Visiting Research Student (VRS) status at LSE allows research students at other universities to spend up to one academic session at the School at the discretion of the department concerned. A supervisor is assigned to every VRS.
VRS's in our department need to be research and doctoral students registered at another university and wishing to undertake some aspect of their research in the UK. Certain seminars and classes can be attended subject to the advice and approval of the supervisor and teachers concerned. All courses take place in the first two terms – taught course attendance is entirely optional. A full transcript of studies can be produced at the end of the period of study.
The application procedure is to apply for the MPhil/PhD (as detailed in the Graduate Prospectus) but to use the application code for visiting status - P4E1 - Visiting Research Student in Media and Communications.
You should provide, as part of your application, a written proposal of no more than 2000 words, which gives details of your proposed research question(s), the relevant literature and previous research in the field, research methods used and theoretical/conceptual framework to be adopted. In addition to this, it is required that prospective VRSs outline the progress made in their PhD project and the reasons for the proposed visit to our department. This will enable us to make an informed decision about the proposal and it is equally important to establish if there are appropriate supervisors for your planned research (you will normally be allocated two supervisors). Staff cannot be expected to provide feedback on proposals and students should submit a proposal that fully covers the elements required. However, it is advisable that prospective VRSs seek agreement from potential supervisors prior to submitting their official application.
We also require proof of their ability to work at the required level in English, as well as two academic references, one of which must be from your current principal PhD supervisor.
Alternatively prior to your application, you would also be welcome to submit an Expression of Interest in order to gain feedback on your research from faculty members.
Please also see our webpage on How To Apply.
The VRS tuition fees for the 2013/14 academic year are:
UK and other EU students £8,904 (£2,968 per term)
Overseas students £17,184 (£5,728 per term)