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Teaching methods

The academic year at LSE is made up of the Michaelmas (autumn), Lent (spring) and Summer terms.

Most taught master's programmes span a full calendar year (September - September), though a few are only nine or ten months long, finishing in July or August, and a few others span two years.

Some programmes, notably in the Departments of Economics, Finance and Management, require you to attend introductory courses before main teaching begins. For some other programmes you may need to take these introductory courses if you wish to take Economics options as part of your degree. Your department will let you know about this once you have an offer.

The majority of taught programmes comprise:

  • taught courses, usually including substantial independent study, lectures, seminars and other group activities. These may be examined through sit down examinations, essays and other assignments
  • a piece of independent research culminating in a dissertation

Teaching is usually spread over the Michaelmas and Lent terms, with the Summer term generally reserved for a few weeks of teaching and revision sessions at the start, followed by preparation for exams or other assessment, and/or the writing of your dissertation.