LSE Update – 2015

LSE Visit

  • London School of Economics 30% and Political Science 70%

  • Dedicated social science institutions

  • No transfers when you’re in

  • Founded 1895

  • Founded by Fabians – Webbs, GB Shaw

  • “for the betterment of society”

  • Training policy makers of tomorrow

  • Part of University of London

  • 10.8k students in Uni London totally

  • Compact city centre locations

  • LSE degree

  • Research-led institutions

  • 52% female

  • Accomodation within walking distance

  • Lively, cosmopolitan

  • Only DEDICATED social science institutionsNobel prize winners e.g. Pissarides – teaching here

  • Leading academics and top students

  • Real world focus

  • 69% international students. UK 50%, 10% EU

  • Near Westminster (politics), City (finance).

  • Public lectures

  • LSE Summer Schools

  • 3 years, apart from PPE 4 years

  • Bsc, LLB

  • Sept-May 2 x 11 week teaching terms, then 7 week term.

  • 4 courses, usually year long but some half units

  • 4 classes and 4 lectures – 8-12 hours per week. 15 hours personal study on top. HOW SELF-MOTIVATED?

  • LSE 100 – unique compulsory course

  • Papers throughout the year. All exams held in May and June. Single 3 hour written exam for each subject. 100% mark rests on final exam.

  • Language centre – e.g. Mandarin, Arabic

  • Library – British Library of Political and Econ Sciences. Europe’s largest social science library. Long opening hours. Access to UoL colleges libraries.

  • Guaranteed accomodation for all first year undergraduate, study abroad students and most grad students – 2nd and 3rd year undergrads housing lottery, £180 per week on average rental.

  • LSE Students Unions, Uni of London “Student Central”

  • Tuition fees £17k undergrad. £1.2k per month total expenses – housing, food, books. Can work 20 hours per week on Tier 4 visa and more during holidays.

  • £30k for 3 years

  • £15m made available to LSE students annually

  • Careers – media, PWC, banks. Careers service. Uni of Year for Grad Employment – Times guide. Average starting slary of grads is £9k higher than national average.

  • Open Day 1 July

  • Email stu.rec@lse.ac.uk

What We Look for in an LSE Student”

  • ratio 10:1 applications to places (elsewhere between 5-8 – Oxford, King’s etc)

  • Students on an upward trajectory

  • 18, applications for 1.5k places

  • 12:1 overall, but most competitive – Law and Econ – for anthropology and sociology 7:1

  • IB 38 (766), 37 (666)

  • Some subject specific requirements e.g.HL7 Maths

  • Meeting entry requirements doesn’t guarantee an offer

  • Doesn’t matter when application arrives before Jan15th

  • 1st checked by Admissions Assessors, then to Admissions Selectors (specialists and tutors)

  • Very few marginally missed offers are confirmed

  • LSE has not been in Clearing or Adjustment for year…

  • Admission Myths –

    • will reject me because my predicted grades aren’t AAA”

  • Reference is crucial – realistic predictions – place in context with others – hard work? Independent study? – commitment to subject area – school issues-limitations – personal issues/domestic circumstances. How good is the student compared with previous years?

  • Independent thinker? Emphasise work, independent studying

  • Personal Statement: the usual.

  • Alex Ingold – Undergrad Admissions Manager, Will Breare-Hall

  • DL’s take-away – the PS (and school reference) have to be ruthlessly academic, factual and concise. Zero “guff”! These elements, plus the predicted grades are all they have to go on – unlike Oxbridge…Absolute clarity and focus on the subject being applied for are essential, otherwise forget it.