Information for Incoming Students

Information for the LSE Gender 2020/21 Cohort

Welcome to the Department of Gender Studies!

LSE Gender was a safe space for me to share my inner voices. Thanks to my time there, I’m now ready to fight for my lifelong mission - to realise a society where being a woman is a solution and not a problem.

Ayana Katogi (MSc Gender, Policy and Inequalities, 2019)

We’re looking forward to welcoming the 2020/21 cohort of students to the Department in September, and this page contains information to answer your questions and help prepare you for arrival. 

During Welcome (September 21st -25th) we’ll be organising events to help you familiarise yourselves with the Department and the LSE as a whole. You’ll be meeting faculty, admin staff and fellow students. All Welcome events will be online and will be recorded.
Check our Welcome page!

Get LSE-ready!

You’ve accepted your offer. What now? Follow our checklist to get LSE-ready:

1. Complete your online registration;

2. Activate your LSE IT account;

3. Download the Student Hub app

4. Download and read the Welcome Guide;

5. Check the Welcome website and our departmental Welcome pages;

6. Familiarise yourself with all the exciting courses offered by the LSE;

7. Take the ‘Get-LSE-ready’ course.

If you have questions on the admission process, please contact Graduate Admissions. For questions on the Department, email us.


*This page was updated on 25 August 2020.

How can I get in touch with the LSE Gender community?

  • Email us with your name and student number to be added to a private document connecting incoming students with each other.
  • Follow our Instagram and Twitter accounts.
  • Start engaging with our Department and gender issues via our Engenderings blog, run by our PhD students.


The community advice and guidance page has up-to-date information and guidance relating to COVID-19. The page will be updated regularly with any new information or guidance.

Term dates

Michaelmas Term: Monday 28 September – Friday 11 December 2020
Lent Term: Monday 18 January – Thursday 1 April 2021 
Summer Term: Tuesday 4 May – Friday 18 June 2021

Useful links for offer holders

2020/21 MSc Programmes and Courses

See the full list of programmes and courses available in the Department of Gender Studies.

How is the academic year structured?

The year is divided into three terms: Michaelmas (October to December), Lent (January to March) and Summer (April to July).
There are two Reading Weeks in week 6 of Michaelmas and Lent term – no LSE Gender teaching will take place during Reading Week, although other departments might run workshops or seminars. 
For MSc students, a full unit course will run over Michaelmas AND Lent terms. A half-unit course will only run for one term (please note that half-unit courses are only available in one or the other term - they are NOT available during both terms). 
Summer Term is focused on further developing your independent research project with your supervisor, and opportunities for skills- and career-development. The dissertation is due in mid-August. 

Where can I get more information on individual courses?

See  Graduate Course Guides for further information on individual courses.

Are there any recommended readings for my programme/course?

LSE Gender students are not expected to have completed any reading before starting their programme. All key readings will be available online for free through the LSE Library during the academic year.
If you want to start familiarising yourself with some core texts in the field, you can find indicative readings for all our courses on the Graduate Course Guides
Past cohorts compiled a reading list for incoming students – these are texts they felt would help you prepare for your time at LSE Gender.

Information for incoming PhD Students

A warm welcome to our new research students!  
The PhD programme aims to foster your scholarly and career interests, and to prepare you for the world of academic and policy research in the form of courses and professional training experience over your first three years.
Learn more about our PhD programme and the PhD Academy, a dedicated space and services hub for doctoral candidates studying at LSE.
Meet our current PhD students and read about their academic path and their research interests.
If you have further questions please contact Hazel Johnstone, our Departmental Manager.

I need help finding accommodation

Full details on LSE accommodations are available here, and the Student Union also offers housing advice.

Where is the Department located?

LSE Gender is based in Pankhurst House, on the 11th floor. A campus map can be found here.

I have more questions. What should I do?

Please email if you have a general question that has not been covered here or join us at one of the Zoom Q&As or drop-ins. Further questions about the application process and requirements should be sent to Admissions Enquiries