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BSc Government and Economics

Catalog id : LL12
 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

3 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

17712 GBP
9000 GBP
9000 GBP

Application fee

International 0 GBP
National 0 GBP
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)107
TOEFL-PBT (min)627

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About this course

Politics is about power, conflict and ideas. The study of politics involves analysis of the ways in which individuals and groups define and interpret political issues and seek to shape government decisions. It encompasses a broad spectrum of activities relating to public affairs, from elections and bureaucracies to wars and terrorism. Because it is at the junction of power and morality, politics has always attracted the attention of philosophers and historians, and its study, originating in Athens in the fourth century BC, is the seed bed of all the social sciences.

The LSE Government Department, which brings together staff from many parts of the world, covers almost all areas of political studies, and represents a comprehensive range of academic approaches and expertise.

In studying for one of the degrees offered by the Department, you will follow courses from a range of subfields in political science: comparative politics, rational choice theory, political economy, public administration and public policy, European politics and political theory. You will learn about the concepts and theories which underpin the study of politics, including ideas such as justice, democracy, liberty, sovereignty and rights. You will compare political phenomena in a variety of cultures and countries, learning about the diversity of political processes and using empirical analysis to answer broad theoretical questions about the political world. 

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Eligibility Criteria

  • A level Mathematics at grade A or International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 6 at Higher level Mathematics
  • Usual standard offer: A level: grades A A A including Mathematics
  • International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 38 points including 7 6 6 at Higher level (to include Mathematics)
  • Other qualifications are considered

The selectors are looking for academic students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the social and political sciences. There is no one ideal subject combination, however, as with all degree programmes at LSE, at least two traditional academic subjects are preferred. If you are applying for the Government and Economics degree, Mathematics at A level (or equivalent) is required.

For Government, we are looking for an original and well-written personal statement which demonstrates your awareness of, and genuine interest in current political issues, and we are interested in your own views and opinions. You should also mention whether there are any aspects of particular interest to you, how they relate to your current academic programme and what additional reading or experiences you have had which have led you to apply. You could also include information on any relevant work experience and extra-curricular activities.

English Language Requirements

  • CIE board - Grade B or better, plus grade 2 in the optional speaking test OR Grade B or better, plus proof that you have been instructed in the medium of English for the past 5 years ^
  • Edexcel board (English A) - Grade B or better, plus the Speaking and Listening coursework component OR Grade B or better, plus proof that you have been instructed in the medium of English for the past 5 years 
  • Edexcel board (English B) - Grade B or better, plus proof that you have been instructed in the medium of English for the past 5 years 
  •  International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) academic test with a score of 7.0 in all four components (in one exam sitting only).
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with grade C or better or 185 points overall and a minimum of 185 points in each individual component.
  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate of English (CAE) with a grade B or better or 185 points overall and a minimum of 185 points in each individual component.
  • Cambridge English Language (1119) conducted overseas by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate: B4 or better.
  • O level (1120 Brunei, 1125 Mauritius A, 1127 Singapore) grade B or better.
  • Singapore Integrated Programme (IP) Secondary 4 English Language grade B or better.  
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education English (HKDSE) with grade 5**.
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) - academic test with a score of 65 in all four components (in one exam sitting).
  • TOEFL IBT (Internet based test)- At least 107 overall with a minimum of 25 in each of the four components (in one sitting only).
  • Trinity ISE (revised test) level III overall with distinction in all components.

If an applicant is offering IGCSE in English as a First Language without the optional component (as above), and has been educated in the medium of English during their five most recent years of study (prior to 1 October 2015), then we will accept the qualification as sufficient evidence of English language proficiency.

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Course Modules

This joint honours degree provides a particularly strong combination of study, as the interplay between economics and the process of government is central to political life. The programme offers a range of government course options, including courses on political economy and public choice (the use of the analytical tools of economics in the study of politics).

First year:

  • Economics A or Economics B
  • Basic Quantitative Methods or Quantitative Methods (Mathematics)* and Quantitative Methods (Statistics)*
  • LSE100 (Lent term only)

Two from: 

  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • An outside option

Second year:

  • Microeconomic Principles I
  • Macroeconomic Principles
  • Introduction to Political Theory or Introduction to Political Science † or a government option or an approved outside option
  • Public Choice and Politics
  • LSE100 (Michaelmas term only)

Third year:

  • One economics option
  • One government option
  • Dissertation or an advanced government option
  • One government, economics or an outside option

Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.

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How to Apply

LSE receives applications via UCAS. They do not consider applications made 'direct' to the School. Before you apply you should read all of the information and guidance on the How to apply pages and on the degree programmes pages.

Applications should be made online via UCAS.

Guidance on completing your UCAS application form:
A section by section guide to completing the application form, including advice on writing your personal statement and information for teachers/referees, is given on the Making an application page.

Considering your application:
Applications are considered by members of academic staff, who will decide whether or not an offer can be made or whether to hold the application to be considered as part of a gathered field of applications.

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