Information for Offer Holders

Information for the LSE Gender 2020/21 Cohort

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)

Congratulations on receiving an offer from LSE Gender!

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. In coming weeks, we will be regularly updating this page to help you prepare for your year ahead. 

Info on the 2020/21 academic year and COVID-19

LSE’s campus and halls of residence will be open to welcome all of our new students for Welcome (beginning on Monday 21 September) with a range of enhanced safety measures in place to protect and support you. We expect students to register at LSE for the start of term as our campus will be open. However, if your enrolment is delayed by travel restrictions or problems obtaining your visa, support will be available for you, until you are able to join us later in Michaelmas Term.*

How to get in touch with the LSE Gender community and with other offer holders during the Summer

We know these are challenging and uncertain times for many of you, but we are excited to be making plans, looking forward to the new year and building our LSE Gender 2020/21 community with you. Here's what you can do now:

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.

*This page was updated on 24 July 2020.


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

How is LSE preparing for the start of Michaelmas Term in September?

This page contains information on LSE’s plans for the next academic year, and the flexible teaching and learning that will shape Michaelmas Term in 2020.

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

Note that Welcome events are scheduled to begin on Monday 21 September. 

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.
This page will be updated with the details for the 2020/21 academic year over the summer. 

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.

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. Lectures and seminars take place in various locations around the campus. A campus map can be found here.

Is there a separate study space for LSE Gender students?

Our students are welcome to study in the Departmental open space, which offers tables, sofas and a small kitchen if you want to make yourself a cup of tea or eat your lunch during a study break.

How can I connect with other incoming LSE Gender students before term starts?

You can join our Zoom Q&As for offer holders throughout the summer (more dates to be added). You can also email us with your name and student number to be added to a private document connecting incoming students with each other.

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



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