The Research Degrees Unit is exclusively for research students. We deal with all administrative aspects of your research programme, such as registration, examination entries, interruptions and can offer advice on most aspects of your research programme.
You should visit the Student Services Centre (Old Building) if you have a query relating to your student visa (International Student Immigration Service) or LSE funding for your programme (Financial Support Office).
Our webpages are currently in the process of being redesigned to allow you to access information in two ways: either by your year of study or by topic. You might find therefore that some information is repeated.
On the following pages you should find the information you will need at each stage of your programme, whether you wish to find out about registration or whether you are about to enter for the examination and submit your thesis. We welcome feedback on the information provided and how helpful it is to students, so please do email any comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Term dates, attendance, vacations and working during MPhil/PhD study
You will find the term dates for the current academic year on the School’s website. Please also take the time to read the statement on term dates, vacations and working during MPhil/PhD study as this contains important information relating to your obligations as a research student.
You are expected to be in regular attendance at the LSE for workshops, seminars and supervisory meetings (unless you have been granted permission to reside outside of the UK for a short period of your registration). If you are going to be absent from the School for more than 2 weeks you will need to notify your department and the Research Degrees Unit. The way in which you do so will depend on the reason for and length of your absence. If you are: going on a period of fieldwork; undertaking a period of study elsewhere; or interrupting your studies you will need to look at the ‘changes to registration status pages’ and complete the relevant form. If, however, you are going to be absent for a shorter period of time of between 2 and 4 weeks for another purpose (for example, to attend a conference) you should simply email email@example.com confirming the date you will be absent from and when you will return.
Electronic PhD Log
The School has been using an electronic PhD Log since 2008-09 as a tool to support students and their supervisors. It is a place where you can record outcomes of supervisory meetings, post work for comment and keep track of your submission deadline. The School made the Log available for all departments, students and their supervisors to use in 2013-14. Not all departments are yet routinely using it for this purpose; you should check the requirements of your own department and use the Log accordingly. We will be posting some further guidance on using the Log in due course.