Visiting Research Student (VRS) status at LSE allows research students at other universities to spend up to 9 months (renewable) at the School at the discretion of the department concerned. A supervisor is assigned to every VRS, and you can take up to four full unit taught courses. Examinations are optional, and grades do not contribute towards a degree or diploma. A full transcript of studies can be produced at the end of the period of study.
Visiting research students care normally research and doctoral students registered at overseas universities 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.
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 - L4EA - Visiting Research Student in Social Policy. You should provide a written proposal of no more than 4,000 words, which gives details of the particular issue/problem to be addressed; relevant literature and previous research in the field; the theoretical/conceptual framework to be adopted; the proposed research question(s); and the planned research methods to answer the research question(s). This will enable the Department to make an informed decision about the proposal and, equally important, to establish if there are appropriate supervisors for the planned research. Staff cannot be expected to provide feedback on proposals and students should submit a proposal that fully covers the elements required.
We advise you to check the fees website from January onwards for final details of fees for the upcoming academic year.
All enquiries should be addressed to the Programme Administrator in the first instance.
Research Degree Programmes Administrator:
Sarah Helias: email@example.com
Doctoral Programme Director:
Professor Anne West: firstname.lastname@example.org