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Documents to support your application - rules and exceptions

The table below gives information regarding the supporting documents we require and the circumstances in which we require them.

Document Rule Exceptions Further information

Application fee

Must be submitted by all applicants


How do I pay an administrative fee?

Reinstatement fee

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


How do I pay a reinstatement fee?


Deferral Deposit

Must be submitted by all with agreed deferrals

Applicants who have secured a waiver due to extenuating circumstances

How do I pay a deferral deposit?

Reference one and two


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 may 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.

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

How do I submit my references?



Must be submitted by all applicants



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. Transcripts/mark sheets and proof of existing qualifications

See How do I submit a transcript? 

Personal Statement

Must be submitted by all applicants

No exceptions. See Personal statement

How do I submit my personal statement?


Must be submitted by all applicants

No exceptions.


Research proposal

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

No exceptions. See Research proposal

How do you define a research proposal?


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


Some programmes exempt graduates of UK universities. This is restricted to people who have completed a three year Bachelor's degree entirely based in the UK. Those who have completed an undergraduate degree outside the UK but possess a UK postgraduate qualification may need to complete the test. This may also be the case for graduates from the University of London External programme and also from overseas annex campuses of UK institutions (eg University of Nottingham, Ningbo). You should always check the individual exemptions on the GRE/GMAT page as it can differ from programme to programme.

When you complete the application form, you should indicate which category you fall into. If none of the available options apply to you, you must supply a test score.

Do I need to submit a GRE/GMAT?

English language test

Must be supplied by all applicants whose first language is not English or whose language of instruction of previous degree is not English.

See English test scores

If you have not yet taken the test, your application can be considered in its absence, but any offer will be conditional on your achieving the required score.