The Appeal Submission deadline is 5pm on 30 November for all 12 Months Masters students'.

If you do not submit your appeal by the above deadline and using the appeal submission form (below), it will not be considered.

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 etc.).
    Appeals cannot be accepted unless submitted using the form.
  • You must submit your appeal by 5pm (17.00 GMT) on the relevant deadline listed above  using the submission form.
  • It is not possible for members of the Assessment Regulations Team to discuss individual cases before you make a submission. Please clearly and concisely set out all of the information using the appeal form. The Students' Union Advice Team can provide individually tailored advice.
  • 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 December Graduation Ceremonies.
  • You should still attend the ceremony if you are eligible to do so. Attending the ceremony (or collecting your degree certificate) will have no impact on the consideration of your appeal.

For all appeals submitted to you will receive a formal acknowledgement in the form of an automated e-mail response which will confirm receipt of your appeal. You can normally expect to receive a decision about whether or not you have identified valid grounds to appeal within 15-20 working days of your submission being received.

If you are notified that you have identified valid grounds to appeal it will take approximately an additional 15-20 working days to conclude your appeal (e.g.for relevant Exam Board members to make a decision). For this reason it is not possible that any adjustments will be made in time for the December graduation ceremonies and it is unlikely your appeal will be concluded before the new year.

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.