Visiting research student (VRS) status at LSE allows research students at other universities to spend up to one academic session at the School at the discretion of the department concerned. A supervisor is assigned to every VRS, and you can take up to four full unit taught courses. Examinations are optional, and grades do not contribute towards a degree or diploma. A full transcript of studies can be produced at the end of the period of study. Other graduate students may also seek registration as a VRS to take graduate level courses without the commitment of registering for a degree programme.
Registration as a visiting research student in the European Institute is for those who do not wish to proceed to a higher degree, but want to pursue their own research with a supervisor who can support them in this research. Visiting research students can also be research and doctoral students registered at overseas universities wishing to undertake some aspect of their research in the UK. Certain seminars and classes can be attended subject to the advice and approval of the supervisor and teachers concerned.
The application procedure is to apply for the MPhil/PhD (as detailed in the Graduate Prospectus) but to use the application code for visiting status - M1EU - Visiting Research Student in the European Institute. You should provide, as part of your application, a written proposal of no more than 1500 words, which gives details of your proposed research question(s), the relevant literature and previous research in the field, planned research methods and theoretical/conceptual framework to be adopted. This will enable us to make an informed decision about your proposal and is equally important to establish if there are appropriate supervisors for your planned research (you will normally be allocated two supervisors). Staff cannot be expected to provide feedback on proposals and students should submit a proposal that fully covers the elements required.
Please see our MPhil/PhD European Studies webpage with details on how to apply.
The VRS tuition fees for the 2013/14 academic year are:
UK and other EU students £8,904 (£2,968 per term)
Overseas students £17,184 (£5,728 per term)
The VRS tuition fees for the 2014/15 academic year are:
UK and other EU students £9,264 (£3,088 per term)
Overseas students £17,880 (£5,960 per term)
Research degree students who have been registered and paying fees for a year longer than the required minimum period pay a much reduced completion fee thereafter.