Graduate Course Choice

Programme Regulations

Students following a taught programme must take a certain number of courses each year as prescribed by the programme regulations - this is normally the equivalent of four full units per year. 

You can view all compulsory and optional courses for your Programme of Study in the Programme Regulations, which are published in the Calendar

Programme regulations for the new academic year will be available from September of that year. Programme regulations from previous years which are relevant to continuing students are displayed to them in the LSE for You course choice system.

Course Guides

Course Guides provide descriptions each course, including a brief synopsis, the number of teaching hours, the method(s) of assessment and any recommended reading.

Course guides for the new academic year will be available from September of that year.

Course Finder

Course Finder allows you to browse available courses by unit value, keyword, department, and assessment type. You can build a shortlist of courses and compare the Lecture Timetables for that shortlist.

Once you have selected your shortlist, you must then use the LSE for You Course Choice system to officially request a place on those courses. 

Course Finder is available from Welcome Week until the close of the LSE for You Course Choice system.

LFY Course Choice System

You must register for all courses that you are required to take as part of your taught programme using  LSE for You. All course choices are subject to approval from your Department, availability and timetabling constraints.

To use the course choice system, all of your required admissions documents must have been submitted. Although you do not have to be registered to access the course choice system, your application must be complete. You must formally register with the School before you start attending lectures or seminars.

Tutorials demonstrating how to use the course choice system can be found here

Graduate Course Choice Dates

The online course choice system is available as follows:

  • Welcome Week 'browsing' period
    10:00 on 18 September 2017 to 10:00 on 22 September 2017
  • Michaelmas Term Course Choice Period
    10:00 on 22 September 2017 to 12:00 on 09 October 2017
  • Lent Term Course Choice Period
    10:00 on 8 January 2018 to 17:00 on 19 January 2018.

During the 'browsing' period you will be able to access the Graduate Course Choice facility to familiarise yourself with its functionality and the options available to you. However, no course selections will be saved during this period. If you are logged in when the system switches to live at 10.00 on 22 September you may need to refresh your browser in order to start making course selections.

You will not be able to select or change courses on LSE for You after these periods once your final choices have been approved by your home department.

Changes to Lent Term half units can be made during the Lent Term Course Choice Period. However, you will not be able to change courses that are taught during Michaelmas in this window.

You must make every effort to finalise your course choices within the two course choice windows. Changes outside of these windows can only be made in very exceptional cases and once 19 January 2018 has passed no changes can be made. 

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 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 timetable clashes.
  4. Take a look at the LSE for You Graduate Course Choice Tutorial to familiarise yourself with the system general.
  5. When the browsing period opens, look through the system so you know what to expect and to check the courses on offer.
  6. When the course choice system is activated 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. All courses for which you have successfully registered should now appear in the Registered Courses section on your main course choice page.
  10. 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.

Start of Year Course Choice Drop-Ins

At the beginning of each Academic Year there will be drop-in sessions in the Student Services Centre to help with course choice troubleshooting. 

This year the drop-ins will start Wednesday 20 September 2017 and will be every week day 3.00pm to 4.00pm in the Student Services Centre. The drop-ins will run until 09 October 2017, when course choice closes.

Controlled Access Courses

Many graduate courses are designated as ‘controlled access’ due to limited places and/or prerequisites that are required in order to study the course. These will be highlighted in green on the list of available courses in the LSE for You course choice system. You can find information about controlled access master's and PhD courses, how applicants are selected, and deadlines for applying here.

You will be notified of the outcome of your request to take a controlled access course by email. If you have been offered a place on a controlled access course, you must use the course choice system to indicate whether you would like to accept or decline the offer within two working days of receiving the offer email. After this time the offer will expire.

If you intend to use an offer to replace another course you are registered for, you must Withdraw from that course before you accept the new offer, to ensure that you do not exceed the maximum number of units your programme regulations allow you to take.

Please do not assume you have a place on a controlled access course until you have been officially informed of this and accepted the offer. You will not be able to sign up for a seminar until you are registered for the course.

You can withdraw a request to take a controlled access course before/after you are notified of the outcome or drop the course after you are registered for it.

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. Please contact LSE for You if you have been made an offer but have not received notification or cannot see the offer on LSE for You. 

Seminar Allocation and Seminar Sign-Up

Seminar sign up is a separate process to course choice. Some departments allocate students to seminars, and some departments will allow students to sign themselves up to seminars. You can see which method is used for each of your registered courses in the seminar sign-up system.

Online Graduate Seminar Sign-Up is available in LSE for You and can be used once you have successfully registered for a course and the department responsible has made the course available for seminar sign up. 

Seminar sign-up is accessible throughout the following periods:

  • Michaelmas Term: 10:00 on 22 September 2017 to 17.00 on 09 October 2017
  • Lent Term: 10:00 on 8 January 2018 to 17:00 on 19 January 2018

If you fail to sign up for seminars during this time, the department may allocate you to a seminar group of their choice on your behalf. 

Personal Timetables

As you select your courses your timetable will begin to be generated. 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

Making Changes after the deadline

During Michaelmas Term

You are expected to finalise your course choices before the deadline on 09 October. However, if there are exceptional reasons which mean you need to make changes after this date please contact your Department in the first instance. 

After 27 October 2017 it is not possible to make changes to full-units and half-units taught in the Michaelmas term.                                                                                                         You will be assessed for these courses and the attempt will count.

During Lent Term

You can make changes to half-unit courses that are taught during Lent Term using LSE for You between 8 January and 19 January 2018. It is not possible to change full unit courses or half-unit courses that were taught in Michaelmas term during this period.

After 19 January 2018 you cannot make any changes at all to your courses. Forms received after 19 January will be returned unprocessed. 

Further Information

Programme Regulations
Course Guides
LSE for You Course Choice Tutorials
Enrolling on courses taught at other University of London institutions