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Making an application

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Before reading this section, you should familiarise yourself with the application process.

The UCAS form explained

When completing the application form you have a maximum of five choices.

The UCAS code number of this institution is L72 LSE - this should be entered clearly on the application form. There is no campus code for this institution.

It is important that you read our website carefully to make sure you have understood the differences between our degrees, before you enter the course code on your form. If you wish to apply for other related degrees at LSE, you should note that selectors will pay great attention to the interests expressed in your personal statement.

Applicants are expected to ensure that their UCAS application is complete before submitting it to the School. Where the application is being submitted on your behalf, please ensure your representative (referee) has included your predicted grades (unless post-qualified). Please be aware that you may only submit an application without a reference when we have given you permission to do so in writing (email). If you intend to submit a reference after submitting an application, you must inform us in writing as soon as your application has been acknowledged by us.

Where we receive an application without a reference or notification that you intend to supply a reference, your application will be considered as incomplete and will become unsuccessful as a consequence.


Guidance on completing your UCAS application form

It is very important that you complete your UCAS application form fully and accurately. This is the main document on which the selector bases their admission decision. If you are an overseas applicant your personal details (including your name and qualifications) are also directly taken from the form for your visa application. Below is a brief overview of each section of the UCAS form. Please note- some fields in certain sections have not been included.

Personal Details

  • Name (as it appears on your passport)
  • Postal address (including your home address and a contact address where you can be contacted during the academic year, if different to your home address) and email address.
  • Nationality
  • Residential category

The Undergraduate Admissions Office will also make a fee assessment based on the information in this section according to the guidance disseminated by UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs). If we require more information, we will contact you and possibly request that you complete a fee classification questionnaire.

  • Reference numbers (ULN, TOEFL, IELTS)
  • Passport details
  • Student support arrangements
  • Criminal Convictions

Please state any 'relevant' criminal convictions in this section. The School's Admissions Policystates our procedure in this area.

'Relevant' is defined by UCAS as, 'offences against a person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, or offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking'. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and need not be disclosed. Please see
UCAS for further details.

  • UCAS contact preferences
  • Nominated contact
  • Disability/special needs

If you have a disability, you should disclose this as early as possible during the application process. This will have no bearing on your admission decision, which is made solely on academic merit/potential. However, early disclosure does allow the School's Disability and Wellbeing Office to make 'reasonable adjustments' for Open Days and Registration, should you be offered a place. It will also allow you to talk to them in confidence, before you decide which university you would like to attend, if you so wish.

This is a good opportunity to inform us of any additional support you may require if you have special needs from dyslexia to a physical disability.  

Additional information

  • Ethnic origin and national identity
  • Activities in preparation for higher education
  • Parents' experience of Higher Education

LSE does not take this information into consideration, as stated in item 16 of the Admissions Policy, but other universities may do. Please check individual university websites and prospectuses.


  • LSE can only view the courses which you apply to at this institution.
  • If you are reapplying to any of the universities you have listed in Section 3, please tell us your Personal ID number so we can attach your previous application to your latest one
  • Admissions Tutors consider applicants on the basis of all elements of the UCAS form including the personal statement. Your personal statement is important as it allows you to demonstrate your commitment to and suitability for the course you wish to study, through your pre-university activities, both academic and otherwise. Students applying to more than one course at LSE may find it difficult to effectively demonstrate these desirable qualities, in the limited amount of space provided. You should also note that applying to more than one course does not increase the likelihood of your being made an offer.


 It is useful for the Undergraduate Admissions Office to know the name and code of your current and previous school/college/university in order to assess your educational history. The selector will look very carefully at the information in this section when assessing your application. The list of qualifications here should be complete and accurate. For example, most UK applicants should input their GCSE qualifications or if you are an applicant who has taken the International Baccalaureate Diploma you should input your Middle Years Programme qualifications. International students should list the qualifications they have achieved, which are equivalent to GCSE.

  • Please note that when completing the UCAS form, qualifications which have already been completed or certified and all those qualifications still to be completed or 'cashed in' should be put in this section.
  • If you are re-taking any part of a qualification, such as an individual unit or module, in order to improve your overall final grade, you should include those details as well. Please be aware that competition for places at the School is intense, so it is important that you achieve consistently high grades throughout both years of your A level studies. Whilst grades can be improved by re-sitting modules, we prefer applicants who have achieved high grades in their AS and A2 examinations at their first attempt. 

 The selector will look carefully at this section to both assess your application and also to decide the conditions of your offer, should you be successful at this stage.


  • If you have work experience or you are a mature student who has entered employment since leaving education, please tell us in this section. Information about part-time paid work is also useful because it allows us to understand your commitments and interests outside of education.


  • We provide applicants with further information on the importance of a personal statement, and in particular what LSE is looking for. There is also information on how a statement should be structured, as well as some questions you should think about before writing your statement.
  • Please note that the information provided on these pages is only a guideline for how to write a personal statement. Due to the intense level of competition for places at the School there is no guarantee that you will be made an offer of a place even if you follow these guidelines.


Please read the details below.

UCAS reference - information for teachers and schools

Advice for referees and advisers is given on our Information for teachers page.


Admissions criteria

We are continually aiming to improve the information we give applicants to LSE and their teachers. You will find specific advice about our undergraduate programmes, outlining each department's admissions criteria and their approach to deferred entry and mature students.

We hope you find the information helpful. Good luck with your application. 

Submitting additional information

The School aims to make admissions decisions based solely on the information presented on the application for the vast majority of candidates. It is not the standard policy of the Admissions Office to request additional academic references unless the reference provided is not current (ie has been written by someone who used to teach you rather than someone who currently teaches you). If you are no longer in education, your academic reference should be from one of your most recent teachers/lecturers.  

Likewise we do not need to receive examples of academic work, testimonials or other supporting documents. 

Applications from post qualified applicants

If you have already completed your A level, IB or other acceptable school leaving qualification and are no longer in education you should outline what you have been doing since you left school or college. Brief details of your gap year, travel, voluntary work, placements, employment or other experiences should be included in your personal statement.

If you are in full or part-time education, for example enrolled at another university or college, please remember to include the relevant dates in section 4 of your UCAS form (School, College and University Education) and state the courses that you have taken or will be taking in section 5. You must also supply the Undergraduate Admissions Office with a copy of your most recent transcript as soon as possible sfter submitting your application to UCAS, remembering to quote your full name, personal ID number and course code.

If you have already completed a first undergraduate degree, you should supply a copy of your final transcript, as above.

Please be aware that the majority of offers for undergraduate places are made to applicants who have not yet experienced university education; thus there are no guarantees that applicants who have already completed or who are nearing completion of a first undergraduate degree will be made an offer of a place on one of our undergraduate degree programmes. LSE does offer a wide range of taught MSc programmes which may provide a suitable alternative.

Change of programme

Any offer of admission that the School issues to you is only valid for the specific programme for which it is made.

If you wish to be considered for a place on an alternative programme to the one that you originally applied for you should note the following information:

You can only request a course substitution if one of the following conditions apply:

  • You have not yet received a decision from LSE (in which case it is a relatively straightforward substitution of one programme for another)
  • You have received a decision (offer or rejection) on the programme to which you originally applied BUT you have not used all your five programme choices (in which case it is an additional course choice)

Please note, however, that it is not possible for your application to be re-considered for a programme for which you have already been rejected. Neither is it possible for you to make a substitution if you have already been rejected by LSE for your original programme choice and you have used all your five programme choices.

If you satisfy the above criteria and are eligible for consideration for a place on a different 'new' programme, you must contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office outlining the reasons for the change. Providing your request is received before 15 January your application will be considered alongside all other on-time applicants to that programme.

If your request to change programme arrives after 15 January, your application will be classed as late. However you should note that due to the high volume of on-time applications we receive each year, it is extremely unlikely that a late application will be considered for any programme.

You should also be aware that once a substitution has been made, you cannot revert to your original choice; thus if the Admissions Tutor for your new on-time programme choice decides not to offer you a place, or we do not look at any late applications, you cannot then be re-considered for your original programme choice at LSE.

Changing your programme after you have registered at LSE is not recommended, and is only possible in exceptional circumstances. A formal procedure must be followed, as part of which the request for a change of course must be given approval by the course tutor. The majority of degree programmes at LSE are over-subscribed every year, so departments simply do not have the capacity to accept new students at the start of the year.

You should also note that if your request to change programme is not approved, you will be expected to complete the degree programme that you have registered for.