Effective management is based on understanding how organisations and markets work. We focus on helping you achieve this understanding through the analysis of key disciplines like economics, finance, statistics, law, psychology and sociology rather than by teaching you specific techniques.
Our recent graduates have gone on to work in a great variety of areas, including management consultancy, banking, accountancy and general management. Many others have gone on to study at postgraduate level.
This degree provides an intellectually demanding, broad preparation for management, drawing upon the wide range of social science disciplines taught at LSE, including economics, psychology, and sociology. It progresses from foundational social science courses through subjects that apply social science to the analysis of managerial issues and finally to subjects in functional disciplines of management. It provides opportunities to sample courses offered in a multitude of LSE departments, including International Relations, Social Policy, the Operational Research and Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour Groups.
Across the degree, subjects require students to display skill in both formal reasoning and quantitative analysis, characteristic of economics, and conceptual and practical reasoning, characteristic of other social sciences. Some examinations are based on formal problems, while others are essay based. Applicants are selected, in part, for their aptitude across this spectrum of intellectual styles, and the degree structure is geared to building on this base. For instance, you will take courses enabling you to develop knowledge of essential mathematical techniques such as calculus.
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The first year provides a foundation for subjects taken in the second and third years. You take Psychology and Behavioural Science and compulsory courses in economics and quantitative methods. You choose your fourth course from a wide range of options offered by other departments.
There are six compulsory courses, three in the second and three in the third year (two of which are half unit courses).
In the second year Management: Theory and Evidence covers organisational decision making behaviour, social science perspectives on firms and their environments, and theories of management functions, such as production, innovation, and strategy development. Social Science Research Methods for Management provides a basis for critical assessment of management research and Economics for Management is an intermediate microeconomics course tailored to the degree course.
In the third year The International Context of Management deals with the functioning of the international system. Strategy brings an interdisciplinary analytical framework to the analysis of strategic issues. Marketing Management: A Strategic Approach considers both consumer and business research in marketing: you will write a research proposal for a virtual client. You must also take an introductory course in accounting and finance.
You may choose your remaining options, either from the same groups or from groups covering international management, public and voluntary sector management, and human and organisational aspects of management. A list of the courses in each subject group follows.
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third year course
You only need to take one of these language tests:
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The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Schedule IELTS
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Minimum required score (Grade A):
C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
Course requirement: Traditional academic subjects (such as Economics, English Literature, History and the natural sciences) are preferred to subjects such as Business Studies or Accounting. AS level pass at grade A in Mathematics is required, together with the aptitude and willingness to develop further knowledge in mathematics
Usual standard offer: A level: grades A A BInternational Baccalaureate: Diploma with 37 points including 7 6 6 at Higher level. Higher level Mathematics is strongly recommended, as are other traditional academic subjects (including natural sciences and humanities). Standard level Mathematical Methods is requiredOther qualifications are considered.
Although it is not necessary to have the required grade in an acceptable English Language qualification when you make your application to LSE, if you are made an offer of a place and English is not your mother tongue, it is likely that you would be asked to obtain an acceptable English Language qualification as a condition of your offer.
The following qualifications are acceptable to LSE:
If students offer the IGCSE in English as a First Language or O level (other than those specified above) and have been educated in the medium of English during their five most recent years of study (prior to 1 September 2011), then we will accept the qualification as sufficient evidence of English Language proficiency.
Please note that test scores must be achieved from one sitting of the relevant qualification. We will not accept individual component scores from multiple tests
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
The School recognises that the cost of living in London may be higher than in your home town or country. Government support, in the form of loans and grants, is available to UK and some EU students, while LSE provides generous financial support, in the form of bursaries and scholarships to UK, EU and overseas students.
The student loan for maintenance helps students pay living costs during term times and holidays. The maximum loan available for students studying in London and living away from their parents' home is currently £6,928.
The means-tested maintenance grant (currently worth up to £2,906) also helps students with living expenses during their time at university. The amount a student is eligible to receive is assessed by Student Finance England. The grant does not have to be repaid.
The special support grant replaces the maintenance grant for some students who during the course of the academic year, meet the conditions for being a 'prescribed person' under the income support or housing benefit regulations. Students who are likely to qualify include:
Other students may be eligible for the Special Support Grant. You don't necessarily have to receive or even have applied for Income Support or Housing Benefit.
Different financial support packages are available for students from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Students from these countries should refer to one of the following websites:
Students from the EU are not usually eligible for UK Government financial support. However, EU nationals (or children of EU nationals) who have lived in the UK or islands for three years before the start of their course (ie, since 1 September 2008 for a course starting on 1 September 2011) may now qualify for a student loan and grants.
Students from outside the EU are not eligible to apply for UK Government funds. However, there is a range of funding available for overseas students from external agencies, bodies or your home government, details of which are available from your home government or nearest British Council office (www.britishcouncil.org/learning), or UKCISA (www.ukcisa.org.uk).
The LSE Bursary is available for students from low-income backgrounds (from England and Wales) and is worth up to £7,500 over a three-year programme. The value of the LSE Bursary is linked to students' (or their family's) income levels, which will be assessed when calculating the maintenance grant. The maximum LSE Bursary of £2,500 per year is awarded to those students with the lowest residual income. These Bursaries do not have to be repaid.
The LSE Discretionary Bursary is available for new LSE students (from the UK and the EU) who face exceptional financial needs, including, for example, caring responsibilities, financial need related to disability or an unavoidable requirement to live at home. The value of the award may vary according to need. These Bursaries do not have to be repaid.
Each year LSE awards a number of scholarships - funded by private or corporate donation - to UK applicants to the School. The number, value, eligibility criteria and type of awards vary from year to year. Awards are made on the basis of financial need and academic merit.
Four Stelios scholarships, currently worth £5,444 per year, are available for UK students applying for business subjects at LSE.
Registered UK students from low-income households can apply directly to LSE for Access to Learning funds. These funds are designed for students who may need extra financial support for their course, and are provided by the Government to assist with living expenses.
The LSE discretionary bursary is available to EU students. For information about this bursary and how to apply, please see the section on LSE financial support for UK students.
LSE offers a number of undergraduate scholarships of varying amounts each year to EU students.
Six Stelios scholarships, currently worth £5,444 per year, are available for EU students applying for business subjects at LSE.
The LSE undergraduate support scheme (USS) is designed to help overseas students who do not have the necessary funds to meet all their costs of study. In 2008, the School disbursed nearly £1 million in entrance awards available to self-financing students of all nationalities. This financial aid is available only for study at LSE. If you are made an offer of admission, we will advise you on how to apply to the USS online. This system is able to provide an immediate indication of an applicant's eligibility for assistance. In the first instance, you will be assessed on the basis of your financial circumstances. Awards are renewable for each year of your course. Applications will be considered between the end of February and the middle of August.
The School offers a limited number of undergraduate scholarships of varying amounts each year for overseas students.
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