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What study materials do students receive?

The study materials that students receive, both online and in hard copy, are specially written by LSE academics with University of London International Programmes students in mind. Study materials include:

  • A Student handbook containing advice and practical information such as: how to enter for examinations, bookshops, libraries, contacts at the University, important dates in the year. Available online, here.
  • 'Strategies for success' – an academic and study skills handbook containing information about study techniques, planning your studies, making the best use of resources and preparing for examinations.
  • Subject guides for each course studied. Designed to guide you through the syllabus and offer advice on how to use textbooks in an organised and productive manner. The first four chapters of the subject guide for each 100 course are available to view online, here. Generally you will start with 100 courses when you register for a degree or diploma. A number of the 200 and 300 course subject guides can also be viewed, here.


  • Three years of past examination papers and examiners' commentaries (last years available openly online here). These commentaries provide an insight into how individual questions should have been tackled and outline common mistakes made by students in the past. Past papers enable you to practise for your examinations.
  • Regulations containing full details of important information such as syllabuses, programme structures, and degree classification criteria. Available online, here
  • Access to the University of London Online Library which holds a wide range of journal articles essential for students study.
  • A University of London email address which ensures good communication between students and the University.
  • Access to a Virtual Learning Environment which provides electronic copies of all study materials. This is also an open space for students to discuss interests and experience, and also to seek support from their peers while working collaboratively to solve problems and discuss subject material. Online support materials are continuously being developed and include interactive e-books, recorded lectures, academic interviews and debates, along with self-testing activities and expert study skills advice.           

Textbooks and Library access

You will need to provide your own textbooks; they will be the real focus of your studies. It is a good idea to consider the facilities available locally to you, and how accessible books are likely to be before registering:

  • University of London library

Students registered on UoL International Programmes are entitled, while living in or visiting the UK, to use the University of London Library. The library charges for this service. For more information contact the University of London, see www.ull.ac.uk

  • LSE Library

Students registered on UoL International Programmes have access to the LSE Library free of charge. Further information can be found on the LSE Library website.

  • Other libraries

Students registered on University of London International Programmes may be able to use other university or local libraries both in the United Kingdom and overseas. The University of London registry office will provide a certificate of registration to students on request if the library requires it.





Dr Robert Falkner 

Vidhi R Lalchand