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The appeal process is a last resort for candidates who were unable to engage with the School's other procedures at the right time. If you have any issues during your studies, it is very important that you seek advice and assistance at the earliest opportunity.  If you encounter difficulties of any nature, we recommend that you contact your academic advisor and/or the Student Services Centre Advice Team in the first instance.  Please also be aware of the Exceptional Circumstances procedure and its deadlines.  The vast majority of appeals that we receive are unsuccessful as the student did not submit Exceptional Circumstances when they were able to do so. 

You cannot appeal against provisional marks - this means that it is not possible to appeal against January exam results.  If you have a query about any provisional marks, you should contact your department in the first instance. 

Appeals can only be made against results released in July (undergraduate and 9/10 month master's students) or November (12 month master's students). 

You can only submit an appeal once your results have been formally released on LSE for You. You must submit your appeal within 10 working days of the release of your results. This web page will be updated with the relevant deadlines and appeal form in Summer 2017. 

If your results are not released on the published deadline (for example, if you have a tuition fee debt), and you want to appeal, you must contact us immediately once your results are released. We shall then confirm the appropriate deadline.

If you believe you have valid grounds for appealing against the decision of the board of examiners, you should carefully read the Appeals Guidance and the  Appeals regulations.

You should then follow the procedure described below.

Please note that independent advice about making an appeal and the process can be obtained from the LSE Students' Union Advice Centre.


Important points to note:

  • Appeals must be submitted using the appeal submission form. It should be completed in full and submitted by email to  together with any relevant supporting information (such as a medical certificate/doctor's letter). Appeals that are not submitted using the standard form will not be accepted.
  • You must submit your appeal by 11.59pm (23.59, UK time) on the relevant deadline listed. Appeals submitted after this strict deadline will not be accepted under any circumstances.
  • Please clearly and concisely set out all of the information using the appeal form. 
  • Challenging the academic judgement of individual examiners or the Examination Boards cannot form the basis of any appeal.
  • It can take anywhere between 15 and 35 working days to fully conclude an appeal. This means it will not be possible for your appeal will be concluded before the graduation ceremonies.
  • You should still attend the ceremony if you are eligible to do so. Attending the ceremony (or collecting your degree certificate) will not have an impact on the consideration of your appeal.

After submitting an appeal to, you will receive an automated e-mail confirming receipt of your appeal - this is the formal acknowledgement of your appeal submission and confirms that it has been received safely. 

You can normally expect to receive a decision about whether or not you have identified valid grounds to appeal within 15-20 working days after the acknowlegdement.

If you do identify valid grounds to appeal, it will take approximately an additional 15-20 working days to conclude while it is considered by the relevant Exam Boards.  Therefore, adjustments may not be made before the graduation ceremonies, and it is unlikely that your appeal will be concluded before graduation.  You should still attend your graduation ceremony if you are eligible to do so.  Attending the ceremony or collecting your degree certificate will not have an impace on the consideration of your appeal - if any changes are made once it is concluded, you will be issued with a new cerficate as appropriate. 

Grounds for Appeal

You can make an appeal on either or both of the following grounds (reasons):

  • (Paragraph 6.1 of the appeals regulations) that the examination board did not follow the correct procedure such that there is reasonable doubt that the decision would have been the same if board had followed the correct procedure;
  • (Paragraph 6.2) that there is new information about exceptional (mitigating) circumstances that affected the examination outcome. If you are appealing against a final degree classification for this reason you must also be able to meet the following conditions:

(a) that your mark profile is no more than three marks below the next higher classification in a single course; and/or

(b) that your mark profile is no more than five marks away from the next higher classification on aggregate.

  • (Paragraph 7) If appealing under paragraph 6.2, you must provide:

(Paragraph 7.1) evidence of why you did not report those circumstances at the time, as set out in the procedure for submitting exceptional (mitigating) circumstances; and

(Paragraph 7.2) evidence of the exceptional circumstances.

  • (Paragraph 8) You must provide all the necessary evidence at the time you make the appeal. You cannot provide material later without our agreement.
  • (Paragraph 9) All evidence must be in English, and you are responsible for getting any official translations if necessary.
  • (Paragraph 10) There are no other reasons for making an appeal. Specifically, you cannot appeal because you want to question the academic judgement of an examination board or individual examiners.

Please note that complaints about dissertation supervision and/or dissatisfaction with the teaching of a course cannot be considered under the School’s appeals regulations. These are properly matters to be considered under the School’s complaints procedure.

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

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. This is the independent ombudsman of last resort for all universities in England.