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The application process

LSE receives applications via UCAS. We do not consider applications made 'direct' to the School. Before you apply you should read all of the information and guidance on the How to apply pages and on the degree programmes pages.

Applying via UCAS for 2015 entry

Applications should be made online via UCAS|.

Applicants can contact UCAS at enquiries@ucas.ac.uk| for an automated response with general information and guidance on the UCAS procedures or using the following contact details:

Tel: 0871 4680 468 if you are calling from the UK
+44 870 1122211 if you are calling from outside the UK     

When to apply

The UCAS office opening date for the receipt of applications for admission in October 2015 is 1 September 2014.

The last date for the receipt of applications to LSE to qualify for full and equal treatment is 15 January 2015 by 18.00 (GMT).

Please note-  LSE does not participate in UCAS Extra, Adjustment or Clearing.

Applying from outside the EU

The UCAS application procedure allows students applying from outside the EU to do so at any time between 1 September and 30 June. However, given the competition for places at LSE, ALL applicants are strongly advised to submit their applications to UCAS by 15 January. We will only consider applications submitted to UCAS after 15 January if there are places still available on the relevant degree programme. 

Applying via UCAS for (deferred) 2016 entry

Applications should be made online via UCAS|.

Applicants can contact UCAS at enquiries@ucas.ac.uk| for an automated response with general information and guidance on the UCAS procedures or using the following contact details:

Tel: 0871 4680 468 if you are calling from the UK
+44 870 1122211 if you are calling from outside the UK

When to apply

The UCAS office opening date for the receipt of deferred applications for admission in October 2016 is 1 September 2014.

The last date for the receipt of applications to LSE to qualify for full and equal treatment is 15 January 2015 by 18.00 (GMT)

Please note-  LSE does not participate in UCAS Extra, Adjustment or Clearing.

Applying from outside the EU

The UCAS application procedure allows students applying from outside the EU to do so at any time between 1 September and 30 June. However, given the competition for places at LSE, ALL applicants are strongly advised to submit their applications to UCAS by 15 January. We will only consider applications submitted to UCAS after 15 January if there are places still available on the relevant degree programme. 

Guidance on completing your UCAS
application form

A section by section guide to completing the application form, including advice on writing your personal statement and information for teachers/referees, is given on the Making an application| page.

Considering your application

Applications are considered by members of academic staff, who will decide whether or not an offer can be made or whether to hold the application to be considered as part of a gathered field of applications.

Gathered field

There is intense competition for many of our courses and therefore you should not be surprised if you are advised that your application is being held as part of a gathered field to be considered alongside all 'on-time' applications. This is done so that we may give fair and equal consideration to all the applications which are received by UCAS by the closing date of 15 January. Since we do not receive the final 'on-time' application forms until late January, we hold some earlier applications as part of this process. It means that we may wish to look at your application again in the light of the later UCAS forms which we receive. We will contact you if we intend to consider your application as part of the gathered field.

You are asked to contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office should the details or circumstances of your application change in any way, for instance, if you decide to change the A level or equivalent subjects you stated on your UCAS form. Similarly, if there are any extenuating circumstances which have an impact on your course of study eg illness, family circumstances or disruption to the delivery of your course at school, you should contact the Office with the relevant details. See the Admissions criteria| web pages for specific departmental requirements.

UG Admissions Assessment

We ask some applicants to take our UG Admissions Assessment| (formerly known as the Entrance Exam).

Processing your form

LSE reserves the right to ask applicants to provide further information relating to any aspect of their application - information concerning entry qualifications, fee status or criminal convictions, for example. If additional information is not provided when requested there may be a delay in the consideration of your application.

Interviews

We do not normally interview applicants. Interviews may be arranged for mature students or those with unusual qualifications, or where the School needs more information to help in making a decision. Interviews may be more widely used for some degrees with smaller numbers of applicants. It is not possible for applicants to request an interview with the Admissions Tutor.

Track your application

As soon as a final decision has been made on your application, we will notify you through UCAS. If you wish to check whether a decision has been made, you may track your application using the UCAS Track service.

We aim to make all decisions on applications submitted by the 15 January deadline by 31 March. Each year we receive in the region of 17,500 applications and while we appreciate that you would like to receive our decision as soon as possible, there will inevitably be a number of applicants who will not receive their decision until 31 March.

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Offers of admission

UCAS will inform you of our decision on your application.

You should reply through UCAS to any offer of admission. By accepting an offer of admission, you are agreeing to abide by the rules and regulations of the School, and accept that your relationship with the School is governed by English law, and that the English courts have sole jurisdiction. Copies of the regulations are available on request.

Your offer of admission and acceptance of a place applies to a named degree. Only in exceptional circumstances will the School permit a student to transfer from one programme to another within the School at/or after registration.

If we make you an offer, we will send you information about accommodation and financial matters at the same time. Later in the year you will be invited to a Visit Day for offer holders and will be sent information on registration and orientation.

Further information can be found on the Information for offer holders page.

Adjustment period

The level of competition at the School means it is unlikely that there will be any vacancies on LSE courses by the time A level results are published in mid-August. Therefore we do not envisage that we will be accepting applications during the adjustment period in 2014. However, the School would welcome new applications for admission in the following year from those who have done better than expected and meet the School's entry requirements. The School does also not participate in clearing.

Key dates and deadlines

For a summary of key dates and deadlines throughout the admissions cycle, please see the Admissions calendar|.

Unsuccessful applications

With over 17,500 applications for just 1,200 places, competition is intense. If your application is unsuccessful, you should be aware that applications can only be reconsidered in exceptional cases, for instance where a candidate's application or study has been affected by personal circumstances, of which the School was not aware at the time the decision was made. Please note that even in such circumstances, although our full attention will be given to appeals, there can be no guarantee that a place may be offered.

Deferred entry

Most LSE departments welcome applications from people who plan to gain some work or service experience or to travel extensively between leaving school and starting a degree. You can apply a year in advance, so as to secure your place on a programme.

If you are offered a place at LSE and subsequently decide to defer your entry to the next year, you should write to the Undergraduate Admissions Office stating your Personal ID number, name and programme, and also your reasons for deferring. The academic department will consider your request appropriately and UCAS will be informed of any arrangement that is agreed between you and the School. Two year requests for deferral due to compulsory national service will not be considered. Such candidates should apply nearer their intended start date.

Direct entry to second year

Direct entry to the second year of a programme at LSE on the basis of first year undergraduate study at another university is extremely rare, and is only permitted in exceptional circumstances.

Students currently enrolled at another university wishing to gain admission to LSE in the first year should do so by 15 January in the usual way through UCAS. However, no guarantees can be given that they will receive an offer. If they are successful, it is likely that the offer of a place will be on the condition that they have the qualifications specified for entry in to the first year of the programme, in the first instance, and that their end of year performance at their current university is of a satisfactory standard, usually 60% or equivalent.

Please note that the following seven departments do not accept any students into the second year of their undergraduate degree programmes:

  • Accounting (NN34)*
  • Economics (L101, L1V3, L140)*
  • International History (V146, VL12)
  • International Relations (L250)
  • LLB Law (M100)
  • Management (N200)
  • Mathematics (G1L1, GL11)

*Note: The Accounting and Economics departments do consider second year entry from the University of London International Programmes. 

Other departments are willing to consider applicants requesting direct entry to the second year on an individual basis, if they meet the stated A level or equivalent entry requirements and their current first year programme is compatible with the first year courses at LSE. Applications for direct entry to the second year should be made by 15 January in the usual way through UCAS|. Applicants should state on the application form that they are seeking admission to the second year. Applicants will also be required to supply the Undergraduate Admissions Office with a copy of their current university transcript and an outline of the modules they are studying. In order to be considered by the Admissions Tutor, applicants should be predicted to achieve a 2:1 overall (i.e. over 60%) from their first year exams.

The School does not permit direct entry into the third year of any LSE programme.

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