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FAQs for Offer-Holders

 Admissions|

  1. When is the deadline for accepting my offer?
  2. How can I check whether my documents have been received by LSE?
  3. I have a question about a document I have to provide in my offer letter - who should I contact?
  4. Can I defer my offer?
  5. What does reinstating an application mean?
  6. Can I visit the campus before I start the programme?

Visas|

  1. I need to apply for a student visa - when will I receive my CAS number?
  2. Who should I contact if I have a question about my visa application?

Fees and Finance|

  1. When do I need to pay my tuition fees?
  2. Where can I find information about scholarships and financial assistance?

MPA Information|

  1. When does the MPA programme start?
  2. What does the MPA pre-sessional course involve?
  3. Is it possible to take advanced Economics option courses?
  4. Do I need to do any reading before I start the MPA?
  5. Can I request a waiver for one of the core MPA courses if I think I have already done an equivalent course?

Living in London|

  1. How do I apply for university accommodation?
  2. I want to book a return flight to London - what are LSE's term dates?
  3. Will I be able to work while studying for the MPA?

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 Admissions

When is the deadline for accepting my offer?

There is no set deadline for accepting your offer. You may receive reminders from Graduate Admissions| if you have held your offer for some time, but your offer will not be withdrawn because you have not yet responded. If you will need to apply for a student visa, please note that Graduate Admissions| will not issue you with a CAS number unless you have accepted your offer.

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How can I check whether my documents have been received by the LSE?

You can track the progress of your documents through the application tracker. Please remember that Graduate Admissions| deal with all graduate programmes at LSE and receive a very large number of documents on most days. Graduate Admissions| publish information on the web about their current processing times so please check this as it may take longer to process documents at busy times.

The Institute of Public Affairs does not receive your documents so we will not be able to tell you whether they have arrived at LSE or when they will be processed.  If you are worried that something may have been lost in the post, please contact Graduate Admissions| directly for advice.

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I have a question about a document I have to provide in my offer letter - who should I contact?

Please contact Graduate Admissions| with any queries about documents you have been asked to provide.

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Can I defer my offer?

The MPA programme does not have a deferral system. Requests for deferrals can only be considered in very exceptional circumstance such as personal/family illness or the impact of a natural disaster. If you feel your circumstances are exceptional, you can request a deferral online|

Please note that deferrals cannot be granted on financial grounds or because of employment opportunities, but it is possible to reinstate an application for the following year.

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What does reinstating an application mean?

If you are unable to accept your offer, you may want to consider reinstating your application for the following year. Reinstating means that your existing application form and documents will be forwarded to the Selectors in the next round of applications so you will not need to provide new copies of transcripts and references.

All reinstated applications are considered again by the Selectors so there is no guarantee that you will receive another offer. You can reinstate your application for the following year online|.

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Can I visit the campus before I start the programme?

There is open access to many parts of LSE's campus and visitors are welcome to take a self-guided tour using a campus map. LSE also has many public events| which are often open to all, although some do require a ticket.

The teaching and research commitments of the academic staff mean that they are not able to meet with offer-holders but if you have specific questions, you can e-mail mpa@lse.ac.uk| for further information.

It is not possible for offer-holders to attend any teaching sessions connected to the MPA programme or any other LSE programme as these are only open to registered LSE students.

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 Visas

I need to apply for a student visa - when will I receive my CAS number?

CAS numbers are issued by LSE’s Graduate Admissions Office|. As such, please check the communications sent by Graduate Admissions (both by e-mail and through the application tracker) for information about CAS numbers, which are usually issued from May onwards.

 

Graduate Admissions require you to hold an unconditional offer, to have accepted your offer and to have completed your Financial Undertaking Form before they will issue a CAS number.

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Who should I contact if  I have a question about my visa application?

LSE’s International Student Immigration Service| has a large amount of information for prospective students on its webpages. If you cannot find the information you require, there is a web query form available|

The ISIS| staff are the only people at LSE who are qualified to give advice on visa issues so the Institute of Public Affairs will not be able to answer detailed queries about visas.

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 Fees and Finance

When do I need to pay my tuition fees?

Please see the Fees Office| for information about how and when to pay your tuition fees. These pages also contain information about how sponsors are invoiced.

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Where can I find information about scholarships and financial assistance? 

All LSE scholarships and financial assistance are co-ordinated through the Financial Support Office|. Their webpages contain further information, including details of how to apply to LSE’s Graduate Support Scheme|, and a list of external organisations that you may be able to apply to.

Unfortunately, the Institute of Public Affairs does not have any funds available to assist students with the cost of the programme.

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 MPA Information

When does the MPA programme start?

The MPA programme starts on the registration date stated in your offer letter. There will be orientation activities on this day as well as registration, therefore you will need to be in London and ready to attend by the registration date. The MPA pre-sessional course starts the following week.

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What does the MPA pre-sessional course involve?

The MPA pre-sessional course is a refresher course in mathematics and statistics which all new MPA students are required to take. The course begins on the first Monday after registration and consists of eight days of lectures and classes. It is designed to give students an indication of the level of understanding required for the first year MPA economics courses and to introduce them to some of the terminology that will be used during the first year.

As the course is a refresher course, it will not start from an absolute beginner level so offer-holders with limited previous experience in this area may find it helpful to do some independent learning in advance. There will be test at the end of the pre-sessional course but this does not count towards the MPA. Waivers are not granted for the MPA pre-sessional course.

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Is it possible to take advanced Economics option courses?

Due to the advanced level of the courses offered by the Department of Economics at LSE, access is restricted to students who have a strong background in economics and who meet the conditions set by the Department of Economics.

Offer-holders who hope to take option courses with the Department of Economics would need to take the Department of Economics' pre-sessional course EC400 and pass the test at the end of the course. This is a three-week pre-sessional course that begins in early September. Please note that access to this pre-sessional course is strictly limited to students with an appropriate academic background.  Only offer-holders with a strong background in economics who have a previous degree (or major) in economics and previous coursework that includes microeconomics, macroeconomics, calculus, linear algebra and econometrics will be selected by the MPA Selectors as eligible for EC400. Applicants who are identified as being eligible for EC400 will be notified of this in their offer letter.

If you are not identified as being eligible for EC400 at the beginning of the MPA programme, there is another opportunity to request to be considered for this pre-sessional course at the start of the second year of the MPA.

Please note that EC400 is not required for the economics courses that are part of the MPA core curriculum|.

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Do I need to do any reading before I start the MPA?

There is no required reading to be done before starting the MPA programme. Details of some suggested reading will be sent to offer-holders in the summer before they are due to join the programme.

Offer-holders with limited previous quantitative experience may wish to take a short course or distance-learning course in calculus before joining the programme.

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Can I request a waiver for one of the core MPA courses if I think I have already done an equivalent course?

The MPA curriculum| has been designed by the academic staff who run the programme.  Waivers are not granted on the basis of courses taken as part of your previous university studies.

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 Living in London

How do I apply for university accommodation?

Information about LSE’s halls of residence and how to apply can be found on the Student Accommodation| webpages. There is also a section on finding private housing.

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I want to book a return flight to London - what are LSE's term dates?

The MPA programme follows the standard LSE term dates|. All teaching and exams take place within the LSE term dates. Please note that you are expected to be in attendance during term-time.

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Will I be able to work while studying for the MPA?

Some students do work part-time while studying for the MPA. Occasionally there are opportunities to work on campus but teaching assistant positions at LSE are normally only available to PhD students. If you are at LSE with a student visa, you need to make sure that you do not work more hours that your visa allows you to.

Please be aware that as the MPA is a full-time programme you could have classes on any day of the week and if you try to arrange your schedule to leave a particular day free, this may affect your choice of courses. There is also no guarantee that you will be able to arrange all of your classes so that you have a whole day free.

The Institute of Public Affairs is not able to assist students with finding part-time employment although any details of employment opportunities that we receive are circulated to students. 

LSE’s Careers Service| has a vacancy board where registered students can search for employment opportunities (please note this can only be accessed by registered students and not by offer-holders).

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