Submitting an appeal

Students should note that the School operates a strict deadline for the submission of appeals. Masters students wishing to make an appeal must ensure that it is submitted by 17.00 on Friday, 13th December at the latest. If you do not submit your appeal by this deadline, it may not be considered.

If you believe you have valid grounds for appealing against the decision of the board of examiners, you should read the Regulations for the consideration of appeals Against decisions of boards of examiners for taught courses|, and then follow the procedure described below.

If you have any questions regarding the appeals process, please email| and we will respond to your query as quickly as possible.

Alternatively, independent advice on it can be obtained from the LSE Students' Union Advice Centre, email|.

Some points to note

  • Appeals must be submitted using the appeal submission form which you can download from this page: it should be completed in full and submitted by email to by the deadline with any relevant supporting information (such as a medical certificate).
    Incomplete appeals will not normally be considered.
  • You can submit your appeal in hard copy using the appeal submission form and either delivering it by hand or mailing it to the: Assessment Regulations Team, Student Services Centre, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE.
  • You must submit your appeal within four weeks of the date on which the School posted the decision which you wish to appeal against; for Masters students the deadline is Friday, 13th December. Please note that all results are posted on LSE for You and are not sent via post or email.
  • Please remember that the questioning of the academic judgement of the Sub-Board or the School Board of Examiners, if it has acted in accordance with all relevant regulations and procedures, cannot form a basis of any appeal.
  • You will receive an automated response confirming receipt of your appeal and will normally receive a decision on it within 10-15 working days of it being received.

Deadlines for submission of appeal

Appeal submissions must be submitted by 5pm (17:00 BST) on the relevant date indicated below:


       12 Month Masters

       Friday, 13th December 2013

Download the Appeal Submission form here|

Grounds for appeal

  • There are two grounds the School accepts as the basis of appeals. These are procedural defect or, exceptionally, new information about mitigating/exceptional circumstances.
  • Appeals based on procedural defect must include a personal statement about how the alleged defect significantly and negatively affected the student's individual performance in the examination or set of examinations in question.
  • For an appeal based on new information about mitigating/exceptional circumstances to be valid, two conditions must be met:

    • First, good reason must be provided about why such information was not submitted within seven days of a student's final examination or their dissertation submission deadline (whichever is the last affected formal assessment) in the affected year, as set out in paragraph 8 of the 'Principles for the consideration of appeals' section in the Regulations and in the 'Examination Procedures for Candidates'.
    • Second, the circumstances on which the student wishes to base his/her appeal must be corroborated by official documented evidence (e.g. medical letter, death certificate, etc). The student is responsible for ensuring that all evidence is in English. Translations by the student of original documentation is not acceptable.
  • Appeals based on new information about mitigating/exceptional circumstances must include:
  • (i) a good reason for the late submission of this information;
  • (ii) official documented evidence in English; and
  • (iii) a personal statement about how these circumstances significantly and negatively affected the student's performance in the examination or set of examinations in question.

For information about the School's mitigation procedure during the 2012/3 academic year please click here|.

If following the completion of the School's internal procedures you remain dissatisfied with the outcome of your appeal, you may be eligible to appeal to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator.

See: Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education|.