Any offer of admission that the School issues is only valid for the specific programme for which it is made.
For those that wish to be considered for a place on an alternative programme to the one originally applied for should note the following.
Applicants can only request a programme substitution if one of the following conditions apply:
- the applicant has not yet received a decision from LSE (in which case it is a relatively straightforward substitution of one programme for another)
- the applicant has received a decision (offer or rejection) on the programme originally applied to BUT hasn't used all five programme choices (in which case it is an additional programme choice)
Please note, however, that it is not possible for an application to be re-considered for a programme for which you the applicant has already been rejected. Neither is it possible to make a substitution if the applicant has already been rejected by LSE for their original programme choice and has used all five programme choices.
If the applicant satisfies the above criteria and is eligible for consideration for a place on a different 'new' programme, they must contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office outlining the reasons for the change. Providing the request is received before 15 January the application will be considered alongside all other on-time applicants to that programme.
If the request to change programme arrives after 15 January, the application will be classed as late. Due to the high volume of on-time applications we receive each year, it is extremely unlikely that a late application will be considered for any programme.
Once a substitution has been made, applicants cannot revert to their original choice; thus if the Admissions Tutor for the new on-time programme choice decides not to offer you a place, or we do not look at any late applications, the applicant cannot then be re-considered for their original programme choice at LSE.
Changing programme after registering at LSE is not recommended, and is only possible in exceptional circumstances. A formal procedure must be followed, as part of which the request for a change of programme must be given approval by the programme tutor. The majority of degree programmes at LSE are over-subscribed every year, so departments simply do not have the capacity to accept new students at the start of the year.
If a request to change programme is not approved, the student will be expected to complete the degree programme that they registered for.