Quick Start Guide

Welcome to LSE and the Department of International Development. This quick start guide is designed to familiarise you with a few essential resources you need to get off to a good start:

1. Register to get an LSE username, password, and email account

Full information on registration can be found here:


Make sure you regularly check your LSE email account as key information and communication will be sent to you there.

2. Sign up for Moodle 

Moodle is the primary web-based channel through which students interact with courses and many administrative functions of the Department and School. To register for Moodle:

  • Log into Moodle at https://moodle.lse.ac.uk and log in with your LSE username and password.
  • You should automatically be enrolled in compulsory courses associated with your programme.
  • You can further ‘enrol’ in as many optional courses as you like; in fact, Moodle should be the primary source for up-to-date information about all LSE courses.
  • You will automatically be subscribed to receive messages about department announcements and internal LSE events. You also have the option of subscribing to receive messages about external international development events and job opportunities. 

    NOTE: ‘Enrolling’ in a course on Moodle does not formally register you for the course, it is simply a way to access course information and/or interact with course functions (like signing up for seminars or submitting course essays).

Have a look at our short introduction video for Moodle: 


3. Download the Student Hub app

The LSE Student Hub will join up your day-to-day activities, help you find out all that the School has to offer and help you connect you with others in the community in a way that suits you.

You can download the app at https://studenthub.lse.ac.uk/welcome.  

Find out more about the Student Hub here: https://info.lse.ac.uk/current-students/putting-students-first/student-hub

Have a look at our short introduction video for Student Hub: 



4. Become familiar with LSE for You (LFY)

LFY is a platform used for your person admin. This is where you formally register for your course choices, pay your programme fees. 

Log into LFY using your LSE username and password here: https://www.lse.ac.uk/lseforyou

Have a look at our short introduction video for LFY: 


Find optional courses

The postgraduate course choice system will open for browsing only from 10am on Monday 24 September. From 10am on Friday 28 September 2018 until 5pm on Monday 15 October 2018 students will be able to select courses.

There are several ways to gather information on courses, and as each of these resources may provide unique information we recommend taking advantage of all of them:

Use the LSE course finder at: https://apps.lse.ac.uk/coursefinder

‘Enrol’ and view the course on Moodle to review up-to-date course information and content.

Watch introductory videos filmed by course instructors here: 

Talk to your academic mentor.

Further information on your programme regulations and course guides can be found on the LSE Calendar: http://www.lse.ac.uk/resources/calendar/

The course choice system will re-open between 10am on Monday 14 January 2019 and 5pm on Friday 25 January 2019. You will be able to make changes to Lent Term half units only. It will not be possible to change full unit courses or half-unit courses that were taught in Michaelmas during this period.

Register for optional courses

Formal registration for course is done on LSE for You (LFY)

Log into LFY using your username and password here: https://www.lse.ac.uk/lseforyou 

Expand the 'Graduate Course Choice' option in the left hand menu.

          Select 'Graduate Course Choice - Student'.

It is important to make note of both the deadline for initial course selection and the deadline for making any changes. These dates can be found under ‘Course Selection Dates’ here: 


It is often a good idea to register for Lent Term (LT) courses right away in Michaelmas Term (MT) before they fill up.  You can change your initial selection at the start of LT. Just be mindful of the deadlines for course changes!

Some courses are controlled access and/or are capped. To avoid disappointment it is a good idea to collect information on courses and apply early, and you may have to supply a supporting statement or complete some other task.  Do check the course information on both Moodle and the course catalogue for course specific guidance. 

Note: If the Department chooses to offer you a place you will have to accept that offer before you will be enrolled on the course. The offer expires after 48 hours.

Full instructions on course registration can be found here:


Meet your academic mentor

Keep an eye on your LSE email inbox for information from the department on how to select an academic mentor. If in doubt, ask!

Office hours can be booked on LSE for You (LFY).

You are not limited to only speaking with your mentor, and in fact are encouraged to seek out advice from other ID and LSE faculty.

Become aware of the wide range of support services available

Check out LSE Life, the portal for a variety of resources, seminars, and tutorials for both academic and personal help and development: https://info.lse.ac.uk/current-students/lse-life

Learn about the groups, activities, and support offered by the LSE Student Union at:https://www.lsesu.com/

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) focuses on the skills required to perform in an English speaking academic environment across the core subject areas you will encounter during your time at LSE: http://www.lse.ac.uk/language-centre/english-programmes

Find your way around the LSE

Maps and room numbering information can be found here: 

Contact us

The departmental administrative offices can be found on the 8th floor of Connaught House.

Roles in the office: 

Bree Pall, MSc Development Managment
B.Pall@lse.ac.uk | +44(0)20 7955 2626

Katharine Adnitt, MSc African development and MSc Development Studies
K.Adnitt@lse.ac.uk | +44(0)20 7955 7828

Maria do Prado, MSc IDHE and MSc Health and International Development
M.A.Do-Prado@lse.ac.uk | +44(0)20 7955 6252

Dru Daley, Deputy Department Manager
D.Daley@lse.ac.uk | +44(0)20 7955 7425

Dipa Patel, Web, Marketing, Communications and Events
D.Patel20@lse.ac.uk | +44(0)20 7955 6565

Peter Campbell, Department Manager
P.Campbell1@lse.ac.uk | +44(0)20 7955 6235