Founded in 1895, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), is one of the foremost social science universities in the world. Its research and teaching span the full breadth of the social sciences, from economics, politics and law to sociology, anthropology, accounting and finance. The school’s motto is: rerum cognoscere causas, which means to know the causes of things.

LSE is a specialist university with an international intake, LSE's reach extends from its central London campus to around the world. The School offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in social sciences – taught across 24 academic departments and interdisciplinary institutes and centres. It also has one of the largest concentrations of applied economic, financial and social science research of any university in the world, with 19 research centres, including the Centre for Economic Performance and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.

LSE has been consistently ranked London’s top university for a consecutive number of years and the School boasts 16 Nobel prize winners amongst its staff and alumni.