London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is a public research university founded in 1895 and located in London, England and a constituent college of the federal University of London. This institution has more than ten thousand students and three thousand staff from all over the world, which offers a truly international environment.Show more
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LSE curriculum is divided into lectures and class/seminars for each course we selected. In class/seminars we freely express our ideas on certain topic/issues. Usually, we’d discuss over journals/articles and criticise the strengths and weaknesses of those journals/articles and pointed out our opinions. Seminar class encourage students to be critical, and communicative. This activity is part of implementing LSE’s slogan, “Understanding Causes of Things”
final year students applying for the postgrad program. waiting for decades for my reference letter but my aa just keeps procrastinate for no reason. hope he understands that it is better not to ruin people’s lives.__school is always under construction, poorest facilities ever seen in the library__the only good resource is the reputation and connection with employers
Generally, courses are well prepared and the content is clearly explained. We can find the video recordings on Moodle to review courses and teachers have their available office hours published so that we can see them and discuss questions. __ But what I really appreciate is the service that LSE provides. Staffs in the career center and language center are very nice and helpful. I have booked several appointments with them to talk about my essays and career interests and I am always satisfied. Besides, we can also find useful resources on their website, such as how to write a good CV and how to improve language skill. To sum up, I will highly recommend it to my friends.
For sure the location of the campus couldn’t be slightly better – extreme central, next to City of London/Covent Gardent/Soho/Chinatown. Can explore London as much as you want, though it does cause distraction. As a Statistics student, felt not paid attention enough. In terms of careers guidance, only actuarial direction provided, while more trading/structuring/data analytics could be encouraged.
Staff: Many of the teachers in the Geography & Environment, as well as the International Development department are quite inspiring and take their teaching very seriously.
Careers: The support services with regard to finding & preparing yourself for a career in an area you are interested in are far greater than at many other Universities. Because the LSE specialises in social science perhaps, careers staff are able to develop a deeper knowledge of what opportunities are out there. In comparison, at other Universities with much broader subject scopes careers advisors have much more limited knowledge as they need to know about far more sectors than social scientists would be interested in.
Stress and support: While people here do tend to be very driven and this can create a stressful environment, ‘LSE Life’ offers a great amount of support for students in their studies + career development. I believe this is a relatively new initiative and see it as an indicator that LSE is increasingly taking student wellbeing very seriously.
The whole university is career-focused, from academics to student societies. That might partially because of the degree I chose (accounting and finance). The teaching quality varies from course to course. Nevertheless, don’t restrict yourself to careers, even though hard under the LSE culture, when you could make friends and have fun exploring London.
LSE has a lot of well-respected professors, the structure of teaching aim to help you achieve outstanding grades. But of course, it won’t be like high school, you really need be to able to study independently and self- learn. But when you have problem, lecturers and the TAs are there to help you through. The whole study environment is fascinating, everyone is intelligent, and passionate about their course. You could always get in-depth discussion about the readings in class. This would drives you to success. You will get all the pressure about career since day one. The department would hosts career events, and all those career societies will organized all sorts of events, which equip you with all the essential skills. The only pitfall is that the university is very finance/ economics and law focused. Everyone is talking about investment banking. It would be great if you are doing these courses. For someone who does social science, and wants to pursue a career in this field, you might not have access to the same level of information/ industry link as other universities. But academic wise, LSE is definitely a great university, just as its motto says, you will learn ‘to know the causes of things’ Nevertheless, what you get out from LSE would depend on how much effort you decided to put in.
Lectures and seminars are well designed and organized, focusing on key topics and providing wide and in-depth education in this area. The classmates are of good background, providing huge peer pressures to motivate your own study.