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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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
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.