We also consider your AS grades, if available.

Contextual admissions A-level grades**

IB Diploma
38 points overall, including 766 at higher level

Contextual admissions IB grades**
37 points overall, including 666 at higher level

**For more information about contextual admissions, please read UG admissions information.

A-level subject combinations

  • We consider the combination of subjects you have taken, as well as the individual scores.
  • We believe a broad mix of traditional academic subjects to be the best preparation for studying at LSE and expect applicants to have at least two full A-levels or equivalent in these subjects.
  • We are looking for academic students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the social sciences. There is no one ideal subject combination, however, as with all degree programmes at LSE, at least two traditional academic subjects are preferred. Common sixth form subject choices include a combination of History, English, Economics, Government and Politics, Sociology, Geography, languages, Psychology and Philosophy. 
  • If you have taken Mathematics, Further Mathematics and one other subject at A-level, this may be considered less competitive for this programme.

English Language Requirement

If English is not your native language, you will need to possess a valid English language qualification such as IELTS or TOEFL. These English proficiency test results should not be older than two years as of October 1st, which is the starting date for your intended program. The minimum score requirements are as follows: for IELTS, an overall score of 7.0 is necessary, with a minimum of 6.0 in both speaking and writing, and 6.5 in listening and reading. Alternatively, for TOEFL, an overall score of 107 is required, with minimum scores of 23 in reading and listening, 22 in writing, and 20 in speaking. Please note that if your previous degree was conducted in English, you may be exempt from this requirement.

London School of Economics and Political Science - International Relations
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