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Guide to completing the paper application form

Please note that the paper application route is not available for 2014 entry onwards except by special request. 

Question by question guide:

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Question 1: Programme choices (专业编码) 

Use the programme pages to find 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 programme 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. 

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Question 2: Full-time / Part-time study

Indicate whether you intend to study full-time or part-time. Check the individual programme pages| first as certain programmes are not available for part-time study. The LLM only is available for part-time study over four years.

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Question 3: Programme start date (MPhil/PhD only)

All MSc/MA programmes start in the Autumn/Fall (Michaelmas) term only (October 2011 entry). If you are applying to start an MPhil/PhD in the Spring (Lent) term in January 2012 or Summer term in April 2012, please 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 (2010/11), please make sure that the correct year is marked clearly in the first line of your research proposal.

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Question 4: Staff, students and former applicants

If you are an existing or former member of staff or student or a former applicant please indicate here and enter your LSE ID or application number, if known. This information is used to prevent duplication of computer records, it does not affect your application. 

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Question 5: Title

Indicate the title you usually use. Please do not leave this field blank.

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Question 6: Forenames (given names) 名

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.

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Question 7: Surname (family name) 姓

Please give all of your given names in the order that they appear on official documents. Initials are insufficient. You can enter up to three given names.If you will need a student visa to attend LSE, this information should match your passport.

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Question 8: Known as

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

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Question 9: Passport number

If you require a visa you will need to need to enter your passport number here. If you do not currently have a passport you can leave this section blank.

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Question 10 Date of birth

Pay particular attention to the order DAY/MONTH/YEAR - your correct date of birth in conjunction with your application number gives you access to your application status online.

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Question 11: Sex

Please tick the relevant box.

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Question 12: Email address

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.

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Question 13: Permanent home address (家庭地址)

Enter your permanent address - this address will be used to contact you unless you specify a different correspondence address below.

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.

If your address changes, please inform the Graduate Admissions Office immediately using the link on the online status tracker|.

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Question 14: Correspondence address (联系地址)

Please leave this section blank if you wish our correspondence to go to your permanent address. Only enter a contact address if you will be away from home for a significant period of time e.g. studying.

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.

If your address changes, please inform the Graduate Admissions Office immediately using the link on the online status tracker|.

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Question 15: Third party access (其他联络人)

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 leave this section blank.

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Question 16: Nationality (国籍)

Indicate your nationality here, including your second nationality if you hold dual nationality.

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Question 17: Country of permanent residence (居住地)

Please enter the country where you have been normally counted as a resident, except for periods of temporary absence, since 1 September 2008. This would usually mean that you have been working, or living registered as a permanent resident in that country; residence solely for the purpose of study is counted as temporary.

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Question 18: Country of birth (出生地)

Enter your country of birth.

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Question 19: Countries of residence (居住地)

Please enter the country or countries you have lived in since 1 September 2008, 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

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Question 20: Fee status

Indicate here whether you consider yourself to be eligible for home or overseas fees.

 questionMark1 How do I know whether I pay Home/EU or Overseas tuition fee rates?|

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Question 21: Qualifications held (已获学位)

Please give details of University-level or professional courses from which you have already graduated. If yours was a multi-disciplinary degree, include the most relevant subject. 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.

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Question 22: Qualifications pending (正在攻读学位)

Please give details of current studies from which you will graduate before your intended programme at LSE commences. If yours is a multi-disciplinary degree, include the most relevant subject. 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 2011 at the latest, you must state this clearly at the beginning of your personal statement.

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Question 23: Quantitative skills

Please give the highest level at which you have studied mathematics and statistics (e.g. school, undergraduate, postgraduate). 

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Question 24: Is English your first language?

Different programmes require different levels of English proficiency|. If English is your first language or your entire undergraduate degree was taught in English, proceed to Q25. If not, please give details of your TOEFL or IELTS test. 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.

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Question 25: Language skills

Please indicate your level of proficiency in languages other than English.

 questionMark1How are language skills measured?|

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Question 26: Do either of your programme choices require a GRE/GMAT score before your application will be considered?

Check on the programme pages| whether your intended programme requires a GRE or GMAT score|. If the score is required, please enter it here giving a percentile score for all three sections 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 for GRE and HMT 86-56 for GMAT. 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.

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Question 27: Specialism Choices (LLM applicants only)

If you are applying for the LLM please indicate your proposed subject area specialism. Full time students should then select four courses from the electives drop down lists; 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.

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Question 28: 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 of submit around 2-3 typed pages for their personal statements, another 2-3 pages if submitting a research proposal for a MPhil/PhD application. Always check your spelling and grammar before sending 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 wish to be considered for a 1+3 or 2+2 programme - i.e. MRes/PhD or MSc (Research)/PhD (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. Applications for MSc (Research) programmes received without this outline research proposal will be considered for the MSc programme only and not the PhD portion.

What is a 1+3 programme?|

 

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Question 29: Research proposal and assignment

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 printing the research proposal.

In addition, all applicants to MPhil/PhD programmes and MRes/PhD Political Science must submit a copy of a marked assignment from your most recent study, and related to your proposed area of research. This should be in English. You may translate the assignment yourself if necessary. Ideally your photocopy should include marks and comments from the assessor.

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Question 30: Employment History

Use this page to tell us about any relevant employment history. 

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Questions 31 and 32: Names of referees

Please give the names and email addresses (if known) of your two referees. This helps us to match your documents to your application if you are having them sent in by post separately. Make sure that the references bear your name as it appears on the application. Your referees may submit their references by post using the supplementary references form|. Please note that it is your responsibility to contact your referees and ensure that references reach LSE. Ideally, you would ask your referees to send the reference to you, allowing you to send your references in sealed envelopes enclosed with your application form and other supporting documents. Alternatively they may send the reference directly to LSE.

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Question 33: Finance

Please visit the LSE Financial Support web pages| for details of scholarships offered by LSE. Please also fill in your current intended means of paying for the course. This may change at a later date depending on your scholarship applications. It does not constitute a binding agreement, and will not affect your application. Include the name of any scholarships you have applied/intend applying for. You do not need to provide evidence of available funds at this stage. You may apply for financial assistance as soon as you have applied for a place - you do not need to wait until you have been made an offer.

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Question 34: Where else are you applying?

Please indicate which other schools, if any, you are applying to. This information is for our records and will not affect your application.

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Question 35: How did you hear about LSE?

Use the boxes to indicate how you heard about LSE - please tick as many as apply.

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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.

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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".

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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. For more information click here|.

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Transcript submission:

If you have a copy of your transcript already, you should submit the document with your application. We will request an original or certified copy if you are given an offer. Your transcript must be in English, or an officially certified translation. Alternatively you may use the transcript form to request that your institution send your transcript directly to LSE. For more information see our supporting documents page|.

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Payment of the application fee

Please complete the payment form with appropriate credit card details, or include a cheque or other means of payment as specified in our supporting documents page|. Please do not send cash.

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Other points to remember

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 a paper application are: 

  • References not received, not detailed enough, not academic, not appropriate.
  • Transcripts not received, illegible, incomplete, do not provide information of courses taken or marks received for any exams or other assessments. 
  • Research proposal missing, too brief, does not answer the questions specified.
  • Documents supplied are not in English

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

You may submit the application assessment fee with your application in the form of a cheque or money order drawn on a UK bank, or travellers' cheque made payable to LSE . The fee for a paper application is £75. Alternatively you may pay using your credit card via the LSE eShop|.

Still not sure? Please see our enquiries website

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