​The world’s leading dedicated social science institution

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is the world’s foremost dedicated social science institution. The School has a global reputation for academic excellence and cutting-edge research.

140 taught master’s programmes

At master’s level, choose from over 140 taught master’s programmes in a wide range of social science subjects, from international development and economics, human rights and gender, to finance, law, media and communications. Some programmes focus on a particular region of the world or offer a unique perspective on issues, such as the MSc African Development, MSc Women, Peace and Security, and MSc Gender, Policy and Inequalities. PhD programmes are also offered in a range of areas aligned with academic staff research interests.

42 undergraduate degrees 

At undergraduate level, we offer 42 different degree programmes, some of which allow you to combine study in two or more subjects, and all of which ensure you receive a well-rounded social science education. Options include: BA Social Anthropology, BSc Accounting and Finance, LLB Bachelor of Laws, BSc Philosophy, Politics and Economics, BSc Social Policy and BSc Sociology.


Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa

LSE has a long-term commitment to placing Africa at the heart of understanding and debates about global issues. Through the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, we forge new links with African scholars, including the 100 scholars at the School working on Africa, as well as with institutions. This increases the visibility of Africa in the LSE’s teaching, research and policy engagement.

R256-million in funding available each year

LSE aims to enable students with the very best academic potential, and we have a range of scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate study, which are primarily based on financial need.

For study in 2018, funding opportunities for students from South Africa looking to pursue graduate study include: the Ambassador EO Kolade Scholarship, Standard Bank Derek Cooper Africa Scholarships, and the Canon Collins Trust. At undergraduate level, the Pauline Avigès Graham Scholarship for African women is available. Other opportunities include the Commonwealth Scholarships and Chevening Scholarships.

Meet LSE in South Africa this February

LSE will be visiting South Africa in February 2018 and holding public presentations in Johannesburg (February 26), and Cape Town (February 28). This is an excellent opportunity to find out more about our study options, entry requirements, the admissions process, and to ask any questions you might have. 

Contact: Student Marketing and Recruitment, [email protected]

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