The Academic Programme

The LSE-PKU Summer School programme draws on the collaboration between LSE and PKU and each course is taught by a specialist in their field, who hold a full time position at either of these two world class institutions.

For details of the courses offered on the 2017 programme, please see the Courses page.

Contact hours and teaching methods

The LSE-PKU Summer School is an intensive, two week programme. Each course is full-time, and consists of a total of 48 contact hours between Monday and Friday over the two weeks. Usually this involves 36 hours of lectures, attended by all participants on the class and held each morning, and 12 hours of seminar classes in groups of up to 15, held each afternoon. However, other teaching methods appropriate to the individual courses may be used and schedules may vary.

A course pack of reading material is provided to each participant at the start of the programme. Participants are advised to have purchased any required textbooks prior to the start of the LSE-PKU Summer School. 

Due to the rigorous, academic nature of the programme, participants are strongly advised to consult the preparatory and background reading section of the full course outlines, and to prepare as appropriate for the demands of the course.

Assessment and certificates

All LSE-PKU Summer School courses are assessed and graded, and a transcript and certificate are provided to all participants who successfully complete their course.

Courses are generally assessed on a mid-term paper and a final examination, but other elements such as mid-term quizzes, group projects and student presentations may also contribute.

All courses feature a final examination, which are two hours in length and held on the final day of the programme, Friday 18 August. All participants are encouraged to take the final examination, but those who choose not to are eligible to be awarded a Statement of Attendance, provided they have attended at least 80 per cent of the taught sessions.

Full details of the assessment criteria, marking schemes and deadlines will be provided at the start of the programme. Please see the individual course descriptions for further information.

Obtaining credit

The quality of the LSE-PKU Summer School courses is given the highest priority. However, no formal credit is awarded by LSE or PKU for the programme. It is hoped that the certificate, transcript and course syllabus provided to successful participants will enable them to receive credit from some universities, though it is strongly recommended that anyone considering this should speak to their home university as early as possible. Generally speaking, we have found that other institutions will recognise an LSE-PKU Summer School course as equivalent to 3 credits in the US system or 7.5 ECTS in the European system.

The LSE-PKU Summer School office is very pleased to provide any further information which may be helpful to students or their institutions.

Study facilities

During the LSE-PKU Summer School, participants have access to study facilities at Peking University including computer rooms, library, campus wireless network and printing services. However, considering the intensive nature of the programme and the requirement for written papers and research, participants are strongly advised to bring their own laptop or similar device with them.