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Guide to completing the online application form

Step 1

Read the general instructions to find out more about the programmes we offer and if you are qualified to apply. This section will also give you more information about the supporting documents you will need to supply in addition to your application form. Please contact Embark technical support if you experience any technical issues before reaching step 8.

Step 2 - Complete the application form online

Question 1: Programme choices (专业编码)
Question 2: Are you planning to study full-time or part-time?
Question 3: Start date. This option is ONLY available to MPhil/PhD or VRS candidates
Question 4|: Executive LLM applicants only: What is your preferred teaching model?
Question 5|: Are you or have you ever been a student, member of staff or previous applicant (including undergraduate) at LSE?
Question 6|: Title
Question 7|: Surname (family name)

Question 8|: Forename(s) (given names) in Full

Question 9|: Known As
Question 10|: Date of Birth
Question 11|: Sex
Question 12|: Email
Question 13|: Permanent Home Address
Question 14|: Correspondence Address
Question 15|: Third Party Access
Question 16|: Nationality (including dual nationality)
Question 17|: Passport name and number
Question 18|: Country of permanent residence
Question 19|: Country of birth
Question 20|: Please list countries that you have been resident in since 01 September 2008 and the purpose of your residence e.g. for education, work
Question 21|: Fee status
Question 22|: Qualifications held
Question 23|: Qualifications pending
Question 24|: Quantitative skills
Question 25|: English language proficiency
Question 26|: Other language skills
Question 27|: GRE/GMAT score
Question 28|: Specialism choices (LLM applicants only)
Question 29|: Course choices (Executive LLM applicants only)
Question 30|: Academic interests and purpose of study
Question 31|: Research proposal (MRes/MPhil/PhD and prospective Research Council studentship applicants only)
Question 32|: Writing sample (MRes/PhD Political Science and MPhil/PhD applicants only)
Question 33|: Employment history
Question 34|: Name of First Academic Referee
Question 35|: Name of Second Academic Referee
Question 36|: Finance
Question 37|: Please state to which other universities and programmes you are
applying.
Question 38|: How did you hear about graduate programmes at LSE?

Complete the Monitoring Form

Ethnicity/Disability monitoring form|
Educational background|
Declaration of criminal conviction|

Step 3 - References

Register two referees|

Step 4 - Documents and Essays - Transcript pages ( 1, 2 and 3 )

Upload transcripts, essays, a CV or any additional documents you wish to add to your application|

Step 5 - Supplemental forms

Download hard copies of the reference and transcript request forms if required|

Step 6 - Application Inspector

Check your application|

Steps 7 and 8 - Payment and submission

Pay the application assessment fee to submit the application|

What happens next?|


Question 1: Programme choices (专业编码)

Use the drop down boxes to indicate the code and title of the programme(s) to which you are applying. You may list up to two choices provided you are academically qualified for each choice. Your choices will be considered in series starting with your first choice. Enter your course choices in order of preference. If you are successful in your first choice application, you will not be considered for your second choice, as it is only possible to hold one offer of a place. You can check online whether a particular programme is open for applications on our availability of programmes page.

Make sure that you choose your programme choices carefully - although it is possible to amend them once your application has been submitted, this can cause delays to your application and confusion for your referees and the selectors for your programme. It is better to do your research into each programme carefully and thoroughly and then indicate a firm choice on the application form.

You should only submit one application form. If you submit more than one it will be disregarded.

Question 2: Are you planning to study full-time or part-time?

Use the check box to indicate whether you intend to study full-time or part-time. Check the programme pages first as certain courses are not available for part-time study. The LLM only is available for part-time study over four years.

Question 3: This option is ONLY available to MPhil/PhD or VRS candidates

AllMSc/LLM/MPA/MRes programmes start in the Autumn/Fall (Michaelmas) term only (October). If you are applying to start an MPhil/PhD in the Spring (Lent) Term in January or Summer Term in April, please use the check boxes to indicate here. You should first check that your chosen department offers the start option you are interested in. If you are applying for late entry in the current year of study, please make sure that the correct year is marked clearly in the first line of your research proposal.

Question 4: Executive LLM applicants only: What is your preferred teaching model?

Please indicate how you would prefer to study the programme.

Question 5: Are you or have you ever been a student, member of staff or previous applicant (including undergraduate) at LSE?

If you are an existing or former member of staff or student or a former applicant please indicate using the check box. Please enter your LSE ID number, if known. If you are a former applicant, please indicate this also, with your previous application number if known. This information is used to prevent duplication of computer records, it does not affect your application.

Question 6: Title

Use the check box to indicate the title you usually use. Please do not leave this field blank.

Question 7: Surname (family name)

This is the name under which your file will be registered and the name you should use on any future correspondence with us. Make sure that this is the name on your transcripts and references also to avoid confusion. If you have a previous surname please enter it as well e.g. if you have married/divorced and especially if the name on your transcript is different from your current name. If you will need a student visa to attend LSE, this should also be your passport name.

Question 8: Forename(s) (given names) in full

Please write your forename(s) in the order in which they appear. Initials are insufficient.

You should make sure that we have your complete official name as it appears on your passport, including all of your given names and family names. Failure to do so will lead to problems later on.

Question 9: Known as

Indicate the given name you are usually known by if this is not the same as your first forename.

Question 10: Date of birth

Please enter the date that you were born in the format shown here: Day/Month/Year.

Question 11: Sex

Select from the options shown.

Question 12: Email

Include a valid email address that you check on a regular basis, as this is the way we will communicate with you regarding your application. Past experience has shown that free email accounts are sometimes unreliable. It is essential that you add the LSE domain name, lse.ac.uk, either to your safe list or your contact list. From this point on all email contact will be database driven and as such emails may be directed to your junk mail folder if you do not amend your email settings.

If you change your email address, please inform the Graduate Admissions Office immediately, using the link on the online status tracker.

Question 13: Permanent home address

Please ensure you enter your address in the correct format in order to receive post from the UK. Please check with your local post office if you are unsure of the format you should use.

Question 14: Correspondence address

Please ensure you enter your address in the correct format in order to receive post from the UK. Please check with your local post office if you are unsure of the format. You should keep your address up to date throughout the application cycle using the link on the online status tracker. If you wish correspondence to be sent to your permanent address, please leave this section BLANK.

Question 15: Third party access

UK Data Protection laws require you to tell us who else you would like to be able to access your application information. Your information will not be passed on to anyone (this includes parents and partners) unless you specifically ask us to do so. You may nominate one person who can access information about your application on your behalf. Please provide their full name, email address and relationship to you.

Question 16: Nationality (including dual nationality)

Use the drop down box to enter your nationality. If you have dual nationality, use the second drop down box as well.

Question 17: Passport name and number

If you require a visa you will need to need to enter your name as it appears on your passport and your passport number here. If you do not currently have a passport you can leave this section blank.

Question 18: Country of permanent residence

Use the drop down box to select the country in which you have been normally resident, except for periods of temporary absence (including for the purpose of education), since 1 September 2010.

Question 19: Country of birth

Use the drop down box to select the country you were born in.

Question 20: Please list countries that you have been resident in since 01 September 2011 and the purpose of your residence e.g. permanent residence, for education, work

Please enter the country or countries you have lived in since 1 September 2011, and the reason you were living there (e.g. for education, working, visiting relatives, and so on). This information will be used to assess your fee status

Question 21: Fee status

Use the check box to indicate whether you consider yourself to be eligible for home or overseas fees.

 How do I know whether I pay Home/EU or Overseas tuition fee rates?|

Question 22: Qualifications held

Please give details of current university level qualifications you already hold. The information you provide here will need to be backed up with official or certified copies of degree certificates and transcripts if you are made an offer. If you state your overall average mark or GPA you will need to back this up with official proof from your university.

When choosing the principal subject, you should choose the closest match to your degree. For example, if you studied Engineering and no other subjects then use "single subject" (DG-ENGIN). If you studied Engineering as the main subject, but also did one more other "minor" subjects (for example a few modules/subjects in French, Philosophy or Law) then you should choose "main subject" (DG-ENGINMAJ) .

Question 23: Qualifications pending

Please give details of current studies from which you will graduate before your intended programme at LSE commences. Use the link to search for your institution and degree course codes. If you cannot find them in the list, enter your details in the free text box below. If yours is a multi-disciplinary degree, include the most relevant subject only. For example, if you studied Engineering and no other subjects then use "single subject" (DG-ENGIN). If you studied Engineering as the main subject, but also did one more other "minor" subjects (for example a few modules/subjects in French, Philosophy or Law) then you should choose "main subject" (DG-ENGINMAJ). Your full details will be included in your academic transcript – it is the transcript that is considered by the selectors.

For your current courses/modules where we ask you to supply whether they are whole or half units, this is to do with the amount of credit that each contributes to your final degree. This may be expressed as ECTS credits, study hours or weighting of the final mark. As an example: at LSE, each year of study is normally made up of four units. Some courses are worth a full unit and others are worth a half unit, therefore an individual student may be taking a total of eg six courses (two full unit, four half unit) to make up the four units in total. The marks for each course are weighted according to whether it is a half or full unit. We will consider your transcript as well, so please just use this as an indication of what you are currently studying.

You must be fully graduated from your current institution before you start a programme of study at LSE. If your final results will not be available by the end of September 2014 at the latest, you must state this clearly at the beginning of your personal statement.

Question 24: Quantitative skills

Use the text boxes (maximum two lines) to indicate your level of education in mathematics and statistics (eg school, undergraduate, postgraduate).

Question 25: English language proficiency

Please indicate if English is your first language or your entire undergraduate degree was taught in English. If this is the case, proceed to Q26. If not, please give details of your TOEFL or IELTS test. If your transcript does not state that your degree was taught in English, we will require official evidence of this if you are made an offer.

Please arrange for ETS to supply official proof of your score as soon as possible. If you are offered a place, we must receive an institution report of your scores, the examinee report is not acceptable. The institution code is 0972. Visit www.toefl.org or www.ielts.org for further information about English tests.

Question 26: Other language skills

Please indicate your language skills in languages other than English.

  How are language skills measured?|

Question 27: Do either of your programme choices require submission of a GRE/GMAT score before your application will be considered?

Check whether your intended programme requires a GRE or GMAT score on the individual programme pages. If a score is required, please enter it in the field displayed giving a percentile score for each section of the test and a total score. Please arrange for ETS to supply official proof of your score as soon as possible. The institution code is 0972. If a GRE/GMAT score is required for one of your choices, you must have taken the test in the last five years. If you have not yet taken the test please indicate the date you intend to take it. Visit www.gre.org or www.mba.com for details on taking the test.

What are LSE's GRE and GMAT requirements?

Question 28: Choice of specialism - LLM applicants only

If you are applying for the LLM please indicate your proposed subject area specialism from the drop down list. Full time students should then select four courses from the electives drop downs; part time students should list either one or two courses depending on their proposed term of study. Finally, select the course from those chosen above which is most likely to be the subject of your dissertation.

Question 29: Choice of courses – Executive LLM applicants only

If you are applying for the Executive LLM, you should identify at LINK the top five courses that you are interested in taking as part of the course. Please note that not all courses run each year. Please check with the Department if a particular course is crucial to your study plans.

Question 30: Academic interests and purpose of study

Please read this question carefully to find out what you are expected to write in this section. There is no minimum or maximum word requirement. Applicants tend to submit around 2-3 typed pages for their personal statements with another 2-3 pages if submitting a research proposal for a MPhil/PhD application (see Question 31). Always check your spelling and grammar before uploading the statement. If you have two choices you may wish to separately address your reasons for applying to both of the programmes chosen or write one statement addressing your interest in both areas, particularly if the programmes are very similar. If you are applying to a joint programme with LSE and PKU, your statement should be addressed to both institutions.

Question 31: Research proposal

 Please read this question carefully to find out what you are expected to write in this section. There is no minimum or maximum word requirement. Applicants tend of submit around 2-3 typed pages for their personal statements and another 2-3 pages when submitting a research proposal for a MPhil/PhD application. Always check your spelling and grammar before uploading the research proposal.

If you wish to be considered for ESRC 1+3 or 2+2 funding (see www.esrc.ac.uk) you must include with your application an outline research proposal. This proposal should be a brief description of the research topic you are considering pursuing during your PhD and should explain why you are interested in this area of research. As your research interests will develop over the year of your Master's training your proposal need only be indicative.

 What is a 1+3 programme?|

All applicants for MRes/PhD or MPhil/PhD should submit a detailed research proposal. You should state your research topic as accurately as possible and should address the following questions:

  1. What is your general topic?
  2. What questions do you want to answer?
  3. What is the key literature and its limitations?
  4. What are the main hypotheses of the work?
  5. What methodology do you intend to use?
  6. What are your case studies, if any, and what are your case selection criteria?

MPhil/PhD applications that are received without a research proposal that addresses these questions will not be considered. Your proposal should be approximately 1,500 words in length (outline proposals for MRes programmes can be shorter).

You should also indicate if you have discussed your proposed research with any member of the LSE academic staff and the name of that person.

Question 32: Writing sample

In addition, all applicants to MPhil/PhD programmes and MRes/PhD Political Science must submit a scanned copy of a marked assignment/essay. Ideally the writing sample should fulfil the following criteria, however we recognise that not all applicants will have access to a document that fulfils all of them. You should therefore send an essay that is as close as possible to the following:

  • The essay should be in English and must be your own work - if the assignment was not originally written in English, you should translate it yourself.
  • The marks/comments of the assessor should be legible
  • It should be from your most recent period of study
  • It should relate to your proposed research topic

 If you have multiple documents to upload in this section you should append them (merge them to create one large document) and upload one file OR wait until Step 4. (note that there is a 2MB (2048 KB) 100 page upload limit ) Contact Embark technical support if you have any problems attaching documents or wait until after your application has been processed and submit documents online via How do I submit new information to be added to my application?|

Question 33: Employment history

Please include details of your current or most recent employer. You should also submit a full CV/resume including your full employment history, including internships (see Step 4).

Questions 34 and 35: Names of first and second academic referee

This is not a reference request. See Step 3 to request a reference from your referee.

Question 36: Finance

You should investigate the options explained here to formally apply for any funding, you will not automatically be put forward for any funding based on your answer to this question.

How can I apply for financial assistance?

Question 37: Please state to which other universities and programmes you are applying.

This is for our information only - it will not affect the outcome of your application.

Question 38: How did you hear about graduate programmes at LSE?

This is for our information only.

Ethnicity/Disability monitoring form:

This section of the form will not be sent to the selector. Disability information will be used to help provide for any special requirements. If you wish to make contact with the Adviser to Students with Disabilities early, or arrange to visit the school, please email disability-dyslexia@lse.ac.uk at an early stage. The ethnic origin section of the form is optional, but the information is useful to us in monitoring applications and equal opportunities.

  If I have a disability how will that affect my application?

Educational background:

The UK Higher Educational Statistical Agency (HESA) requires that we request separate information about your educational background. Please fill in the fields with your most recent information.

Please read the options for highest academic qualification carefully. Each one is explained and should cover nearly every option. The "other" option should only be used if you are receiving no formal qualification.

"First degree" refers to an undergraduate degree. So if you have taken or are taking any undergraduate degree you should use HUK, HZZ or JUK. If you are taking or have taken a Master's degree you should use MUK or MZZ depending on whether the Master's is at a UK university or not. If you have taken or are taking a PhD you should use DUK or DZZ. Any postgraduate certificate or diploma, in any country is covered by M41 and M44 so if you are undertaking any programme leading to a certificate or diploma subsequent to an undergraduate degree you should use either M41 or M44. The only exception to this is the PGCE which is a specific UK teacher training qualification.

In the question regarding previous study in the UK (options 01 or 04) this does not refer only to a programme you may have already completed but also to programmes you are currently studying. So even if you have not yet completed 6 months of study in the UK but will have done by the time of registration please choose "Yes".

Declaration of criminal conviction:

To help universities and colleges reduce the risk of harm or injury to their students caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, we must know about any relevant criminal convictions that an applicant may have. If you have a relevant criminal conviction, please let us know. More information.

Step 3 Online reference submission

Register your referees in Step 3 to allow them to submit a reference online. You will not be able to read this reference but will be notified as soon as it has been submitted. Please contact your referee to remind them to submit the reference as soon as possible.

If your referee does not have access to email or is having technical issues with the online system you can send a PDF or Word copy of the reference request form. You can contact Embark technical support if you have any problems with the online references system.

Step 4 Documents and Essays

If you have a copy of your transcript already, you can submit the document in electronic format to speed processing of your decision. You can also submit any additional items such as GMAT/GRE scores, CV/Resume, writing samples etc ( note that there is a 2MB (2048 KB) 100 page upload limit ) Contact Embark technical support if you have any problems attaching documents.

There are five pages in total so you can upload five separate documents (press next to go to the next screen) or create one document if you have multiple pages and upload it in one place.

What are transcripts?

Step 5 Supplemental forms

Download hard copies of the reference and transcript request forms to send to your current institution if you do not already have copies of your transcript and have not already requested references.

Step 6 Application Inspector

The application inspector will tell you how much of your application has been completed so far.

Steps 7 and 8 Pay and Submit

You will need to pay the application fee via this page in order for LSE to receive the information you have submitted here, you cannot pay the fee directly to LSE, it must be sent via this online portal. Credit card (Visa and Mastercard) is the only method of payment. Submit the application by typing in your name in the electronic signature field. Save a copy of your application to see exactly what you have submitted.

Preview your saved submitted copy. Notice any attachments missing from the saved copy? Submit them to LSE directly via How do I ...submit new information? as soon as you receive your application ID number.

What happens next?

See our guide to the decision making process to find out what happens after we receive your application.

We will need your supporting documents to consider your application. See this link for a full guide to of rules and exceptions|. Incomplete applications will not be considered by a programme selector.

The most common reasons for us being unable to immediately consider an application are:

  • References not received, not detailed enough, not from an academic, not appropriate.
  • Transcripts not received, illegible, incomplete, do not provide information of courses taken or marks received for any exams or other assessments.
  • Documents supplied are not in English
  • Application fee not received, credit card unauthorised.

Please check everything carefully before submitting to increase your chances of being admitted.

Still not sure? Please see our enquiries website|.


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