Permanent Withdrawal from a Programme


If you are facing difficulties with your studies, whether for academic or personal reasons, there are a number of services in the School that may be able to help. In particular, consider contacting the Teaching and Learning Centre at or 020 7852 3627 for guidance on learning development, writing, access to counselling and support for disability concerns. If you are having difficulties with studying in English contact the Language Centre at or 020 7955 6713.

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 reason 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 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 31 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 who withdraw 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

Further advice

Students can also speak to the Students' Union Advice Centre.



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