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Teaching and assessments

The material that we got from the LSEā€¦ I don't think we could have found that kind of a direction elsewhere. We had a virtual learning environment, moderated discussion forums, and we could post our problems and receive replies from people who knew what they were talking about.
Sameen Meenai, University College Lahore, Pakistan, BSc in Accounting and Finance

Whether you study by independent learning or at a global teaching institution, LSE believes in a rigorous approach to your education and ensuring that you obtain a solid understanding of subjects.

Flexible study

You can manage your studies to fit in with your own schedule. As a guide, you should dedicate at least 35 hours per week for approximately 34 weeks of the year if you intend to complete the maximum of four courses in any one year.

Study materials

Your study materials are available through the Student Portal and are specially written by academics appointed by LSE. The cost of your study materials is included in your initial and continuing registration fees.

Depending on the course, materials are likely to include a student guide to the International Programmes and the Programme handbook; subject guides for each course studied; past examination papers and examiners’ commentaries; and, Programme regulations containing full details of syllabuses, programme structures and degree classification criteria.


You are assessed by unseen written examinations. You do not have to enter for examinations every year: you decide when you are ready. Examinations are set and marked by our academics to ensure your work is assessed to the same standard as London-based students at LSE.

They are held once a year, in May/June, at local centres in over 180 different countries, as well as in London. For most courses you sit a three-hour paper (or a two-hour paper for each half course). For some courses a project/coursework also counts towards your assessment.

Examinations can be sat at a number of centres in the United Kingdom and in most countries throughout the world. A full list of examination centres in the UK and overseas can be found here.

Please see University of London Programmes website for details regarding the examinations process.


EMFSS programmes with academic direction by LSE

Studying on one of our Economics, Management, Finance and the Social Sciences (EMFSS) programmes will encourage you to think critically and creatively and increase your understanding of how and why modern societies, institutions and economic systems function in the way they do.

LSE considers the programme to be a key component of how we achieve our mission of making a positive difference to the world through bringing research-based knowledge to public problems.

The programmes are assessed to the same academic standards as LSE campus programmes:

  • Research driven
    LSE has the highest proportion of research rated as “world leading” of any UK university and this informs our programme design.
  • Global perspectives
    The curriculum is designed to be international in scope.
  • Multidisciplinary
    All courses and programmes are peer reviewed by an International Programmes Board of ten academics representing disciplines from across the School.
  • Problem solving
    We design each degree to provide students with the additional knowledge and the ability to lead in solving problems which helps them to stand out from the crowd.

Welcome to the LSE community

Students on the International Programmes are considered members of the LSE community and always welcome in London. This includes:

  • Reference access to the LSE library
    The world’s largest library specialising in social and political science
  • Graduation reception at LSE
    Students and their families are invited to meet with LSE staff and academics in the historic Shaw Library at the LSE on the night before the graduation.
  • LSE Summer School
    The LSE Summer School is recognised as a global leader, with over 80 academically rigorous courses on offer. It aims to challenge and inspire students through direct engagement with LSE’s world class faculty, with more than 270 full-time LSE academics teaching Summer School courses.

    International Programmes students receive a 15% discount on tuition fees to study at the LSE Summer School.
  • Additional study abroad and transfer opportunities at LSE
    Students are able to apply for admission for The General Course, LSE's year-long study abroad programme as part of their University of London degree.

    Find out more about transfer opportunities and entry requirements
  • Postgraduate scholarship
    Awarded annually to two individuals accepted for postgraduate study at LSE who have completed one of the degrees offered by the University of London Programmes, for which the LSE provides academic direction.

Academic directors and coordinators

A team of 12 LSE academics work with the Office as Degree Co-ordinators to help ensure that academic standards in the degrees are maintained at the same level as degrees taken by students on campus at LSE.

Featured profiles

Professor Tim Forsyth

Professor Tim Forsyth
Academic Co-ordinator, International Development

Professor Tim Forsyth has six years’ professional experience within Southeast Asia as either a researcher or worker, and is fluent in Thai with skills in Bahasa Indonesia and Burmese. His research focuses on the politics of environmental policymaking.

Professor Forsyth has worked on watershed and forest policies in Thailand and Indonesia; climate change policy and technology transfer in Southeast Asia; social movements and environmental governance; and the development of new, and inclusive, public-private partnerships as a basis for implementing global policy.

Professor Martin Anthony

Professor Martin Anthony
Academic Co-ordinator, Mathematics

Professor Martin Anthony is head of LSE’s world-leading Mathematics department. His research is focused on mathematics in machine learning and investigating problems related to the theory of Boolean and pseudo-Boolean functions.

At LSE since 1990, he's won several teaching excellence awards and has been an Academic Governor, a member of LSE's Council, and many other of the School's committees and working groups.

Professor Irini Moustaki

Professor Irini Moustaki
Academic Co-ordinator, Statistics

Professor Irini Moustaki's work is on the development of statistical methodology for analysing large and complex data sets. Her areas of application are in social sciences, education, psychiatry and health.

She has co-authored books on latent variable models and multivariate data analysis and served as an associate editor and editorial member for a number of scientific journals, currently serving as editor-in-chief of the journal Psychometrika.