Current processing times

Last updated: 19 July 2019 08.29

This page shows the graduate admissions office processing times for incoming applications, emails and documents. It is updated at least once a day during the week.  We can only confirm the receipt of documents as they are processed. We cannot confirm receipt of documents waiting to be processed in the queue.

If you have confirmation from a courier that your package was successfully delivered to our post room on a particular date please add at least one working day to allow the package to be delivered to our office, add three days if your item was delivered on a Friday. 

You do not need to request a CAS. We will issue it automatically once your offer is unconditional and you have submitted your offer reply form and financial undertaking form. It usually takes about a week from when you fulfil all these criteria for us to check your details and issue your CAS. 

Please only call if your documents were received before our current processing date and you have not had notification from us. Unnecessary calls slow down our processing of your documents and issuing CAS statements. We will be processing LSE results released today as quickly as possible. If you have just had your LSE results, you do NOT need to send them to us.

Currently it is taking longer than usual to process decisions and documents. This is owing to staffing levels and to changes in our systems. Please be patient and do not send repeated requests or call us unneccessarily. We will inform you of changes to your application via email and the application tracker.

We cannot confirm receipt of documents until they are processed. 

Our normal phone service opening hours are 9am- 5pm UK time, Monday to Friday. Our phone service is closed between 10am-11am each Monday morning for team meetings.

Please bear in mind that around holiday closure dates, and application deadlines (also shown below), our response and processing times may be slower.

Research funding deadlines

Please note:  to be considered for LSE PhD Studentships or ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership Scholarships (for 1+3 or +3 funding), you must submit your complete application, including ALL supporting documents and references, by the following deadlines 

  • 12 December 2018 (Department of Economics only) - passed

  • 07 January 2019 (first funding panel deadline) * - passed

  • 26 April 2019 (second panel deadline) 

*Please note: to be considered for ESRC DTP Scholarships you must apply by the first funding panel deadline.

Do not wait until the deadline - apply as early as you can

We are currently processing applications received on

To get a rough idea of when your application will be processed please make a note of the date when you received the confirmation that your application was submitted and both references received.Then check this page regularly to see which date we are processing applications from (add 2-3 working days if you submitted on a Friday or at the weekend,these applications will be received the following Monday). Once your application has been processed you will receive the final acknowledgement email and be givenyour unique LSE ID number with instructions on how you can open your LSE for You account to track your application online.


19 July


We are currently processing supporting documents (this includes degree, TOEFL/IELTS/GRE/GMAT results, transcripts, references received by post and our online How do I forms) received on and including:

02 July

We are currently processing references received by email on and including:

17 July 

We are currently processing email enquiries received on and including:

To help us process decisions more quickly, please make sure that you read the information we supply before contacting us.

10 July 


We are currently processing How Do I request forms received on and including:

*This excludes How Do I forms submitting documents to meet conditions or for CAS - see the supporting documents date for these*

03 July 

We are currently sending out pre-CASs to students who have met the requirements to receive a CAS on:

08 July

We are currently issuing CASs to students who received their pre-CASs on:

10 July