Visiting Research Student in Finance

  • Graduate research
  • Department of Finance
  • Application code N3EA
  • Starting 2020
  • UK/EU full-time: Open from October
  • UK/EU part-time: Open from October
  • Overseas full-time: Open from October
  • Overseas part-time: Open from October
  • Location: Houghton Street London

We welcome research students from other universities to spend from one term up to one academic year at LSE as a Visiting Research Student (VRS).

The VRS scheme allows students pursuing research at other institutions to attend courses and benefit from the expertise of the LSE faculty, Library and academic support services.

We welcome applications that complement the academic interests of members of staff in the Department and we recommend that you investigate staff research interests before applying. Once you have found an academic whose research interests are similar to your own you should contact them directly, outlining your proposed area of research, to see if they will agree, in principle, to supervise you during your time at LSE.

As a VRS, you will have all the usual entitlements accorded to full-time doctoral students, including support from the PhD Academy, although you are expected to be self-funded. You will be assigned a supervisor, and you can take up to four units' worth of taught courses. Examinations are optional and grades do not contribute towards a degree or diploma, but you can receive a full transcript of studies at the end of your period of study.

You can also seek registration as a VRS to take graduate level courses without the commitment of registering for a degree programme.

Programme details

Key facts

Duration From one term up to one academic year
Tuition fee
UK/EU: £3,904 per term
Overseas: £7,536 per term
Location  Houghton Street, London


Assessing your application

To apply as a visiting research student, you apply in the same way as for our MRes/PhD in Finance programme, with the same entry criteria. You can find the entry criteria for the MRes/PhD Finance here.

We welcome applications for research programmes that complement the academic interests of members of staff at the School, and we recommend that you investigate staff research interests before applying. However, please do not get in touch with faculty at this stage.

We carefully consider each application on an individual basis, taking into account all the information presented on your application form, including your:

  • academic achievement (including predicted and achieved grades)
  • academic statement of purpose
  • references
  • CV
  • GRE/GMAT (if applicable)
  • outline research proposal
  • sample of written work

See further information on supporting documents

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although you do not need to provide this at the time of your application to LSE. See our English language requirements.

Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you meet our minimum entry requirement, this does not guarantee you an offer of admission.


GMAT or GRE is required from all applicants (GRE is preferred)

More about GRE/GMAT


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