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LSE’s own undergraduates are studying for a very specialised degree over a period of three years. The regulations for these degrees are often tightly drawn in terms of compulsory courses and limited choices within a carefully defined range of optional courses.

General Course students, on the other hand, may take virtually any four year-long undergraduate courses (or the equivalent in half- units) and in any combination. Over 250 courses, listed on page 22 and detailed on our website at www.lse.ac.uk/general-course, are available to General Course students. It is also worth noting that only a third of these courses are in economic or economics- related subjects. Well over two thirds of the teaching available at LSE is in non-quantitative subjects such as anthropology, government, international history, international relations, law and social policy.

General Course students are expected to pursue at least one course in the department to which they are assigned (two if in Economics). Some General Course students choose to spread their four courses over a range of different academic interests. Others choose to concentrate more heavily in just one. The choice is entirely yours! Whichever approach you adopt, you will be taught alongside LSE undergraduates in our regular scheduled lectures and classes – you are not segregated, marginalised or educated differently in any way.


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