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MPhil/PhD Offer Holders

Dear European Institute MPhil/PhD programme 2014/15 offer holders,

Congratulations on your offer of admission to the MPhil/PhD programme of study at the European Institute, also referred to as the EI! We hope that the information on this page will help you prepare for your studies here at LSE.

We appreciate that the start of your studies can be a time of some anxiety and confusion, as you are bombarded with lots of information and instructions. Given the process, much of this is inevitable - fortunately, it also normally lasts for just a few days at the start of term! The Doctoral Programme Committee (DPC) will do our best to help you settle in and to feel part of the European Institute.

Orientation Week and Induction

It is very important that you make arrangements to be established in London before the start of the programme and to participate fully in all the induction activities.

Orientation will take place in the last week of September and first week of October. The LSE Orientation 2014 pages are designed to give you essential information to make the most of your time at the School. These pages provide comprehensive information to help you settle in to life at LSE. They provide information on what to expect when you arrive, how to open a bank account, what to do if you arrive early or late to LSE, crucial health information, how to set up your LSE IT account, School support services and much more. They can refer you to details of Orientation events taking place at the start of the academic year, the Students’ Union Freshers’ Fair, as well as central School Orientation events. You may also check the New Arrivals checklist

Programme registration

At the start of the academic year you will need to formally register on your programme of study. To ensure that you are able to complete this process as quickly as possible, each programme / department is allocated a specific time slot in which to register. At Registration, you will be asked to provide proof of your eligibility to study in the UK in order to receive your School ID card. This card will, amongst other things, allow you to access your library account. For more information, please click here.  

The School’s Registration for European Institute MPhil/PhD students will take place on Thursday 25 September 2014, 10.00-16.30, in TW2 V600 (Tower Two).

Important dates to remember

It is very essential that the new EI’s MPhil/PhD students attend the following important sessions:

Tuesday 30 September 2014: European Institute's General Induction (2-3pm, LSE Old Theatre) 

Wednesday 1 October 2014: LSE’s Welcome Presentation for MPhil/PhD Students, for all new PhD students from across the School  (2-4.15pm, G.01 Tower 1)

Thursday 2 October 2014: EI’s MPhil/PhD Programme Induction (3.30-5.30pm, NAB.1.18, LSE New Academic Building). You will be introduced and welcomed by the EI’s Doctoral Programme Director and other Doctoral Programme Committee members, will be given an opportunity to ask questions about the EI’s research programme and briefed on the study facilities and other LSE services available to you. 

Welcome drinks for the MPhil/PhD students will follow (White Horse Pub, LSE campus).


Student Services Showcase
: (11am - 2pm, a walk down Houghton Street and a visit stalls to learn more about the services at LSE)

LSE campus tours: Organised every day during orientation week.

Reading lists

Before you start your Year 1 and before you arrive at the LSE, you may find it useful to have a list of recommended readings so that you can start your Year 1 better prepared. Please feel free to take a look at the current PhD student profiles and to contact any of our current students – with similar research topics to yours – to seek advice on reading material. Please note that you may email current research students only for reading lists advice; for any administrative queries, please only contact the departmental MPhil/PhD administrator. 

Please note that you will need to get in touch with your allocated supervisors yourselves to arrange your first meeting(s). It is also very useful to make yourselves familiar with the EI’s Current Research Students pages.

Fees and how to pay them

The School offers two options for payment of fees. They can either be paid in full in September/October or by Payment Plan in three instalments. If you do not know the cost of your fees, please see the Table of Fees here.

You can pay by cheque either by posting your cheque to the Fees Office or by using the drop-box in the Student Service Centre. You can pay by credit/debit card either by using the fees page on LSE for You or via the Payment Portal. You can also pay by Bank Transfer; the full details of the bank transfer options are here

There are penalties for late payment. These may include loss of library rights, de-registration, referral to Credit Control or fines. You will be warned by email if your payments are late and/or if sanctions are going to be imposed on you. At this time you are able to contact the Fees Office directly.

Please visit the Fees Office for more information.

Certificate of registration

A certificate of registration provides proof to organisations, such as the Home Office, council tax offices and banks, that you are registered as a current student at the School. It details your full name, date of birth, term time and permanent home addresses, student number, the title, subject, start and end dates of your programme, registration status and expected date of graduation. Once you are formally registered with the School you can print out your certificate instantly via LSE for You (LFY) under the ‘Certificate of Registration’ option. Should you experience difficulties using the LFY system, or require a certificate with additional information, please email registry@lse.ac.uk. Your certificate should then be available within three working days, although it may take up to five working days during busy periods. Additionally, should you require an LFY-produced certificate to be signed and stamped, staff at the Student Services Centre will be happy to do this for you. For more information please click here.

The LSE Library

Your LSE student card is also your Library card. No additional registration with the Library is required.

We’re here to help you make the most of the Library:

• See Library staff at the beginning of term for general information, your Library guide, and other freebies. Staff are available to answer your questions.
• You can download a podcast and get started with all the information you need on the Library website
• Use Summon and the Library Catalogue to find both the Library’s print and electronic resources.
• Sign up to a course on how to find items from your reading list, and other training events from across the School.
• Staff at the Help Desk on the first floor are available for any enquiries about using our collections and electronic resources.

When inside the Library building, please remember:

• Respect the zone you are in and keep noise to a minimum in Quiet and Silent zones.
• You can eat in the Escape area (before the turnstiles) but only drinks with lids can be brought into the Library.
• Fully vacate your study place for others when taking a break.
• Do not leave your bags unattended.


The School will use your LSE email address to communicate with you so you should check it regularly. We recommend that you develop a filing system, frequently deleting and archiving mail to ensure you stay within your email storage limit. The email program, Microsoft Outlook is available on all student PCs on the LSE network. Your LSE email account will become available to you after registration.

You can also access e-mail off-campus using webmail and remote desktop or, on the move using email clients for laptops and mobile phones. For instructions on how to do this, click here.

LSE for You

LSE for You is a personalised web portal which gives you access to a range of services. For example, you can:

• view or change your personal details
• reset your Library and network passwords
• monitor and pay your tuition fees online
• check your exam results

You can also access online tutorials on how to navigate and personalise LSE for You via its login page. LSE for You will become available to you after registration; please use your LSE network username and password to login.


You can also follow the European Institute on our Facebook page. We hope that you will join and find this a useful way to learn more about the European Institute. We think that this may be a useful way for you to speak to current students and recent alumni about their experiences here at the EI. They probably had similar questions and concerns to those that you may be currently experiencing.

We very much look forward to you joining us and enriching our Institute. If you have any question at all, please don’t hesitate to email the EI’s MPhil/PhD  Programme Manager at Euroinst.Phd.Admin@lse.ac.uk . We are here to make the start of your studies an easier process!