London School of Economics and Political Science logo
  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: n/a
  • Foreign: $ 4.01k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 26 10월 2016

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    The Diploma is a taught programme and must be studied at a recognised Diploma-teaching institution listed in our Directory of Institutions.

    Programme structure and estimated study hours

    The Diploma consists of four full courses (or the equivalent). You have between 1-5 years to complete the programme, although it is usually taken over one year. You are expected to study for 35 hours per week, including lectures and tutorials.


    The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) provides academic direction for this programme. LSE is regarded as an international centre of academic excellence and innovation in the social sciences.


    Several universities in the UK, including LSE and other University of London Colleges, will consider you for entry into the second year of a degree. You will need to have passed syllabuses similar to those taken at the Colleges concerned and to have achieved very high marks.

    Online support

    When you register we will send you a username and password giving you access to the Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and two other key online resources:

    The virtual learning environment (VLE)

    The online virtual learning environment (VLE) provides electronic copies of all printed study materials. There are also forums that allow you to share interests and experience, and to work collaboratively with other students to solve problems and discuss subject material.

    Online support materials are being developed continuously and for some courses audio-visual tutorials, recorded lectures, academic interviews and debates are available, along with self-testing activities and expert study skills advice.


    When you decide you are ready, you enter for unseen written examinations. These are set and marked by our academics to ensure your work is assessed to the same standard as College-based students at LSE. Examinations are held once a year, in May/June, at local centres in over 190 countries as well as in London. You will be charged a fee by your local examination centre (this fee will vary).

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline October Tuition fee
    • GBP 4006 Year (International)

    Tuition fee per standard entry route.

    £3,026 for the BSc degree through the Graduate Entry Route.

    Start date November 2015 Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode Online Educational variant Part-time Intensity Flexible Part-time variant Flexible Structure Fully structured Student interaction Online group works/assignments Attendance Regular optional meetings Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

    Course Content

    Four courses in total

    Compulsory courses

    • Introduction to economics
    • Mathematics 1 (half course) or
    • Calculus
    • Statistics 1 (half course)

    Elective courses

    • Principles of accounting
    • Introduction to international development
    • Principles of banking and finance
    • Human geography
    • Physical geography: fundamentals of the physical environment
    • Methods of geographical analysis (half course)
    • Introduction to international relations
    • World history since 1945
    • Introduction to information systems
    • Introduction to computer systems architecture and programming
    • Common law reasoning and institutions

    This comprehensive introduction to the English legal system seeks to convey what is distinctive about the common law approach as a legal methodology and as it refl ects the history and politics of England and Wales. It examines the sources of law, the civil and criminal court structures, the role of judges and the jury. A running concern of the course is the question of fairness: the impact of the Human Rights Act on the criminal justice system and the issues of access to justice in the civil courts. This course is also vital in initiating students into the process of legal research and the final examination has a compulsory section on research activities carried out during the year.

    • Elements of the law of contract
    • Business and management in a global context (NEW)
    • Mathematics 2 (half course)
    • Algebra
    • Introduction to political science or
    • Democratic politics and the State
    • Introduction to modern political thought
    • Contemporary sociology in a global age
    • Reading social science (half course) (half course)
    • Statistics 2 (half course) (half course)

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 580 TOEFL iBT® test : 87

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    To be eligible for the Diploma in Economics you must:

    • normally be 18 years or older before 31 December in the year you first register with the University
    • be admitted to a course of instruction at a Diploma-teaching institution listed in our Directory of Institutions.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than London School of Economics and Political Science.


    Sponsorship from your employer

    Many students receive financial support from their own employers. As you study by distance learning you can continue with your studies while you work, and do not need to take time away from the workplace. See the employers section on our website for guidance for employers.

    Other sources of funding

    The level of competition for sponsorship and educational awards is extremely high, so we recommend that you investigate funding early. Do not delay in making an application as in some instances an offer of a place can be advantageous in a funding application.

    There are a variety of sources of funding available, dependent on your nationality, employment and other factors. We recommend that you look at the following, although this is not an exhaustive list:

    • UK students may be eligible for a part-time tuition fee loan
    • The Aga Khan Foundation [external link] which provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies.
    • United Nations (UNESCO, FAO, UNDP, UNEP etc)
    • Bilateral Aid Agencies (SIDA, GTZ, etc)
    • European Union
    • British Council
    • UK Department for International Development / Foreign & Commonwealth Office
    • NGOs
    • Educational and other charitable trusts


    LSE was founded 1895 by four idealistic young Fabians for the "betterment of society". It adopted rerum cognoscere causas, which means to know the causes of things, as its motto.

    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.

    LSE’s vision for 2011-16

    • to deliver challenging, stimulating, research led degree programmes in an environment that supports learning and develops independent thinking among our students
    • to ensure that our 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
    • to extend our engagement with society across our full academic portfolio and in key regions of the world and
    • to enrol the best students from around the world to benefit from, and contribute to, the learning environment at the School.

    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 the exciting Saw Swee Hock Student Centre which opened in 2014, having already been awarded an outstanding BREEAM rating.


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

    The UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2008 revealed LSE to have the highest percentage of world-leading research of any university in the country, topping or coming close to the top of a number of rankings of research excellence. LSE submitted over 90 per cent of eligible staff for assessment.

    LSE is currently focusing on increasing the amount of research funding, especially from peer-reviewed external sources; learning lessons from RAE 2008; Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014; 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 offering intensive courses.

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

    LSE promotes knowledge exchange by "translating" academic research into accessible formats and by better targeting of public lectures.

    LSE will also develop our institutional partnerships overseas.

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