For information to help you settle in during your first few weeks at the School see Your first weeks.
For information on registration see New Student Programme Registration.
For campus and area maps, room numbering and other useful information about finding your way around the campus see LSE maps and directions.
For information on the many activities going on around the campus see the calendar on the LSE Students' Union website: What's on.
Any questions? Contact your programme manager:
- Clara Lyons - BSc Programme Manager;
- Shakila Khan - MSc Programme Manager (Human Rights; Economy, Risk and Society; Political Sociology);
- Kylie Lawrence - MSc Programme Manager (Sociology; City Design and Social Science; Culture and Society; International Migration);
- Kalynka Bellman - PhD Programme Manager
Where is the Department of Sociology located?
The Department is located in the centre of the campus, in St Clement’s Building (prefix STC). See LSE maps and directions. Due to redevelopment work on campus the building is currently accessible via the back entrances only. There may be changes to some academic and administrative staff offices, but we will keep these as up to date as possible on our People webpages.
Please note that our postal address is The Department of Sociology, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE.
When is the Welcome meeting? Is it important to attend?
Welcome Week is held the week before classes begin. This page will have a link to the Sociology Welcome Week timetable before the beginning of the academic year. LSE also holds general Welcome Presentations for all new students - follow the link above to the School’s webpages. It’s a good idea to attend all Welcome Week sessions if you can, but if you are unable to arrive in time please let your programme manager know.
What is the difference between a 'course' and a 'programme'?
We use the words 'course' and 'programme' interchangeably. In other words, the 'MSc Sociology degree programme' can also be referred to as the 'MSc Sociology course'. A course within that, e.g. SO433 Cultural Theory, may be referred to as a course or a paper (NB the prefix ‘SO’ means this is a Sociology Department course – or paper). So, a programme may be called a course, but a course will never be called a programme. It should all make sense after you arrive!
What is the difference between a 'class' and a 'seminar'?
Classes are held for undergraduate students to provide an opportunity to discuss issues raised in lectures and as a result of private study. Normally, classes have up to 14 students and meet for one hour a week. Most classes involve student presentations as a way of starting discussion. Seminars are similar to classes but are held for postgraduate students and will normally have up to 15 students, although some course conveners may have opted to keep all the students together in a larger group. They are normally 1.5 hours in length but again, that may vary.
Is there a Departmental Common Room?
The Robert McKenzie Room (STC 219) can be used as a common room/study space for all students when not in use for meetings or seminars.
Is there any formal representation of students in the Sociology Department?
Yes, there are staff student committees for all our programmes. There are two student representatives from each year for the BSc and MPhil/PhD programmes, and for each MSc programme. These are decided by the students within the first few weeks of MT and there are termly meetings of the committees so that student reps can raise any issues of concern with staff.
When will I be given access to email? Can I access reading lists before the session begins?
If you are coming to the Sociology Department as an undergraduate, you will be sent information from the School's Undergraduate Admissions Office in due course regarding the date from which you can access your network log-in and email account. Please note that this information will only be sent to you once any conditions attached to your offer have been met. Such access is likely to be prior to registration but after 31 August. At this point you will also be able to make your course selection via LSE for You, and to register on Moodle, the School's virtual learning environment, where you will find reading lists. If you are coming to the Department as a postgraduate student, you should check the Graduate Admissions website during the summer for a link to information regarding your network log-in and email access which will be via LSE for You. Once you have a School network account, you will be able to register on Moodle and may be able to gain access to the readings and other information even if you decide not to take the subject as an examination option (provided access has not been limited to students enrolled on the course, as is sometimes the case).
What study skills support is provided by the School?
The School offers a range of study support facilities, via the Library, IT Services, LSE Language Centre, the Student Services Centre, the Teaching and Learning Centre, and now LSE LIFE - the School's go-to centre for academic, personal, and professional development.
How many hours a week are given over to lectures and classes/seminars? How is teaching distributed across the three terms?
For each examinable course that you will be taking, there will normally be a weekly 1-hour lecture and an accompanying 1-hour weekly class (for undergraduates) or 1.5 hour weekly seminar (for MSc students). These normally run during Michaelmas and Lent Terms with revision sessions in the early part of the Summer Term. Sometimes you will also be advised by the course coordinator to attend a complementary set of lectures. Details of the teaching arrangements for individual courses can be found in the relevant course guides. You can also view the online sessional timetable for each course and see your personal timetable on LSE for You.
Does the Department of Sociology hold reading weeks?
Week 6 of both the Michaelmas and Lent terms will be classed as mixed reading weeks within the Department, which means that while some courses will be holding pure reading weeks, other courses will be using the time to hold additional learning activities, such as research methods workshops, skills development training, and applied case studies to name but a few possibilities. See Index of Modules which will be updated later in the summer to see the individual course structures.
Can I tape lectures and access lecture notes?
The recording of lectures requires the prior consent of the lecturers, who may also distribute lecture notes and slides at their own discretion. Many lectures are now recorded automatically and made available to students online. The Department will make reasonable adjustments for the needs of students with disabilities.
How often will I meet my academic adviser?
This and other details of academic adviser provision can be found in: Code of Good Practice for Undergraduate Programmes and Code of Good Practice for Taught Course Masters Programmes.
Do students usually work to support themselves while studying, and what paid jobs are available within the School? Also, are internships arranged by the Department?
Some students do take on part-time work during their studies. However, as it is important not to over-commit yourself, it is advisable to speak to your academic advisor about any such plans to ensure that the time commitment involved will be compatible with your studies. The Students' Union offers some opportunities, and the LSE Events employs students as stewards for the many public lectures and events held at LSE. You could also try asking the Library and your hall of residence if there are any vacancies. The Department does not arrange internships but graduate students may be interested in the LSE Internship Scheme. For more guidance see Part time work.
When will the examinations be held and when will the examination timetable be available?
Examinations are held in the Summer Term (and in some departments, certain courses may be examined at the beginning of Lent Term). The examination timetable, which is organised by the School's Examinations Office, not the Sociology Department, is normally published by the end of the preceding Lent Term.
Are there any social/study events in the Department of Sociology?
We start the year with a welcome party for all new sociology students during Welcome Week, so do come to that if possible. We also have a Christmas party in the last week of MT and you may have get-togethers by programme.
I can’t find the answer to my question here, where can I find it?
Your individual course handbook should give you most of the information you need to know. All the handbooks will be available online, and you will be given a physical copy at the beginning of term. In addition, there is more information about every aspect of studying at LSE on the LSE website. If you are still not sure, contact your programme manager (see above).
What if I am a part-time MSc student?
If you are studying for your MSc on a part-time basis, see our additional FAQs for part-time students.