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FAQs on Graduate Admissions

About the Department

To learn more about the Department, our teaching staff and their research specialisations, please consult our About the Department| and Departmental Staff| pages.

Entry requirements

Please follow the links below for information about entry requirements for each degree programme.

Prospectus page and entry requirements for the MSc Social Anthropology| and the MSc Social Anthropology (Learning and Cognition)|

Prospectus page and entry requirements for the MSc Anthropology and Development|

Prospectus page and entry requirements for the MSc Anthropology and Development Management|

Prospectus page and entry requirements for the MSc Law, Anthropology and Society|

Prospectus page and entry requirements for the MSc China in Comparative Perspective|

Prospectus page and entry requirements for the MSc Religion in the Contemporary World|

Prospectus page and entry requirements for the MRes/PhD Anthropology|

The availability of programmes in the School can be checked on the Availability of Programmes| page.


When to apply and financial assistance

Full information on funding opportunities for all degree programmes can be found on the Financial Support Office's| pages. In order to be considered, you are strongly advised to submit your application as soon as possible.

MSc Applicants

Around £2 million is available annually in the form of awards from the Graduate Support Scheme (GSS) and the standard value of GSS awards ranges from £3,000 to £10,000, depending on financial need. This scheme is designed to help students who do not have the necessary funds to meet all their costs of study. Full information can be found here|.

If you complete an online Graduate Support Scheme application, you will be automatically considered for any other awards being offered by LSE, for which you are eligible. Selection for these awards usually takes place in May and successful applicants are notified in late July/early August.

Information about other awards, including LSE External Study Office scholarships as well as external country-based awards and programme-related awards, is also available. The details of all awards are updated on the Financial Support Office| webpages each October, but new scholarships may become available during the course of the admissions cycle.

MPhil/PhD Applicants

Research Statement

For guidance on completing your research statement for your application, please click here| (pdf).

Although PhD applications are considered on a rolling basis, please be aware that some funding deadlines are very early. If you wish to be considered for all PhD funding opportunities, please submit your application by 11 January 2013.

For full details of all funding opportunities, please visit the LSE's Financial Support Office webpages|.

AHRC Awards: Anthropology students will be considered for awards under the AHRC's Block Grant Partnership with the LSE for 2013 entrants. For 2013, there are four doctoral awards - in European Language and Culture, History, Law and Philosophy. If your research can properly be shown to be under one of these areas then you are eligible to apply. If you wish to be put forward for nomination, you should make reference to this both in your personal statement when applying for admission, and in any discussions you have with the department. If you are selected for nomination, you will be given more information about this process.

ESRC Awards: Full information can be seen on the FSO's ESRC webpages|.

LSE PhD Scholarships: For 2013 entry, the School is offering 59 full scholarships for new PhD students. The scholarships cover fees and living expenses of £18,000 each year for four years. They are available for Home UK/EU or Overseas students undertaking full time research in any LSE discipline, with annual renewal subject to satisfactory academic performance at the School.  Scholarships will be awarded on academic merit and research potential. There is no separate application form for these awards - if you submit a completed application by one of the three deadlines (11 January, 21 February, or 26 April) we will consider you for funding. However we strongly encourage you to apply by the first deadline (11 January) if possible. 

More information about the LSE PhD Scholarships and LSE Research Studentship Scheme can be found on this FSO page|.

In addition to these, there are opportunities for funding outside of the School which we encourage all students to research as additional funding options. Information about other awards, including LSE named awards and discipline-specific awards can be found through the Financial Support Office's website|.

Are there any language requirements?

Applicants whose first language is not English or who have not been educated to degree level in English are required to demonstrate their command of the language by taking either the International English Language Test (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Information on Language tests and scores can be found on the Admissions Enquiries page.

Please check individual prospectus entries in the prospectus to see which score level is required for admission.

Do I need GRE scores?

We do not require GRE scores for our programmes.

What are the term dates?

Term dates can be found here|.

How long is the MSc Programme, and when will I have to hand in my dissertation?

All the MSc programmes in the Anthropology Department are 12-month programmes, running for a full calendar year. MSc dissertations have to be submitted in early September.

What module options are available?

The availability of modules in the Department can be checked on the Option Availability| page. 

Can you tell me about the new visa system?

From March 2009 the UK government introduced the points based visa application system (PBS). The new system requires you to hold proof of an unconditional offer before applying for a visa - if you are initially given a conditional offer, then you will be issued with an unconditional offer once you meet the acceptance conditions. You must also have returned your offer reply form to use with your passport number on it so we can issue you a certificate with an LSE registration number to allow you to apply for a visa.

For this reason, we are recommending that students who would require a visa submit applications as soon as possible.

Further information can be found on the LSE's Visa Information for Offer Holders| pages and the UK Council for International Student Affairs| webpages.

Can I get a syllabus/reading list?

Complete reading lists for LSE Anthropology courses are accessible only to registered students. However, the LSE C|alendar| is accessible to everybody on the internet and lists the Programme Regulations for each MSc and the MPhil/PhD. The Programme Regulations contain links to the Course Guides for each module, including examples of reading list contents.

Programme Regulations for the MPhil/PhD Anthropology|.

Programme Regulations for the MSc Social Anthropology|.

Programme Regulations for the MSc Social Anthropology (Learning and Cognition)|.

Programme Regulations for the MSc Anthropology and Development|.

Programme Regulations for the MSc Law, Anthropology and Society|.

Programme Regulations for the MSc China in Comparative Perspective|.

Programme Regulations for the MSc Religion in the Contemporary World|

Who should I contact about my application?

Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office for queries about applications. Contact details can be found here|.