Department of Accounting
The Department of Accounting continues to enjoy a reputation as one of the leading groups in the world for teaching and research on the economic, institutional and organisational aspects of accounting and financial management. Maintaining and advancing our leading international reputation for teaching and research is our top priority, and thus, we are committed:
- To enhance still further the quality of the student experience in our programmes at both the undergraduate and graduate level, such as by maintaining effective student-faculty ratios and ensuring an appropriate balance and mix of students to maintain diversity and quality of the educational experience.
To strengthen further our outstanding research environment through research seminars, visitors and strong links with other departments, research centres and external constituencies, making it possible to study relevant accounting issues within the rich context of the social sciences in line with the School's intellectual tradition.
We are proud about the diversity in everything we do, as it is the key to our competitive advantage locally as well as globally. We therefore strive to continue to combine 'global appeal' with a distinctive 'European orientation' in terms of institutional knowledge and affiliations as well as intellectual traditions.
Department of Anthropology
LSE's Anthropology Department, with a long and distinguished history, remains a leading centre for innovative research and teaching. We are committed to both maintaining and renewing the core of the discipline, and our undergraduate teaching and training of PhD students is recognised as outstanding.
Department of Economics
The LSE Department of Economics is one of the biggest and best in the world, with expertise across the full spectrum of mainstream economics. A long-standing commitment to remaining at the cutting edge of developments in the field has ensured the lasting impact of its work on the discipline as a whole. Almost every major intellectual development within Economics over the past fifty years has had input from members of the department, which counts ten Nobel Prize winners among its current and former staff and students. Our alumni are employed in a wide range of national and international organisations, in government, international institutions, business and finance.
Department of Economic History
Following in a long, distinguished tradition of research and teaching, the Department of Economic History uses concepts and theories from the Social Sciences as a starting point for studying the development of real economies and understanding them in their social, political and cultural contexts.
The Department is home to by far the largest group of teachers and researchers in the field of economic, business and social history in the UK and probably the world. The composition and international delivery of its staff, academic visitors and students mean that its intellectual concerns range:
- from the medieval period to the current century;
- from the Americas to Asia via Africa and Europe, as well as embracing the integration of the world economy as a whole;
- from questions about the institutions conditioning economic change to studies of technology, industrial organisation, trade and finance, demography and agriculture;
- from history of economic ideas and policy to the measurement of past human wellbeing and development;
- and from explanations of global patterns of trade, migration and investment, to comparisons of the dynamics of change across several regions of the world.
The department receives grants from the British Academy, The Leverhulme Trust, the Economic and Social Research Council and the European Union. Such grants enhance the depth and scope of research and teaching, and endorse continued commitment by the department to collaboration between history and the social sciences. Our research has been used by international agencies like World Bank and International Monetary Fund, government departments and local communities, and NGOs. A significant number of students trained in the Department are now employed at institutions all over the world in teaching and research posts.
The European Institute has seven Masters programmes - one of the broadest offerings on Europe in the world. Within each programme, students study a combination of core and optional courses, with around 75 taught courses to choose from.
The European Institute accepts applications to our doctoral programme in the areas of our four research themes: Governance and Democracy in the European Union, European Society, Political Economy in Europe and Europe beyond the EU.
Department of Finance
The Department of Finance is devoted to excellence in teaching and research in the full range of the subfields of finance including corporate finance, asset pricing theory, risk management, empirical analysis of capital markets, behavioural finance, portfolio analysis, derivatives pricing, microstructure and financial econometrics.
The LSE Department of Finance (formerly part of the Department of Accounting and Finance) has grown in recent years to become one of the largest and most highly-regarded finance groups in the UK and Europe. It is closely associated with the LSE's Financial Markets Group which regularly hosts a wide variety of seminars, conferences and public addresses by leading academics and practitioners. With over 200 post-graduate students selected from a pool of top applicants world-wide, a faculty recruited from the top departments internationally, and a steady flow of distinguished visitors, we have a stimulating environment for research and learning that is on par with the best in the world.
The Department, along with the Departments of Accounting and Management, was ranked as the UK leader for Business and Management Studies in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
The Gender Institute was established in 1993 to address the major intellectual challenges posed by contemporary changes in gender relations. This remains a central aim of the Institute today, which is the largest research and teaching unit of its kind in Europe. The Gender Institute is interested in mapping and intervening in the gendered nature of social processes, and believes that an integrated interdisciplinary and global approach is needed to do so. We aim to combine theory and practice with an interdisciplinary and transnational scope. We are a recognised centre of research, teaching, policy advice and advocacy work, with faculty having won a range of awards, and with students from across the globe.
Department of Geography and Environment
The Department of Geography and Environment at the LSE offers a unique opportunity to study Human Geography, Economic Geography and Environmental Social Science/Policy in a university institution which enjoys a worldwide reputation as an international centre of academic excellence for studying the social sciences. The LSE is located at the heart of London, one of the world's great capital cities, providing students with a rich diversity of academic, cultural, social and recreational facilities.
In our teaching the courses offered are designed to benefit from and complement the strengths and aspirations of the LSE. You will find a healthy balance of experienced and younger academics within the Department, and many of our staff have well-established international reputations in their fields of expertise. The Department has had three holders of the highly competitive Philip Leverhulme Prize Fellowships for researchers under 36.
Institute of Global Affairs
The IGA aims to build a vibrant intellectual environment for original, rigorous and significant thinking and broader impact in London, but also to form an alliance of centres of excellence in research and policy thinking in emerging economies. By employing multidisciplinary approaches and encouraging evidence-based policy making, it also aspires to promote deeper understanding and peer-to-peer transfer of knowledge across emerging and developing economies. The IGA wants to offer a 'safe space' that is open, fair and transparent and where students, government, private sector and civil society from all around the world can meet to address the challenges of the 21st century.
IGA engages ten LSE departments and currently has eight constituent centres which includes six regional centres at different stages of development, LSE IDEAS, the second-ranked university-based think tank in the world, and the Centre for Women, Peace and Security recently established through a grant from the UK government.
Department of Government
The Department of Government at LSE, one of the largest political science departments in the UK. Our activities cover a comprehensive range of approaches to the study of politics, including:
- The history of political thought
- Normative political theory
- Comparative politics (with expertise on Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America)
- Ethnic conflict
- Political economy
- Elections and electoral systems
- Political parties
- Public opinion
- Rational choice theory
- Public administration and public policy
The Department has always been able to take advantage of its prominent position within the London School of Economics and Political Science, the largest and most important European institution specialising solely in the social sciences. A large number of our graduate offerings involve collaboration with other departments and institutes in the School including the European Institute, the Methodology Institute, Urban and Regional Planning (in the Geography Department), International Relations, International Development, and Law.
Department of International Development
The Department of International Development promotes interdisciplinary postgraduate teaching and research on processes of social, political and economic development and change. The department is dedicated to understanding problems of poverty and late development within local communities, as well as national and international political and economic systems.
Department of International History
Founded in 1954, the Department of International History is one of the youngest departments at LSE. But in its short life, it has risen to become one of the top five university history departments in the UK, thanks to both its internationally renowned graduate programme and research record.
Like the other departments at the School, the Department of International History grew up around a Chair and a special subject within the BSc (Econ) degree introduced after the Second World War. The Chair itself dates back into the inter-war period and is one of the two Chairs founded by Sir Daniel Stevenson, the other being at the Royal Institute of International Affairs. From 1932 the Stevenson Chair, as it came to be called at the School, formed the nucleus of the emerging Department of International History.
International Inequalities Institute
The International Inequalities Institute (III) was launched in 2015 with enthusiastic support from across the LSE. Recognising the LSE’s distinctive strengths, the III will provide co-ordination and strategic leadership on the inter-disciplinary analysis of inequalities.
Department of International Relations
The Department of International Relations celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2002-2003. You can read more at 75th Anniversary Department of International Relations and also read about the Foundation and History of the International Relations Department.
International Relations has been taught at LSE since 1924 when Philip Noel-Baker was appointed to a new, privately-endowed Chair of International Relations. The Department, which was set up three years later, was not only the first of its kind, but has remained a leading world centre for the development of the subject ever since. Its reputation for international excellence was recognised in the most recent National Research Assessment Exercise when the IR and Government Departments, assessed as one unit, received one of the highest rankings.
The Language Centre here at the London School of Economics reflects the specialist nature of the School itself, namely, a world class institution where the quality of teaching and research is paramount.
LSE is not just a multi-national university but also a multi-lingual one
Since the foundation of the LSE just over a century ago, the study of law has been an integral part of the School's mission. The Law Department is one of the largest in the School. Its special place in a school of social sciences has given legal studies in the Department a distinctive, interdisciplinary character. The Law Department has played a major role in policy debates and policy-making and in the education of lawyers and law teachers from around the world. It enjoys a uniquely cosmopolitan student body, and has deeply influenced legal education in most common law countries.
Staff and students in the Law Department come from all over the world, and bring to the Department an unparalleled international and interdisciplinary outlook in teaching and research. This has always been the mission of the LSE Law Department. As an important vehicle for this approach to legal studies, members of the LSE were prominent among the founders of the Modern Law Review, a journal that quickly achieved an international and influential role at the forefront of legal scholarship.
Closely linked to this innovative approach has been the exploration of new fields of study. Many important subjects were first taught and examined systematically from an academic perspective at the LSE. These include banking law, taxation law, civil litigation, company law, labour law, family law, aspects of welfare law, and studies of the legal system and the legal profession. These subjects, and many others, have since become central to the concerns of lawyers and researchers.
Department of Management
The Department of Management is a world leading centre for education and research in business and management, and we are ranked #2 in the world for social science and management. We sit at the heart of LSE’s thriving academic community in central London.
Our aim is to impact on socially meaningful challenges in business and policy worldwide.
We are proud to be rated #1 in the UK for research in business and management studies (REF 2014). Our research pushes the frontiers of our understanding of the world, developing cutting-edge insights for practitioners. We collaborate with businesses, third sector organisations and policymakers across the globe to bring about real world impact.
Department of Mathematics
The LSE Department of Mathematics is internationally recognised for its teaching and research. Located within a world-class social science institution, the department aims to be a leading centre for Mathematics in the Social Sciences.The Department has more than doubled in size over the past few years, most notably with the addition of a strong new group working in financial mathematics and control theory. Other fields studied within the Department include: discrete mathematics and algorithms, mathematical game theory, and probability theory.The Department's growth trajectory reflects the increasing impact that mathematical theory and mathematical techniques are having on subjects such as economics and finance, and on many other areas of the Social Sciences.
On the teaching side, the Department offers a popular and successful BSc degree inMathematics and Economics. We launched a new BSc in Mathematics with Economicsin October 2010. At graduate level, we introduced the MSc in Applicable Mathematics in October 2004, and the programme is proving a great success. Our MSc in Financial Mathematics started in September 2008, and is proving extremely popular, judging by the very high numbers of applications.
Department of Media and Communications
We aim to:
- Be the leading research based department in media and communications in the UK and one of the top five in the world
- Provide a high-quality master’s level graduate education in the study of media and communications drawing on the social science disciplines
- Prepare students for doctoral or professional research in the media and communications field and for entry into a variety of careers
- Conduct research that impacts on the strategies and practices of the media and communications industry, government policy makers and the third sector.
Department of Methodology
The School has always been at the forefront of methodological development in the social sciences. With the exception of the departments of Statistics and Philosophy, where methodology is for some the main activity, this methodological expertise has generally been contained within specific substantive areas of research rather than being identifiable and accessible from outside these areas. In the case of statistics and philosophy, the expertise has also tended to be inaccessible to potential users from outside, because of its technical focus. Consequently the teaching and dissemination of methodological expertise has been available to students, and in many cases staff, primarily within their own departments.
The Department of Methodology is a national centre of excellence in methodology and the teaching of methodology. The Department was set up to coordinate and provide a focus for methodological activities at the School, in particular in the areas of graduate student (and, potentially, staff) training and of methodological research. The Department is an interdisciplinary group and its primary role is to facilitate collaboration between departments and to provide courses where appropriate. The Department is central to theLSE's Doctoral Training Centre.
Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
There is a long history of philosophy at London School of Economics. Bertrand Russell was one of the School’s philosophical and financial founders, and lectured here various times over the course of his career.
The historic department of Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method was founded in 1946 by Sir Karl Popper. Popper was later joined by Imre Lakatos in 1960; the building that the department now occupies now bears his name: the Lakatos building.
The Imre Lakatos Memorial Fund has made some resources about Lakatos available, including several audio clips of his lectures.
Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science
As from 1 July 2016, the Department of Social Psychology expanded to become the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science (PBS).
The name change will showcase the Department’s new BSc programme, the BSc in Psychological and Behavioural Science (to be launched in 18/19), with British Psychology Society Accreditation.
It will also provide an appropriate home for our existing MSc programmes in Social and Cultural Psychology; the Psychology of Economic Life; Social and Public Communication; and Organisational and Social Psychology, as well as our thriving PhD programme.
The expanded department will also become a hub for the 50+ psychological and behavioural researchers in other disciplines across the LSE as well as a cutting-edge centre of expertise in its own right.
Institute of Public Affairs
The Institute of Public Affairs unites government officials, corporations and the third sector with LSE’s world class faculty and student to shape policy-making debates and ideas. This is the home of LSE’s renowned teaching in public policy and administration.
- a full-time Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree
- an Executive MPA designed for working professionals
- a sponsored Executive Master of Public Policy (EMPP) for the UK Civil Service.
Department of Social Policy
The Department of Social Policy is the longest established in the UK.
The Department prides itself in being able to offer teaching based on the highest quality empirical research in the field. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the UK's nationwide assessment of research quality, impact and environment, which is undertaken every six to seven years, the Department was ranked first in the UK for world leading and internationally excellent research and was also awarded the joint highest marks for the non-academic impacts of its work. When adjusted to take account of the high proportion of staff submitted to REF, it is the number one UK Social Policy Department for overall research quality.
Department of Sociology
Department of Sociology has played a key role in establishing and developing the discipline since 1904. Today we remain committed to providing top quality teaching, and to research and scholarship which is leading the evolution of the social sciences into new intellectual areas and the study of the social problems and ethical dilemmas facing a cosmopolitan and fractured society.
QS World University Rankings 2016 puts the Department second in Europe and fourth in the world for sociology.
Department of Statistics
Department of Statistics at LSE has a distinguished history. Its roots can be traced back to the appointment of Sir Arthur Lyon Bowley, an alumnus of the University of Cambridge, at LSE in 1895. He was appointed Chair in Statistics in 1919, probably the first appointment of its kind in Britain.
Presidents of the Royal Statistical Society drawn from the Department of Statistics at LSE have been Arthur Lyon Bowley, Maurice Kendall, Roy D. G. Allen, Henry Wynn, Claus Moser, James Durbin and David J. Bartholomew.
The department has an international reputation for development of statistical methodology that has grown from its long history of active contributions to research and teaching in statistics for the social sciences.
We offer three undergraduate honours degree courses: BSc Actuarial Science, BSc Business Mathematics and Statistics and BSc Statistics with Finance. These courses enable students who have enjoyed maths at A-level to develop their skills in mathematics and statistics. BSc Actuarial Science can also lead to exemptions from the 100 series of the Institute of Actuaries examinations. Emphasis is given to areas with practical applications in commerce, insurance, finance and government.
Our taught MSc Statistics and MSc Statistics (Financial Statistics) offer specialist training in statistics applied to the social sciences, finance and econometrics. Our MSc Risk and Stochastics provides high-level training in probability theory and statistics for random processes with applications in the areas of insurance and finance and their interface. All three programmes can be taken as intensive full-time one year programmes or part-time over two years. We provide a thriving and co-operative research environment for research students.
We welcome MPhil/PhD applications from students with an excellent MSc qualification and an interest in time series analysis, stochastic modelling, financial mathematics, actuarial statistics, latent variable modelling, analysis of longitudinal and clustered data, nonresponse and measurement error and sample survey methods.