Admissions

We encourage applications from students who have the motivation and qualifications to successfully undertake our online degree programmes. Use the links below to find helpful information about a variety of admissions topics, from deadlines to requirements to upcoming events.

Qualifications and Requirements

Application Materials

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Deadlines and Start Dates

Deadlines and start dates are the same for all programmes. No matter which programme or start date you choose, we encourage you to submit your application by the priority deadline. Our Admissions Panel reviews applications on a rolling basis, so we’re ready to evaluate your application when you’re ready to submit it. 

We offer four start dates per year. The table below displays upcoming start dates (and corresponding deadlines) for all programmes.

Early Priority
Application Deadline
Priority
Application Deadline
Final
Application Deadline
Programme Starts
1 October 202129 October 202126 November 20217 February 2022
28 January 202218 February 202218 March 202230 May 2022

If you submit your application before the priority deadline for your preferred start date, you’ll be invited to an exclusive webinar – an excellent opportunity to learn more about the online learning environment and admissions process – and be able to get a head start on planning your education.

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Application Strategy Workshop
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Learn more about our programmes – from the application to the online learning experience – and hear directly from members of our admissions team.


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Qualifications and Requirements

To be eligible for entrance into the BSc programmes (Standard Route) you should meet our general entrance requirements, mathematics requirements and English language requirements listed in the sections below. 

You may still be eligible for admission even if you do not meet the following criteria. Our Admissions Panel will consider each application on its own merits and assess whether your other credentials or work experience qualify you for entry. Visit the Qualifications for Entrance page to learn more about the requirements for countries outside of the United Kingdom.

General Entrance Requirements

Applicants must be at least 17 years of age by the registration deadline. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

If you are age 20 or younger,
you must have passed qualifications that satisfy the General Entrance Requirements, equivalent to 3 UK GCE A-levels in non-overlapping subjects where grade EED or above is achieved or one year of university credits (30 US credits or 60 ECTS or 120 UK credits).

If you are ages 21–26,
you may qualify under Reduced/Mature Entry criteria: 1 UK GCE A-level at grade C or above or an acceptable equivalent (20 US university credits or 30 ECTS or 60 UK credits). Work experience may also be taken into consideration.

If you are age 27 or older,
you may qualify under Reduced/Mature Entry criteria: 1 UK GCE A-level at grade E or above or an acceptable equivalent (20 US university credits or 30 ECTS or 60 UK credits). Work experience may also be taken into consideration.

Mathematics Requirements

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If you apply to any programme, except the BSc Data Science and Business Analytics or the BSc Mathematics and Economics, you will be required to demonstrate competence in mathematics at least equivalent to UK GCSE/GCE O-level at grade C or equivalent.

If you apply to the BSc Data Science and Business Analytics or the BSc Mathematics and Economics, you will be required to demonstrate competence at least equivalent to mathematics at UK GCE A-level (grade A–E).

You may also meet the mathematics requirement by having earned 15 UK credits, 6 US college-level credits or 7.5 ECTS in one or more of the following subjects (or acceptable equivalents from around the world):

  • mathematics
  • engineering mathematics
  • computing mathematics
  • algebra
  • geometry
  • trigonometry
  • quantitative techniques/methods
  • statistics
  • business statistics
  • business mathematics
  • calculus
  • differentials
  • algorithms

This list represents a sample of accepted qualifications. We accept many qualifications from around the world that are not listed here, including school qualifications, diplomas and professional awards. 

View a comprehensive, country-specific list of acceptable equivalents for the BSc Data Science and Business Analytics and the BSc Mathematics and Economics.

English Language Requirements

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

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Application Materials

To be considered for admission, you must submit the following materials as part of your online application. All documents must be in English or translated to English. If you’re under 21, we strongly encourage you to submit a résumé or CV in addition to the required materials below. If you’re 21 or older, a résumé or CV may be required.

Personal Statement:

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Your personal statement (100–250 words) should answer the following question:

Why do you wish to study for the programme to which you are applying? Please include details about your education, work experience and current responsibilities.

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While the following materials are not required, we recommend submitting them if you wish to give the Admissions Panel a more holistic understanding of your qualifications.

  • Résumé or CV (strongly recommended for applicants under the age of 21)
  • Work references
  • Standardised test scores
  • Professional certificates

Verified Identification:

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Once you’ve submitted your application, you will also be required to provide evidence of your full name and date of birth. This can take the form of a photocopy of your passport, national identification card or driving license. 

If you have changed your name, you will be required to submit a photocopy of your marriage certificate, deed poll, statutory declaration or affidavit.

Transcripts

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Complete/Incomplete Postschool Certificates or Transcripts: We need to see evidence of the relevant qualifications before we can process your application. We may ask for further evidence after you have submitted your application. You may provide evidence in one of two ways:

  • Arrange for the awarding/examining authority to send us a statement or transcript of your results. The statement/transcript should include your name, date of birth and University of London student reference number (if available).
  • Have your original documents verified by an official authority, business or organisation. Verification means that your original document has been seen, and a photocopy has been stamped and signed to be a true copy of the original.

If you have any questions about the entry qualifications or application requirements outlined here, please contact an admissions counsellor.

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Access Arrangements

When you apply, you will have the opportunity to tell us about your disability or medical condition and/or request any access arrangements. If you request access arrangements, our inclusive practice manager will contact you to discuss your case. You will be required to submit medical evidence. 

Questions? Please contact our inclusive practice manager: special.arrangements@london.ac.uk

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process by which we recognise and award credit for learning that has taken place at the University of London or elsewhere. 

To qualify for RPL, you must have passed degree- or professional-level examinations in subjects that compare in level, content and standard to the course(s) for which you are seeking recognition. Your qualification(s) must have been completed within the five years preceding your application. There are two types of RPL:

Automatic RPL

If you hold certain qualifications, evaluated annually, you may automatically qualify for RPL: Qualifications for Automatic RPL [PDF].

Discretionary RPL

If you hold other qualifications that you believe reflect similar learning outcomes to any of your programme courses, we will consider them on a case-by-case basis.

You must indicate your intent to seek RPL in your application and provide transcripts and syllabi for the courses requested. RPL requests will not be accepted once your application has been submitted. If you are applying for discretionary RPL, we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible to ensure the Admissions Panel has sufficient time to review your qualifications.

You may be granted up to 30 credits of RPL through LSE’s Summer School. Courses must be pre-approved by your admissions counsellor and LSE and completed prior to submitting your application. 

All RPL requests are considered on an individual basis and are granted at the discretion of the University of London. A maximum of four full courses may be approved for Standard Entry Route. We reserve the right to deny RPL requests if the qualification of a professional body or institution changes following the annual publication of the EMFSS Automatic Accreditation of Prior Learning.

Graduate Entry

Have you already completed a full undergraduate or postgraduate degree? You may qualify for Graduate Entry, a flexible way to earn an additional degree. 

Learn more about Graduate Entry.

Mathematics Requirement Equivalents by Country

The list below details acceptable mathematics equivalents by country if you are applying to the BSc Data Science and Business Analytics or the BSc Mathematics and Economics and need to demonstrate competence at least equivalent to mathematics at UK GCE A-level (grade A–E). 

If you hold qualifications not listed below or you are unsure if yours will be valid for entry, please contact us for eligibility advice before submitting a formal online application. In this context, “or the equivalent” indicates there may be more than one type of grading system in place.

Australia

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Year XII HSE awarded by recognised state board maths passed at grade 70 per cent or above, plus one further acceptable math/science-based subject* at grade 70 per cent or the equivalent.

China

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Gaokao (Chinese university/college entrance examination): Maths passed at 100/150 or the equivalent. Scores below this grade will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

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Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife/Abitur: Within the final Abitur examination, maths passed at grade 7–15, plus one further acceptable math/science-based subject* at grade 7–15.

India

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Year XII state or central board: Maths passed at grade 80 per cent or above, plus one further acceptable math/science-based subject* at grade 80 per cent or above.

South Africa

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National Senior Certificate: Maths passed at grade 6–7, plus one further acceptable math/science-based subject* at grade 6–7.

USA

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Advanced Placement awarded by the College Board in calculus or statistics at grade 3, 4 or 5; 6 credits from a regionally accredited institution in mathematics, engineering mathematics, computing mathematics, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, quantitative techniques/methods, statistics, business statistics, business mathematics, calculus, differentials or algorithms.

Canada

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High school graduation diploma awarded by recognised province; maths or calculus passed at grade 80 per cent or above, plus one further acceptable math/science-based subject* at grade 80 per cent or above or the equivalent.

France

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Baccalauréat, maths passed at grade 16–20, plus one further acceptable math/science-based subject* at grade 16–20.

Hong Kong

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HKDSE, compulsory maths passed at level 3–5.

Malaysia

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STPM (2003 onwards): Maths at grade A–C; matriculation certificate, maths passed at grade A–B in Semester IV, plus one further acceptable math/science-based subject* at grade A–B; recognised foundation programme awarded in an acceptable maths/science-based subject.*

Singapore

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H2 maths at grade A–E; O-level maths and additional O-level maths, both passed at grade A–B, plus a polytechnic diploma awarded in an acceptable maths/science-based subject or two courses within the diploma in acceptable maths subjects** at grade A–B.

UK

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GCE A-level maths grade A–E.

* Acceptable maths/science-based subjects, including maths, additional maths, advanced maths, further maths, higher maths, biology, calculus, chemistry, functions, physics, phycology, science and statistics. Other subjects will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

** Mathematics, engineering mathematics, statistics, business statistics and calculus.

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