksellers, lawyers, charity and social workers and civil servants.
Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at London School of Economics and Political Science!