Academic Ranking of World Universities

London School of Economics and Political Science
English Name: London School of Economics and Political Science
Region: Northern Europe
Country/Region: UK
Found Year: 1895
Address: Houghton Street

Vision and strategy

LSE is a specialist university with an international intake and a global reach. Its research and teaching span the full breadth of the social sciences, from economics, politics and law to sociology, anthropology, accounting and finance. LSE was founded in 1895 by four idealistic young members of the Fabian Society for the "betterment of society". It adopted as its motto the Latin phrase rerum cognoscere causas, which means to know the causes of things. As of 2015, 16 Nobel Prize winners have studied or taught at LSE.

The desire to bring academic expertise to bear on the problems of society motivated the founders of LSE and underpins the School's vision and strategy today.

The School’s vision is:

·         to deliver challenging, stimulating, research led degree programmes in an environment that supports learning and develops independent thinking among our students

·         to ensure that its research and teaching remain at the forefront of the social sciences, addressing the evolving challenges of society

·         to be among the most internationally-oriented centres of social science excellence in the world and

·         to extend its engagement with society across its full academic portfolio and in key regions of the world. This vision for the future is underpinned by three priorities for the School – all of which will be tackled with equal commitment.

Teaching and student experience

Students at LSE receive research-led teaching from an internationally renowned academic staff. At the heart of this is intellectual challenge. Through exposure to the latest developments in social science and to the thinking of visiting world leaders, business figures and academics in debates and public lectures, students are challenged and inspired by LSE's vision of intellectual excellence combined with real-world engagement.


LSE is currently focusing on increasing contact hours between permanent academic staff and undergraduate students; reducing postgraduate class sizes; improving teaching quality; and improving staff and student contact and student satisfaction levels in relation to the academic experience, including Library and IT services. It will also continue to improve its estate, in particular through the opening in 2014 of an exciting new student building.


LSE is a world leader in social science research. The School protects theoretical research and encourages "blue skies" research while promoting dynamic engagement with the wider society.


The UK Research Assessment Exercise in 2014 revealed LSE is the top university in the UK based on the proportion of ‘world leading’ (4*) research produced. LSE is also the top university for impact in its social science disciplines, whether judged on Grade Point Average or the proportion of research impact awarded 4*.

LSE is currently focusing on increasing the amount of research funding, especially from peer-reviewed external sources, and improving the quality of research space.


LSE is an outward-facing university, constantly engaged with the big policy issues of the day and communities around the world. Its academics are frequently to be found in the media, commenting on issues from the global economy to the government of London. Many serve on government panels and advise international organisations, businesses and charities.


The public lectures programme at LSE embodies the School's engagement agenda and caters to the thirst for informed debate. Global leaders in politics, business and the academic world come to LSE to discuss the issues of the day. LSE also runs a prestigious executive education programme, with summer schools in London and Beijing and a July school in Cape Town offering intensive courses.

The School is also committed to widening participation in higher education, through engagement with secondary schools and their pupils throughout London.


LSE is seeking to promote knowledge exchange by "translating" academic research into accessible formats, targeting its public lectures to key audiences and developing online methods of dissemination. LSE will also continue to develop its network of institutional partnerships overseas.

Total Enrollment:8896
           International Students:5888(66%)
Undergraduate Enrollment:3913
           International Students:1774(45%)
Graduate Enrollment:4983
           International Students:4114(83%)

Undergraduate Programs
           Accounting and Finance
           Accounting and Financial Management 
           Actuarial Science
           Anthropology and Law
           Applicable Mathematics
           Business Thematics and Statistics 
           Economic History
           Economics and Economic History
           European Institute 
           Financial Mathematics
           Gender Institute
           Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
           International Relations
           International Relations and History
           International Accounting and Finance 
           Management Sciences
           Mathematics with Economics
           Option Availability
           Philosophy and Economics
           Philosophy,Logicand Scientific Method
           Politics and Philosophy
           Politics and Philosophy
           Social Policy and Criminology
           Social Policy and Economics
           Social Policy and Sociology
           Social Policy with Government
           Social Anthropology
           Statistics with Finance.
Graduate Programs
           Affaires Internationales
           Anthropology and Development
           Anthropology and Development
           Anthropology and Development 
           Applicable Mathematics  
           Banking Law and Financial Regulation 
           Biomedicine, Bioscience and Society 
           China In Comparative Perspective 
           City Design and Social Science 
           Comparative Politics (Various Streams) 
           Corporate and Securities Law 
           Corporate And/Or Commercial Law 
           Criminal Justice Policy 
           Criminology and Criminal Justice 
           Culture and Society 
           Demography/Population Studies 
           Development Management
           Development Studies
           Development Studies
           Economics and Philosophy 
           Economic History
           Economic Sociology
           Empires, Colonialism and Globalization
           Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour
           Environment and Development
           Environment and Development
           Environment and Development 
           Environmental Economics and Climate Change
           Environmental Policy and Regulation 
           European Ideas and Identities 
           European Institute 
           European Law 
           European Political Economy
           European Political Economy 
           European Public and Economic Policy 
           European Social Policy 
           European Studies: Ideas and Identities 
           European Studies 
           Eu Politics, Law and Policy
           Finance and Economics 
           Finance and Private Equity
           Financial Mathematics 
           Gender and Social Policy
           Gender, Development and Globalisation 
           Gender, Media and Culture 
           Gender, Media and Culture 
           Gender, Policy and Inequalities 
           Global History
           Global Media and Communications
           Global Politics
           Global Politics and Civil Society 
           Health, Community and Development
           Health, Population and Society 
           Health, Population and Society 
           Health Economics, Policy and Management
           Health Policy, Planning and Financing 
           History Of International Relations
           Human Geography Research 
           Human Rights 
           Human Rights Law 
           Information Systems and Innovation
           Information Technology, Media and Communications Law 
           Intellectual Property Law 
           International Affairs
           International Business Law 
           International Development
           International Development 
           International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management 
           International Health Policy 
           International Health Policy (Health Economics) 
           International Management 
           International Political Economy
           International Relations
           International Relations and History
           International Relations Theory
           International Strategy and Diplomacy
           Labour Law 
           Law, Anthropology and Society 
           Legal Theory 
           Local Economic Development 
           Lse-Peking University Double International Affairs
           Lse-Pku Double Degree In Public Administration and Government 
           Management and Economics 
           Management and Human Resources 
           Management and Regulation of Risk 
           Management and Strategy
           Management, Information Systems and Innovation
           Management, Organisations and Governance 
           Management Science
           Management Science 
           Master Of International Studies At The Elliott School Of International Affairs
           Mathematics and Economics 
           Mathematics with Economics 
           Media and Communications
           Media and Communications 
           Media, Communication and Development 
           Media & Communications
           Ngos and Development 
           Organisational and Social Psychology
           Organisational Behaviour 
           Phd Programme In Human Geography 
           Phd Programme In Planning Studies 
           Philosophy and Public Policy 
           Philosophy and Public Policy Career Placement
           Philosophy Of Science 
           Philosophy Of The Social Sciences 
           Philosophy Of The Social Sciences Career Placement
           Political Economy of Late Development and The Mpa International Development
           Political Economy Of Late Development
           Political Economy Of Late Development 
           Political Science and Political Economy 
           Political Science 
           Political Theory and Political Theory 
           Politics and Communication 
           Politics and Government In The European Union
           Politics and Government In The European Union 
           Politics and Government In The European Union 
           Politics Sociology
           Population and Development
           Population and Development
           Population and Development 
           Public and Economic Policy 
           Public and Social Policy
           Public International Law 
           Public Law 
           Public Management and Governance 
           Public Policy and Administration
           Public Policy and Management
           Race, Ethnicity and Post Colonial Studies 
           Real Estate Economics and Finance  
           Regional and Urban Planning Studies 
           Risk & Stochastics
           Social and Cultural Psychology
           Social and Public Communication
           Social Anthropology 
           Social Policy and Development 
           Social Policy and Planning 
           Social Policy 
           Social Policy 
           Social Research Methods 
           Social Research Methods (Social Policy) 
           Sociology of Crime, Control and Globalisation 
           Theory and History of International Relations
           Theory and History of International Relations
           Urbanisation and Development
           Urbanisation and Development
           Urbanisation and Development 
           Urban Policy

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