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).
Click here to see the Welcome Presentation for research students.
We have highlighted below some important information relevant to the current session.
The Regulations for Research Degrees which govern your programme at the School have been revised. You can access them in full at: Calendar. The revised regulations apply to all registered students at the School, even if you first registered before the 2012-3 session. Continuing students may notice that the School no longer has a Code of Good Practice for Research Students and Their Supervisors; the key information from the Code has now been integrated into the revised Regulations. We have updated all information on our website to reflect the regulation changes: should you have any questions relating to the regulatory changes please email Researchdegrees@lse.ac.uk
If you have entered for the examination or have been examined before 22 August 2012, this will be under the previous Regulations for Research Degrees (2011-2). Information (including a copy of the 2011-2 Regulations) is provided on the Examinations section of our website.
From 2011, instead of submitting a hard copy of the final thesis once the MPhil or PhD has been awarded, an electronic copy is submitted to LSE Theses Online
(http://etheses.lse.ac.uk/), an electronic repository specifically for LSE research students' theses. Full instructions on how to submit your thesis to the repository will be provided to you on successful completion of your MPhil or PhD.
The School has published a statement on editorial help for students' written work. The statement applies to any work you might produce during your research including the final thesis you submit for examination. The Statement can be accessed on the School's online Calendar. Should you have any queries relating to the Statement, please contact Louisa Green, Research Degrees Manager (email@example.com) in the first instance.
The School has purchased iThenticate (text-matching) software for research students to use and is also operating a pilot period of compulsorily testing all theses (submitted for examination between 1 January and 30 September 2013) to it. You will find further information and guidance on using iThenticate under the iThenticate Information section of our website.
If you experience a problem with your programme of study, for example, difficulties with your supervisor, there are a number of places you can go to for help. You should always try and resolve any issues immediately by discussing it with your supervisor where possible. You can also take an issue to the Doctoral Programme Director for your department (see list of DPDs in the School) and/or the Head of your Department (see list of HoDs). The Graduate Dean is also available to meet confidentially with research students experiencing academic or personal difficulties - for an appointment please contact the Deans' Executive Assistant, Nicola Morgan (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Research Degrees Unit can also offer advice to research students, in particular on the Regulations, please email
research email@example.com to book an appointment.