The Academic Programme

The LSE-UCT July School is an exciting programme combining the strengths of LSE and the University of Cape Town in the social sciences. Each course is taught by a specialist in their field who holds a position at one of these world-class institutions.

Contact hours and teaching methods

The LSE-UCT July 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 a total of 36 hours of lectures, attended by all class participants and held each morning, and a total of 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 purchase any required textbooks prior to the start of the LSE-UCT July School. 

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

Assessment and certificates

All LSE-UCT July School courses are assessed and graded, and an LSE-UCT July School transcript and UCT Short Course 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 is two hours in length and held on the final day of the programme, Friday 28 July. All participants are encouraged to take the final examination, but those who opt out are entitled to 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 LSE-UCT July School courses is given the highest priority. While neither LSE nor UCT offer credit, many past students have been able to use their certificate, transcript and course syllabus to receive credit from their home 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-UCT July School course as equivalent to 3 credits in the US system or 7.5 ECTS in the European system.

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

Study facilities

During the LSE-UCT July School, participants will have access to study facilities at the University of Cape Town, including the Chancellor Oppenheimer library, computer and printing facilities, web and Wi-Fi access. 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. Students will be assisted in setting up access to IT networks on their portable devices on arrival at UCT.