The Planning Division ensures that the fee levels for every School programme are aligned with financial planning, considered by the relevant School committees and publised externally. Recommended fee levels are considered by the Student Numbers and Fees Group, before they are approved by the Academic Planning and Resources Committee (APRC) and Council.
The Table of Fees outlines for each academic year the fee level for all the School's programmes, from undergraduate to PhD, including our Executive Masters:
What is the tuition fee for the 2020/21 academic year?
LSE will be open for the Michaelmas Term and all students are expected to come to London for teaching and learning. The School is putting in place a range of measures to ensure you continue to receive high quality education and support, on campus and online, through our flexible approach in Michaelmas Term that will also enable you to develop new skills and be part of LSE's learning community.
The UK Government Department for Education has outlined that you should not expect any refund if you are receiving adequate online learning and support, and we are confident that we will deliver positive experiences that are beneficial for all of our students. The tuition fee for your programme remains the same as published on the LSE 2020/21 Table of Fees (link above). You are able to pay your fees in instalments, details of which can be found on our Fees pages.
Please note that fees are paid in each year (academic session) for which students are registered, and normally rise each year. The fees will not stay the same as the year in which students start unless specified. The current assumptions regarding annual fee increases from 2017 onwards can be found in the table below.
The fee levels for previous academic years as well as the current and forthcoming academic years are available to help students to plan their finances.
Rates of annual fee level increases
|Overseas (entrants from 2020/21)
|Overseas (entrants prior to 2020/21)
||Home & Overseas
||Home & Overseas
The Home undergraduate fee is charged in line with the maximum fee determined by the UK Government. It will be confirmed once a formal change to the fee has been agreed by Parliament and announced by the Government. The School intends to charge new Home undergraduates in line with Government plans. Continuing Home undergraduates in their second and third years of study should check the table of fees for the relevant academic year to determine their fee.
The Overseas undergraduate fee, for entrants in 2020/21 and later, is charged at a flat rate according to the year of entry; i.e. students commencing their studies in 2020/21 will be charged the same fee as that which is charged in 2020/21, in each subsequent year of study. The fee level charged for each new cohort will continue to increase.
The School chooses to charge Home research students in line with the level of fee that the Research Councils recommend. The fees for a particular year of study are announced by Research Councils UK around 8 months prior to the start of an academic session; a provisional fee is, therefore, referenced in the Table of Fees which has been calculated based on recent patterns of inflation applied by the Research Councils.
All other fees under the School’s control increase in line with the assumed percentage increase in pay costs (i.e. 4% per annum).
The School offers a joint programme with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). The fees for this programme are set annually in consultation with the LSHTM. The fees can be accessed on the LSHTM website here.
Fee Setting Process
Fee levels under the School’s control are set by the School’s Council around 15 months ahead of the academic year that they relate to. Prior to this, the fee levels will have already been through the School‘s Committee cycle for endorsement.
Fee levels are considered by the Student Numbers and Fees (SNAF) Group three times a year for recommendation to the Academic Planning and Resources Committee (APRC). In addition, the Executive Master’s fee levels are considered by an Executive MSc Management Board for recommendation to ARPC. Each Academic Department undergoes an Annual Monitoring (AM) process during Michaelmas Term; any new programmes and their associated fee levels are put forward to the School Management Committee via this process and then to APRC for consideration. The recommendations from SNAF, the Executive MSc Management Board, and AM are submitted to APRC for consideration and endorsement to Finance Committee and Council. A diagram of the fee level approval cycle can be found here.
In some rare instances programme fee levels may be subject to change mid-year; this could only occur for some executive master’s programmes (e.g. the Executive LLM) where the programme operates a number of start dates throughout an academic year. Any changes to programme fee levels mid-year will be advertised in the Table of Fees and will be communicated directly to affected individuals. No mid-year changes to fee levels under the School’s control will occur for any taught programmes that operate a single entry point across a standard academic year.
Fees charged for part-time graduate students will be half the full-time fee for each year of study.
Undergraduate programmes are not available for study on a part-time basis. The fees shown relate to full-time students who are allowed to repeat tuition by the repeat teaching panel. The total fee to be paid is dependent on the number of units repeated.
More information can be found on our repeat teaching webpages here.
The LSE has confirmed that EU graduate students currently registered or who register in 2019 and 2020 will be charged the Home/EU fee stated for the programme.
The UK Government has confirmed that EU undergraduate students starting in 2019 and 2020 will be charged the Home/EU fee of £9,250. Please see the UK Government's website here.
The Home Undergraduate fee for a study year abroad (either as part of an exchange scheme or without an exchange) is set by the UK Government at a maximum of 15 per cent of the fee for the year the student started their programme. For students who started in 2018/19, the fee is £1350. For students starting in 2019/20, 2020/21, 2021/22 and 2022/23, the fee is capped at £1385. The fee amount applies regardless of the year of study within the programme that the exchange is taken.
Overseas students will be charged 50 per cent of the Home Undergraduate fee for the year in which they undertake their year abroad.
Information on Erasmus undergraduate exchanges can be found here:
For more information about student fees, please visit the Student Fees Policy webpage here.