Academic integrity

LSE seeks to maintain the standards of its teaching and research by reference to the highest possible national and international comparators. We do this in a number of ways:

Internal systems

  • A central committee reviews all proposals by departments for new postgraduate courses and programmes.
  • The relationship between student and supervisor is shaped by School-wide Codes of Good Practice.
  • Courses and programmes undergo monitoring and review by departments.
  • Departments undergo regular review by the School.
  • Students' views and experience are an important part of the process of maintaining teaching quality. Reviews include confidential questionnaires, meetings to hear students' views, and each department also convenes a staff/student committee. 
  • The Dean of Graduate Studies chairs a forum of research students and a forum of master's students to discuss School-wide issues affecting them.

The School seeks to use these processes not just to maintain teaching quality but also to improve it.

Programme regulations

Detailed programme regulations, including individual course guides and other information relating to the administration of our degrees is published in the School's Calendar at the start of each session. Proposed changes for future years are published as they become available.

Independent examiners and advisers

As with all universities in the UK, experienced examiners from outside the School help set examinations for taught programmes, review results and decide on the award of degrees and diplomas. These examiners report to the School, and their comments and suggestions on examinations, course content and structure are taken very seriously. Similarly, external experts examine and report on theses for research degrees.