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Graduate Course Choice

About Courses

Every degree programme offered by the School has a set of programme regulations|, which outline the courses available to students. Course guides| provide descriptions of every individual course taught at the School, including a brief synopsis, the number of teaching hours, the method(s) of assessment and any recommended reading. Both programme regulations and course guides for the new academic year will be available from September in the School Calendar|.

The following information provides details regarding the selection of courses. Course selection is undertaken using the School’s online portal, LSE for You|. Where permitted by the department teaching the course, students can also choose their seminar times using the LSE for You| seminar sign-up system. However, some departments may decide to allocate places to seminars themselves and this will be indicated within the seminar sign-up system. All seminar allocation for graduate courses is managed by the department responsible for teaching the course and not by the Student Services Centre.

Students must have secured a place on a course and have it appear on their list of registered courses in LSE for You| before it will be possible to sign-up for the corresponding seminar. 

If you are a new student and have not yet completed all of your admissions paperwork (such as your Financial Undertaking Form or Confirmation of Conditions) then the option to select your courses will not be available to you on LSE for You|. Please track your application online for confirmation of receipt of these documents, and allow 1 working day for the 'Graduate Course Selection' option to appear on LSE for You.

Course Choice Important Dates

The online course selection facility will be accessible in LSE for You| throughout the following periods:

  • Michaelmas Term:  10:00 on 3 October 2014 to 12:00 on 20 October 2014
  • Lent Term: 10:00 on 7 January 2015 to 12:00 on 26 January 2015

Please note: students on Diploma programmes must finalise their course choices by the earlier deadline of 12:00 on 10 October 2014.

You will not be able to select or change courses on LSE for You| from week 3 of the Michaelmas Term, once your final choices have been approved by your home department.

Changes to Lent Term half units can be made when the system is re-activated in January.

Seminar Sign-Up Important Dates

Seminar sign-up is accessible in LSE for You| throughout the following periods:

  • Michaelmas Term: 10:00 on 3 October 2014 to 12:00 on 20 October 2014
  • Lent Term: 10:00 on 7 January 2015 to 12:00 on 26 January 2015
  • Summer Term: 10:00 on 24 April 2015 to 12:00 on 8 May 2015

Guide to course choice

A fully illustrated tutorial on course choice is available on LSE for You|. The basic steps are as follows:

  1. Make sure all of your required admissions documents have been submitted. Although you do not necessarily have to be registered to access the course choice system, your application must be complete. If you have already registered with the School and collected your ID card, the graduate course choice facility will be available to you on the date indicated above.
  2. Review the regulations for your programme in the School Calendar and familiarise yourself with the courses available to you. To find out more about each course, click on the course code to see the corresponding course guide, where you will find details regarding the content, teaching hours, assessment method(s) and recommended reading for that course.
  3. If there is a lot of flexibility in the courses you can choose, it is advisable to consult the teaching timetable before deciding which courses to take, in order to avoid any that have teaching scheduled at the same time.
  4. When the course choice system is activated (see dates above) log in to LSE for You and select the Graduate Course Choice application from the menu on the left. The first page you will see provides some general information regarding course choice. Once you have read this, click continue at the bottom of the page to start selecting your courses.
  5. By pressing the select or drop courses | accept or decline offers | withdraw requests button, you will be presented with the standard list of courses available to you according to your programme regulations.
  6. Any courses that are compulsory for your programme will have been pre-selected. All other courses can be chosen by selecting the box next to the course code and pressing the save button.
  7. All courses for which you have successfully registered should now appear in the Registered Courses section on your main course choice page.
  8. If you would like to change your course choices, you can once again press the select or drop courses | accept or decline offers | withdraw requests button, un-tick any courses you wish to drop and then select the new courses you would like to take. Then save your new choices.

Controlled access courses

  • Some graduate courses have been designated as ‘controlled access’ due to limited places and/or prerequisites that are required in order to study the course. These will be highlighted green on the list of available courses to select. Please refer to the controlled access course guidance note for full details on selecting these courses. Please remember that if you are offered a place on a controlled access course, you must log in to LSE for You and accept the place within 48 hours.

Seminar allocation

Seminar allocation is controlled by the department responsible for teaching the course. Some departments allow students to select their own seminar using the LSE for You| seminar sign-up system. Others allocate seminars themselves. The seminar sign-up application is available under the Graduate Course Choice menu in LSE for You| and can be used once you have successfully registered for a course and if the department responsible for that course has released the facility. The department teaching the course will be able to advise regarding their method for seminar sign-up.

Student timetable

Once all course selection and seminar sign-up is complete, you will be able to access your personal timetable via the Student Timetable application in LSE for You|. Further timetable information can be found on the timetables website|

Late Course Changes

All course selection should be completed by the deadline indicated above. However, if exceptional changes are required to course choices after the deadline, a Request to Change Course| form must be completed by the student and approved by the department teaching the new course, and the student’s Programme Director. The Request to Change Course| form is also available from the Student Services Centre| counter.

Further Information

Programme Regulations|

Course Guides|

LSE for You Course Choice Tutorials|

Enrolling on courses taught at other University of London institutions|