LSE is currently remodelling the structure of its academic year to improve students’ teaching and learning experiences.
Under the new model the Michaelmas and Lent Terms will each be a week longer, and the Summer Term will be three weeks shorter. This means that the School’s teaching terms will be longer, the summer examination session will be shorter and the academic year will finish earlier.
The new model will be run for the first time in academic year 2015/16. The dates below – and thereafter – are based on the new academic year model.
Thursday 24 September – Friday 11 December
Monday 11 January – Thursday 24 March*
Monday 25 April – Friday 10 June
*The School will be closed for the Easter vacation on Friday 25 March 2016.
For those departments that operate them, School Reading Weeks are the weeks beginning Monday 2 November 2015 and Monday 15 February 2016.
Thursday 22 September – Friday 9 December
Monday 9 January – Friday 24 March
Monday 24 April – Friday 9 June
For those departments that operate them, School Reading Weeks are the weeks beginning 31 October 2016 and 13 February 2017.
Thursday 21 September – Friday 8 December
Monday 8 January – Friday 23 March
Monday 23 April – Friday 8 June
For those departments that operate them, School Reading Weeks are the weeks beginning 30 October 2017 and 12 February 2018.
Thursday 27 September – Friday 14 December
Monday 14 January – Friday 29 March
Monday 29 April – Friday 14 June
For those departments that operate them, School Reading Weeks are the weeks beginning 5 November 2018 and 18 February 2019.
Attendance and employment
Students on full-time 12-month taught Master's programmes are required to study for a full calendar year. This means that students are expected to study beyond the end of the Summer Term to prepare their dissertations in time for September submission.
Taught Masters students who are Tier 4 visa holders will continue to be restricted to term-time levels of permissible hours of work during the summer, paid or unpaid. More information on working during studies can be found on the School’s International Students Immigration Service LSE International Students Immigration Service.
On rare occasions, UK universities experience industrial action by staff which may prevent the full range of services, including teaching, being offered to students. The right to take industrial action is permitted by law and the members of staff concerned have legal protection if acting within the law.
If services are affected by industrial action or other events beyond the School's control, the School will use its best endeavours to provide alternative facilities, not necessarily at the time of the action or event. Students should be aware that the School will not issue refunds of fees where industrial action or other events beyond the School's control affect teaching or other services
Previous Term Dates
Thursday 4 October 2012 - Friday 14 December 2012
Monday 14 January - Friday 22 March 2013 (N.B. LSE100 exam is held on Friday of LT week 0 for UG 2nd years)
Monday 29 April - Friday 5 July 2013
Thursday 3 October - Friday 13 December 2013 (N.B. the first day of teaching is Monday 7th October, this is Michaelmas Term week 1)
Monday 13 January - Friday 21 March 2014 (N.B. LSE100 exam is held on Friday of LT week 0 for UG 2nd years)
Monday 28 April - Friday 4 July 2014