How to apply

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The LSE Methods Summer Programme is open to students, academics and professionals from around the world. All courses are taught to the School's high standard and are therefore academically rigorous. 

Applications to the 2018 Methods Summer Programme will open in January 2018.

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Participants are expected to be fluent in English, with good results in relevant studies, and some courses may also require that applicants have previously studied or are currently studying at postgraduate level (or have relevant professional experience). Most courses have specific prerequisites, which are listed in the course description. See the course descriptions for more information.

In order to apply for the programme, you will need to complete an online application. You will be asked to upload all relevant university transcripts and any other relevant documents (e.g. a CV). If a sponsor will be paying your tuition fees, you are also asked to provide their details (though these can be provided later if not yet confirmed). 

  • Fluency in English
  • Good academic record
  • Demonstration of meeting course prerequisites (see course descriptions)


Once submitted, your application will be assessed by the course lecturer. You will usually be notified of the outcome within 10 working days of submitting your application.

Equality and diversity

Equality and diversity are central to the aims and objectives of LSE. The School actively promotes the involvement of all students and staff in all areas of School life and seeks to ensure that they are free from discrimination on the grounds of gender, race, social background, disability, religious or political belief, age and sexual orientation. At LSE we recognise that the elimination of discrimination is integral to  ensuring the best possible service to students, staff and visitors to the School.


Tuition fees

Tuition fees are shown on the individual course pages. Full-time students at any academic institution worldwide are eligible for the student rate of tuition fees. Employees of academic institutions and registered UK charities are eligible for the Academic Staff/Charity rate of tuition fees.

Alumni discount

Alumni of the LSE as well as previous attendees of the LSE Summer School and the Methods Summer Programme are entitled to a 15 per cent discount off the advertised course fee. Please note: the alumni discount does not apply to the Tools for Macroeconomists courses.

Accepting your offer

In order to secure your place on the programme, you will need to pay your tuition fees in full within the timeframe set out below. 

If you think you will need extra time to pay your fees, please get in touch so we can make alternative arrangements. 

Date of Emailed OfferPeriod of Time the Offer is Valid
If an offer is issued before the 3 June 2017. You must pay your Tuition Fees within thirty (30) calendar days.
If an offer is issued on or after the 3 June 2017, but before the 8 July 2017. You must pay your Tuition Fees within fourteen (14) calendar days.
If an offer is issued on or after 8 July 2017. You must pay your Tuition Fees immediately upon receipt.


If a sponsor (such as an employer or your university) is paying your fees, you can provide their details on the application form, and they will be sent an invoice for your fees once you have been made an offer of a place on the course.


All applicants must have permission to study in the UK in order to attend the course. For further information about obtaining the correct visa, see the LSE visa information pages, or visit the Home Office website. 

If you are at all unsure about your visa requirements, please contact the Methods Summer Programme office, and we will be happy to guide you.

Cancellation of courses

Occasionally it is necessary to cancel or postpone courses. Should a course be subject to a major change, applicants will be offered the option to either transfer to another course or receive a full refund. Any alterations to the programme will be made in writing no less than four weeks before the start of the programme.

If you are coming from abroad, you are strongly advised to take out comprehensive travel insurance for the duration of your stay.

Withdrawal policy

In order to withdraw from the programme offer holders must inform the Methods Summer Programme Office in writing and receive written acknowledgement of their withdrawal. Tuition fees will then be refunded in accordance with the terms set out below. 

Date of Withdrawal Tuition Fee Refund
 30 calendar days before the start of the Programme. 90% of tuition fees
After 30 days, but before 14 calendar days, prior to the start of the Programme. 75% of tuition fees
Less than 14 calendar days prior to the start of the Programme. No refund

Further information on our cancellation policy can be found in Section 4 of our Terms and Conditions.

  • All refunds are made in UK Sterling. LSE cannot refund any shortfalls due to exchange rate fluctuations, or offer compensation for any bank or other charges incurred.  
  • Refunds for online payments will be credited to the original payment card.
  • Refunds may take up to 6 weeks to be processed. Refunds requested during July and August may not be processed until after the programme has finished.

Cancellations made after the start of the programme will not be refunded.

Video: About the Programme

Methods Summer Programme Professor George Gaskell speaking on video

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