4.3c Changing degree programmes

Students may wish to change their degree programme. This is most likely to happen at the end of the first year or, on occasion, at the start of the programme. In the majority of cases, it will also involve the student changing home department. A student wishing to leave a department's degree programme is rarely a problem for that department's tutors as it is the student's responsibility to liaise with the department into which they want to transfer.

However, a student wishing to transfer into the department is a more complex matter, particularly if the department is a 'high demand' subject whose programmes are already over-subscribed. Some departments are therefore keen to ensure that transfer does not become a 'back door' route into the department. Rather than just declining transfers though, departments are encouraged to look at individual cases on their own merits and to set criteria for transfers which are clear and transparent even if demanding.

To this end, a DT can first investigate the student by reviewing class attendance and exam results through LSE for You. Other information that could be pertinent includes the student's initial application. Next the student may be interviewed in person to further understand why they wish to transfer. If it is then deemed appropriate for the student to transfer it may be necessary to review the student's proposed new programme of study and their choice of options in order to ensure that they are able to meet the specified programme outputs and outcomes. This is particularly relevant in prescriptive and linear degree programmes such as Mathematics, Economics or Accounting and Finance.

Details of departmental transfer practices are available only in the hard copy version of this handbook. Full-time academic staff at the LSE can request a copy from the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) tlc@lse.ac.uk|