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Study Economics, Management, Finance and the Social Sciences

Gain a University of London degree closer to home with world-class academic direction from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

These programmes provide an excellent foundation for further study and prepare you for a broad range of careers anywhere in the world.

Study locally, with flexible options

Many of these programmes are supported at local teaching institutions around the world.

This allows you to study closer to home and still receive face-to-face study support and the benefits of a campus-style environment.

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Boost your career development

  • Update your knowledge with a world-class university.
  • Gain new specialist skills to expand your horizons.
  • Enhance your practical experience with an academic degree.

If you already have a degree, our fast-track routes and graduate diplomas could provide you with the skills to transform your career in a short time-frame.

Learn from experts at LSE

These programmes are developed and assessed by the London School of Economics and Political Science, a world-leading university. This means your qualification is of the same standard as those received by campus graduates in London.

LSE alumni and former staff include 18 Nobel Prize winners and 36 past or present heads of state.

Digital innovation
Explore new, cutting-edge degrees from LSE that are available to study anywhere in the world.

What's new from LSE?

Study the new degree in Data Science & Business Analytics preparing yourself for future careers in management, data and digital fields.

There is enormous demand for data scientists across every business area. Our new programmes equip you with the knowledge and skills to capture the potential of big data and deliver transformational data-driven solutions to real-world problems.

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This skills-rich degree provides you with essential training in probability, statistics, mathematics and computing skills for employment in numerous fields as a data scientist, analyst, or similar. Nurture your critical thinking and develop the knowledge and skills to stick out from the crowd.

Data science aims to provide you with a broad introduction to the techniques and subject matter of theoretical statistics and machine learning.

Business analytics aims to provide you with a broad introduction to the techniques and subject matter of applied statistics.

Career opportunities

With some analysts predicting a global shortage of data scientists lasting for the next ten years, graduates from these programmes will be in demand in sectors ranging from finance and e-commerce to health, sport and retail.

Academic coordinator

Our new programmes are designed to respond to the modern challenges that arise from the availability of vast amounts of data in many areas of life. Handling big data requires a synergy between statistics, mathematics and computer science. Employers have a strong demand for graduates who have statistical and computing skills and are able to handle complex and mathematical statistical models in order to tackle real-world commercial or public policy problems in various disciplines.

Professor Irini Moustaki, Academic Coordinator, Statistics.

Study the new degree in Management & Digital Innovation, preparing yourself for future careers in management, data and digital fields.

New forms of technology and communication are changing the face of modern management. These new programmes will position you at the forefront of digital innovation, ready to develop successful e-business and social media models.

These programmes emphasises the importance of digital infrastructures, social media and electronic commerce as fundamental backbones of the contemporary economy. They will help you understand why the digital economy has favoured the emergence of dominant companies like Google and Facebook.

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This degree enables you to be at the forefront of digital innovation in business and management. You will become adept at managing the deployment of digital innovation and social media and able to apply these skills in a wide range of professions and industries.

This diploma is ideal for graduates who are moving into digital innovation, via a technology start-up or via an existing organisation which is developing its e-business and social media models.

Gain a comprehensive grounding in the application of digital technologies. Learn how organisations use digital technology, services and infrastructures and how you can develop them yourself and analyse their impact.

Career opportunities

Graduates will be able to pursue management careers in a wide range of industries in both the private and public sectors - wherever there is a demand for innovating and harnessing digital technologies. These programmes also provide an excellent platform for graduates who wish to form or join technology start-ups.

Academic co-ordinator

The world of business and employment internationally has changed greatly over the last 20 years and it’s important that you have the knowledge and skills for the new employment opportunities. The Management and Digital Innovation suite provides the solid grounding needed to succeed in management in this environment.

Dr Steve Smithson, Academic coordinator, Information Systems.

What else can you study?

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Career opportunities

These programmes provide an understanding of accounting, banking and finance issues that will be useful throughout your career.

Potential career areas include:

  • Accounting
  • Investment / Commercial banking
  • Consulting
  • Investment analysis
  • Trading
  • Sales
  • Risk management
  • Financial management

Academic coordinators

Dr Libon Fung is Lecturer in Accounting and Finance at Birkbeck and Guest Teacher in the Department of Accounting at LSE. He has published on topics including capital asset pricing theory.

Dr Vicente Cuñat is Associate Professor in the Department of Finance at LSE. A former winner of the Young Economist Award, his research interests include corporate finance, applied theory and econometrics, and labour economics.

 

 

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Career opportunities

These qualifications will prepare you for the demanding and competitive world of business and management.

Potential career areas include:

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Banking
  • Consulting
  • General management
  • Information and innovation management
  • Marketing
  • Management consulting
  • Further academic study

Academic coordinators

Dr Jörn Rothe was appointed Lecturer in Management in 1997 and is now Director of Studies at the Managerial Economics and Strategy Faculty Group. He specialises in the economics of strategy and competition, managerial economics, and game theory.

Dr Steve Smithson is Senior Lecturer in Information Systems for the Department of Management at LSE. He specialises in e-commerce and the use of information systems within organisations, and has published regularly on information systems since the 1980s.

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Graduate Diplomas

Career opportunities

In these programmes you will study the fundamentals of economics and sociology and learn key statistical skills. You can then go on to specialise in areas which focus on aspects of development, economics, or environment.

Potential career areas include:

  • Teaching
  • Public service professions
  • Town planning in local authorities
  • Environment agencies
  • International development
  • Government development agencies

Academic coordinators

Professor Tim Forsyth is Professor of Environment and International Development at LSE. His work focuses on understanding contested science and risk within environmental governance. He has written on climate change governance, forest policies in Asia, and social movements and local governance.

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Graduate Diplomas

Career opportunities

These degree programmes have the same core courses which provide a thorough foundation in economics, mathematics and statistics.


Potential career areas include:

  • Industry
  • Finance
  • Government
  • International organisations
  • Management consultancy
  • Banking
  • Accountancy
  • Risk or fund management

Academic coordinators

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.

Dr Jörn Rothe was appointed Lecturer in Management in 1997 and is now Director of Studies at the Managerial Economics and Strategy Faculty Group. He specialises in the economics of strategy and competition, managerial economics, and game theory.

Dr Margaret Bray is Reader in the Department of Economics at LSE, specialising in portfolio theory as well as agency problems in financial markets. She is an Associate of the Financial Markets Group as well as a Theory Group Associate for STICERD (the Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines).

Professor Martin Anthony is Professor of Mathematics at LSE. He received an LSE Education Excellence Award in 2016 and was also listed as one of the 1,000 most influential people in London by the Evening Standard. His research interests include Boolean and pseudo-Boolean functions, and how mathematics evidences machine learning. 

Dr Vicente Cuñat is Associate Professor in the Department of Finance at LSE. A former winner of the Young Economist Award, his research interests include corporate finance, applied theory and econometrics, and labour economics.

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Graduate Diplomas

Career opportunities

These social science programmes prepare you for a wide range of careers where issues of communication are central.

Potential career areas include:

  • Business
  • Civil service
  • Government
  • Journalism
  • International organisations
  • Media

Academic coordinators

Dr Robert Falkner is Associate Professor of International Relations at LSE. He specialises in global political economy, global environmental politics and the role of business in international relations. He is an associate of both the LSE Grantham Research Institute and of Chatham House.

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.

Alumni testimonial: Lai Ke Xin, Singapore

Lai Ke Xin, BSc Accounting and Finance graduate, Malaysia / Singapore

"Being from a prestigious international programme has given me an edge. It's the global reach I've gained that really adds value to my future endeavours."