Rules and exceptions

Documents to support your application

The sections below give information regarding the supporting documents we require, and the circumstances in which we require them.

Application Fee

Rule:

Must be submitted by all applicants

Exceptions:

The administration fee is waived for current LSE students and Alumni

Further information:

How do I pay an administrative fee?

Reinstatement Fee

Rule:

Must be submitted by all applicants who have reinstated their application from the previous year

Exceptions:

None

Further information:

How do I reinstate my application?

How do I pay a reinstatement fee?

Deferral deposit

Rule:

Must be submitted by all applicants with agreed deferrals

Exceptions:

Applicants who have secured a waiver due to extenuating circumstances

Further information:

How do I pay a deferral deposit?

Reference one and two

Rule:

Must be submitted by all applicants.

Online: You should supply your academic references (from tutors who have taught you at university) as part of the online process. This is a secure and confidential service for referees and helps speed up the decision making process. If you are offered a place at LSE your referee might be asked to supply an original reference on headed university notepaper, and you will be informed in your offer letter if this is the case. If you or your referees prefer, you may submit your references by post as listed below. 

By post: References must be signed documents on headed university/institution notepaper (not the supplementary form), and should be typed in English. If your application is successful, we must receive original or certified signed documents prior to registration. We will accept a translation, but only if it has an official stamp from your university or a translation service and if the original document is also supplied. We will not accept an unofficial translation.

Exceptions:

The type of references we require from you will depend on when you graduated. See the full requirements on the supporting documents page.

Further information:

How do I submit my references?

Transcript

Rule:

Must be submitted by all applicants.

Exceptions:

If your university does not supply transcripts, this must be confirmed by your referee, who should include full details of all of your courses taken and marks achieved through your degree. 

Further information:

How do I submit a transcript?

Personal statement

Rule:

Must be submitted by all applicants.

Exceptions:

No exceptions

Further information:

See the supporting documents page for more details on what your personal statement should contain. Some programmes also have specific requirements, so make sure you check the individual programme pages.

CV

Rule:

Must be submitted by all applicants.

Exceptions:

No exceptions

Further information:

See the supporting documents page for more details on what your CV/resume should contain.

Research proposal

Rule:

Must be submitted by all MPhil/PhD applicants. MRes/PhD and MSc (Research) applicants should submit an outline proposal

Exceptions:

No exceptions

Further information:

See the supporting documents page for more details on what your research proposal should contain.

English language test

Rule:

Must be supplied by all applicants whose first language is not English or whose previous degree was not delivered in English at an institution in a UKVI Majority English speaking country

Exceptions:

See English language requirements pages.

Further information:

If you have not yet taken the test, your application can be considered but any offer will include a condition on you achieving the required score.

GRE/GMAT

Rule:

Must be submitted by applicants for specific programmes requiring the score. Details are on individual programme pages.

Exceptions:

See GRE/GMAT page, some programmes allow exemptions based on your previous study.

Further information:

Do I need to supply GRE/GMAT?