Permanent Withdrawal from a Programme

How to withdraw

Before withdrawing permanently from a course of study, you are advised to meet with your Academic Adviser or supervisor to discuss the options available to you. It may be more appropriate for you to interrupt your studies instead.

Students wanting to withdraw from their programme should complete the Permanent Withdrawal from Studies form (also available from the Student Services Centre in the forms holder by the windows). 

Please complete the form fully including the reason(s) for withdrawal. Please note that any incomplete forms may delay processing your withdrawal from your course.

After the form is received by Student Services Centre, you might be contacted a member of staff to confirm and discuss your decision. Subsequently, the form will be submitted for processing and you will receive an email confirmation of your withdrawal at your LSE email address, normally within 3-5 working days. 

Students living in Halls of Residence should also discuss their intention to withdraw from their programme with the Residential Services Office, as a withdrawal will have implications upon their right to continue to live in the hall. 


Students are liable to pay fees up to the Friday after the last day of attendance. You will not be charged your tuition fees if you withdraw before 20 October*. The Fees Office will be notified of your withdrawal and will refund any overpayments. 

Students reliant on funds from the Student Loans Company (SLC) to pay their fees will be charged a fee in line with the schedule of loan payments from the SLC (i.e. up to 25% of the fee if the withdrawal applies before the end of Michaelmas Term, up to 50% of the fee if the withdrawal applies before the end of Lent Term and up to 100% of the fee if the withdrawal applies before the end of Summer Term).

*First year students on the MSc in Health Economics, Policy and Management or the Executive MSc in Health Economics, Outcomes and Management in Cardiovascular Sciences who withdraw on or before the fourth day of teaching in December will not be charged fees. Students who withdraw after this date will be charged half the annual fee if they have attended one unit of teaching, and the full annual fee if they have attended two units of teaching.

Research Students

Research Students who wish to withdraw should email the PhD Academy.

Further advice

Students can speak to the Student Services Centre or speak to the Students' Union Advice Centre if they are unsure about the what to do or how. 



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