Glossary of terms

Making sense of the process

If you aren't familiar with the UK university system, or with LSE, you may find it useful to read through this glossary and familiarise yourself with terms that you will find a lot, both in our online information and in the emails and other material we send to applicants. If you can't find what you're looking for, try our Applicant Enquiries System (FAQs) which will also allow you to contact us directly.

List of terms

Academic conditions: These are usually for any courses you had not finished at the time of application: eg 'You must obtain a 2:1 or a GPA of 3.5'.  You could also be asked to take short courses or a mathematics or language test. You will find out if you have been set conditions if and when you are made an offer.

Application number: See ID number

Application status: You can check your application status (which will update you on what documentation we have received, whether your file has been sent to the department for consideration, if a decision has been made etc.) by logging on to the application tracking system. From time to time we will send you an email with a snapshot of your application status.

Conditions of offer: Any requirements set by the academic selector or the School. These must be met before you can start the course.  These can be official documents, or academic conditions. 

Country of permanent residence: This should be your normal country of residence outside of term time.

Date of birth: The day, month and year you were born. We use the British format of DAY/MONTH/YEAR. 

Decision: You should receive a decision within eight weeks of your application being sent to the department. (Note that this only applies to taught master's applicants - applicants for research study may have to wait longer). The decision will be communicated to you by post or email by the Graduate Admissions Office, but the quickest way to find out what decision has been made is to check the application tracking system. We cannot tell you a decision over the telephone. Please do not contact the department directly to find out if a decision has been made; all decisions must be ratified by the Graduate School before they are released and the department will not be able to help you. You can also read about how we make decisions.

Email address: This is your current contact e-mail, and our preferred method of communication. If you change it please let us know using the LSE for You application tracker. If we do not have an up to date, functioning email address for you, you are likely to miss out on vital information relating to your application.

Enquiry system: The Graduate Admissions Office does not have a direct email address. Instead, we operate an online Admissions Enquiry System that should give you an instant answer to most questions regarding the operation of the office and the application process. This operates in conjunction with the application tracking system, for keeping an eye on the status of your application and supporting documents we have processed, and the website which carries all the latest news which may affect your application (such as office closure periods). However, if you need to contact the office to report a problem you will be given the option to do so if the Enquiries System cannot answer your question.

Fee status: This states whether or not you are eligible to pay UK tuition fees.  It is not as straightforward as you might think - look here for more information on fee status.

Financial support: When you apply to a master's programme you can also apply for financial support, including the Graduate Support Scheme. There is more information about the sources of financial support available on the Financial Support Office web pages.

How Do I?: 'How Do I...?' is the Graduate Admissions web portal for submission of online forms. Several of the things you may need or wish to do during the application process must be carried out through the 'How Do I' pages. These include requesting to defer an offer, sending us further information that we have requested or submitting an amended personal statement. Most 'How Do I' forms require you to input your ID number, so keep it handy. We suggest that you visit the Applicant and Offer Holder 'How Do I...?' pages now, to get a feeling for what we might need, or you might want to do over the next few months.

ID Number: This is your unique applicant number, given in your first acknowledgment e-mail.  You should quote it whenever you contact us.  If you have previously applied or been a student at the LSE, it will be the same number you used before. Unsure?  Ask for a number reminder using the form on our How do I...? page for applicants.

Mode of study: This is either full-time or part-time. If you wish to alter your mode of study, see 'How do I change my application from part-time to full-time study or vice versa?' on our How do I...? page for applicants.

Official documents: Essentially, an original or certified copy of a document such as a degree transcript or test score. If you have not yet provided them, you will be required to submit official copies of all the documents you have sent if you are made an offer. We will inform you at the offer stage if any further documentation is required.  

Supporting documents: Any documents that are required before your file can be sent to the department for consideration. Your acknowledgement email will tell you which supporting documents we have received, and which are still required. You can keep track of any documentation that you are waiting for the Graduate Admissions Office to process on the application tracking system.

Transcript: You may also know this as a mark sheet. This is a list supplied by your institution of the courses you took there and the grades you obtained. You should be able to get the Registry department of your current or previous institution to send this to us.

Terms used on the online application tracker

This is a point-by-point guide to the application status web page. If you find your details on this page to be incorrect, you should contact the Graduate Admissions office as soon as possible using the 'Change Your Details' link on the main page of the web tracking system

Applicant / Student ID

Applicant ID Number: This is your unique applicant number which you should quote whenever you contact the Graduate Admissions Office with regard to your application.

Date of Birth: Please ensure the date displayed is correct. The date format is Day/Month/Year. If its is shown incorrectly please submit changes via the new information form, including a scanned copy of your passport showing the correct information.

Applicant's Details

Title: A formal designation such as Mr, Ms, Miss, Mrs, Dr, Prof, Lord, Lady, HRH, and so forth.

Forenames / Given Name: These should be the names given to you at birth. 名

Surname / Family Name:  This should be your family name. 姓

Country of Permanent Residence: This should be your normal country of residence outside of term time.  If this is shown incorrectly please submit changes via the 'submit extra information' How do I...? form.

Permanent Home Address

Permanent Address: This should be the address where you normally live. If you are a student and do not live at home, this should be the address where you reside outside of term time. Use the 'addresses' menu in LSE for You to update your address if you move house.

Postcode: This will only appear on UK addresses.

Home Phone: Your telephone contact number when residing at your permanent residence.

Other Phone: Additional telephone contact numbers when residing at your permanent residence.

Current Contact Details

Current Correspondence Address: Please note that if you only provided a home address, this address will appear in both Permanent Home address and Current Correspondence address fields. If, in your application, you gave address(es) in addition to your home address, then your current correspondence address should be displayed here. All correspondence / e-mail will be sent here.  Use the 'addresses' menu in LSE for You to update your address if you move house - make sure that you do this in good time so that we don't send your offer pack to the wrong address!

Postcode/Zip Code: This will only appear on UK addresses.

Home Phone: Your telephone contact number when residing at your correspondence address.

Other Phone: Additional telephone numbers when residing at your correspondence address.

Mobile: Your mobile (cellular)  telephone number when residing at your correspondence address.

Email: Your contact e-mail address when residing at your correspondence address.

Current Application Status

Preference: Select 1st or 2nd (if applicable) from the drop down box to display the status of each of your programme choices.

Course: The written name of the programme to which you have applied.

Academic Year of Entry: This should show the academic year in which you will commence your programme of study.

Month of Entry: All master's programmes commence in the Michaelmas term (late September/early October. MPhil/PhD programmes may also commence in January or April.

Mode of Study: This should read either full-time or part-time. If you wish to alter your mode of study, click here

Fee Status: This states whether or not you eligible to pay UK tuition fees or not - more information on fee status 

CAS: Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies. See our ISVAT pages for further details.

Status of Application: This indicates your application's general status in the application process: incomplete and pending other documentation; with the academic selector; type of decision and next steps. Your replies to offers are also indicated, as are any deferments, wait lists, and other statuses relevant to your application.

Passed check: We have received an original or certified copy of this document.

Copy received: We have received a copy of this document. A decision can be made with this. If an offer is made we will require an original or certified copy to be sent.

Second Choice: Why is my second choice showing as incomplete even though all documents have been submitted?
If your second choice is in a different department to your first it will not be considered unless you are unsuccessful for your first choice. This means that the web tracker will continue to display the default message that your application is incomplete even if all documents have been received. If you are unsuccessful for your first choice your second choice status will then be updated.

Financial Undertaking Form: This shows whether you have returned your Financial Undertaking Form to indicate how you intend to pay your fees.

Offer Letter: If you have been given an offer, this will tell you when the letter was sent out to you and how soon you should expect it. 

Graduate Support Scheme: When you apply to a master's programme you can also apply for the Graduate Support Scheme. The outcome of the assessment of this form will appear on your offer letter.

Proposed fees: If you hold an unconditional offer, you will be able to pay all or part of your fees on-line using a credit or debit card. Please see below for how to meet any conditions you have outstanding. 

LSE Login/Password: Your new LSE network login details will be created in late August/early September. When they are ready to collect, a link will appear under this heading.

Conditions of Offer

If a conditional offer has been made on your application, details of the conditions appear in this section of the page. This section also lists documents where we require an original or certified copy.