Graduate Course Choice

Every degree programme offered by the School has a set of programme regulations, which outline the courses available to you. 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.

Choosing Courses

Course selection is undertaken using the School’s online portal, LSE for You.

You do not need to have formally registered with the school to begin choosing your courses. However, you must register formally with the school before you start attending lectures or seminars.

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 one working day for the 'Graduate Course Selection' option to appear on LSE for You.

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

Key Dates

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

  • Welcome Week 'browsing' period
    10:00 on 19 September 2016 to 10:00 on 23 September 2016
  • Michaelmas Term Course Choice Period
    10:00 on 23 September 2016 to 12:00 on 10 October 2016*
  • Lent Term Course Choice Period
    10:00 on 9 January 2017 to 17:00 on 20 January 2017.

*Please note: students on Diploma programmes must finalise their course choices by the earlier deadline of 12:00 on 03 October 2016.

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 23 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 druing the Lent Term Course Choice Period. However, you will not be able to change courses that are only taught during Michaelmas in this window.

You must make every effort to finalise your course choices within the two windows. Changes outside of these windows can only made in very exceptional cases and once 20 January 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.

Controlled Access and Capped 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 in 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.
Please contact LSE for You in the first instance, should you have been made an offer but have not received notification of this or cannot see this on LSE for You. 

Seminar Allocation and Seminar Sign-Up

Where permitted by the department teaching the course, you can also choose your seminar times using the LSE for You seminar sign-up system. Some departments may decide to allocate places to seminars centrally and this will be indicated within the seminar sign-up system.

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

  • Michaelmas Term: 10:00 on 23 September 2016 to 17.00 on 10 October 2016
  • Lent Term: 10:00 on 9 January 2017 to 17:00 on 20 January 2017

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.

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 10 October. If, however, there are exceptional reasons which mean you need to make changes after this date the Student Services Centre will process Late Course Change Forms submitted before 28th October 2016.

The Late Course Change Form can be downloaded and printed and requires approval from your Programme Director and the leader of the new course. You should submit the form only when you have collected these signatures. Once completed the form should be returned to the Student Services Centre for processing. Forms are usually processed within five working days of receipt. 

After 28 October 2016 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 9 January and 20 January 2017. It is not possible to change full unit courses or half-unit courses that were taught in Michaelmas during this period.

After 20 January 2017 you cannot make any changes at all to your courses. Forms recieved after 20 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