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Graduate Diploma

Developed by academics at LSE, this diploma provides a strong grounding in the political sciences and helps you to develop critical skills for a wide range of real world professional situations.

It is designed for graduates looking for either a standalone qualification in politics or a foundation for postgraduate study in politics or related social sciences.

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Developed by academics at LSE, this diploma provides a strong grounding in the political sciences. Hear from a recent graduate.

Study this course at a teaching institution near you

You can receive local support from a local teaching institution, use the dropdown to find your nearest centre.

Studying this degree, you will:

  • analyse political relationships in their economic and social context, taking into account historical influences and contemporary politics
  • understand the workings of various types of institutions of representative and responsible government, the processes of politics and the forming and implementing of public policy
  • demonstrate a detailed and critical understanding of the core literature and main theoretical debates in this field
  • work independently, planning and producing lucid, coherent, analytic written papers.

Course details

The Graduate Diploma comprises of four courses.

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Local teaching support

Our courses are designed to be studied independently, but if you would like to attend classes, you can enrol at one of our approved local teaching institutions around the world and benefit from local support and the facilities of a campus-style environment.

Study materials

We will send you study materials developed by academics appointed by LSE. These include a Programme Handbook of practical information (such as how to enter exams); a Subject Guide for each course; and past exam papers and commentaries, which give you valuable tips for performing well in exams.

Online support

When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and two other key resources:

  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Here, you can access electronic copies of all printed study materials, resources including audio-visual and revision guides, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others.
  • The Online Library holds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. A dedicated helpdesk is available if you have any difficulties in finding what you need.

Assessment

Each module is assessed by an unseen written exam, which is usually held in May or June. You can sit your exams at any approved centre around the world. These centres charge a fee for hosting the exams.

Your exam is set and assessed by academics at LSE, ensuring that your degree is of the same standard as those studying on-campus in London.

More about exams.

To be eligible for this Graduate Diploma programme you must have one of the following:

  • an acceptable Bachelor’s degree;
  • an acceptable Master’s degree (or any other appropriately accredited Level 7 award) provided this is at least 1 year full time in duration; 
  • an acceptable Level 5 or Level 6 award (such as an HND or Graduate Certificate) provided this is at least 1 year full time in duration. In addition applicants must submit evidence of at least 2 years relevant work experience.

Even if you don’t meet the standard requirements, we will consider each application on its own merits. Our Admissions Panel will consider whether any alternative/incomplete qualifications or work experience you have are suitable for entry to the programme.

I don’t meet the entry requirements. What can I do?

English Language requirements

You need to demonstrate a good level of English to be admitted to our programmes. We accept a range of evidence, including proficiency test scores. If you don’t have evidence but believe you can meet the standard, we may consider your case.

Do I meet the language requirements?

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. For this degree, you will also need Adobe Flash Player to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.

More about computer requirements.

The fees below relate to new students registering for the 2017-2018 session. These may be increased by up to 7% per annum.

Academic year2017-2018
Application fee (non-refundable)£88
Initial registration fee£874
Further registration fee for Law options (per course)£ 53
Examination entry fee per half course£132 
Examination entry fee per full course£264
Continuing registration fee£399
Total for Graduate Diploma£2,018

Additional Costs

You will also need to budget for:

  • Textbooks (could extend to around £300 per year)
  • Tuition costs (if you choose to study at a local teaching centre)
  • Exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams.

We accept most traditional payment methods, including debit/credit card, international money order, and Western Union.

How to pay your fees.

This diploma will help to prepare you for careers in politics, government, and other public sector organisations if your first degree is in a different field. It could also help you gain entry to master’s programmes in this field.

Graduate Diplomas will help you to question and analyse information, develop arguments, and boost your analytical and communication skills – all of which are valued by a broad range of employers.

What do employers think of our graduates?

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.

LSE Academic Co-ordinators

Dr Eiko Thielemann is Associate Professor in Political Science and Public Policy in the Department of Government and the European Institute. His research focuses on EU and comparative European policy making, with particular focus on issues such as asylum and immigration, multi-level governance and regional and state aid policy.

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London diploma anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there may be additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

More on funding your study.

About the LSE Summer School

LSE hosts several prestigious Summer Schools around the world, including one in London. Each year, several of our students attend these life-changing events and put their learning into practice.

As one of our students, you receive a 15% discount on the event price. Some of our local teaching centres (such as SIM, Singapore) offer scholarships to attend as well as advice on how to apply.

More about the LSE summer school.