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Welcome 2020

Find information below about preparing for your studies with the LSE Department of Health Policy.

Welcome will be held between Monday 21 to Friday 25 September. 

On this webpage, you will find important Welcome Week information about:

For general Welcome information, including the Students’ Union Freshers Fair and optional sessions to attend, please visit the Welcome website. To allow for easier navigation around campus, check out the LSE Campus Map.

 

Welcome schedule

If you have not received an email from the Department with Zoom links and locations for the following events, please email healthpolicy@lse.ac.uk.


MONDAY 21 SEPTEMBER

Campus enrolment for MPhil/PhD
10.30am to 12noon,  On-campus, MPhil/PhD students only

Departmental Welcome for MSc programmes
1.00 to 3.30pm, Online, MSc students only

TUESDAY 22 SEPTEMBER

MSc Global Health Programme Introduction
11.00am to 1.00pm, Online, GHP students only

LSE Welcome Presentation
2.00pm to 3.00pm, Zoom link will be sent by the School, all students 

Departmental Welcome for MPhil/PhD
3.00 to 4.00pm, Online, MPhil/PhD students only

MSc International Health Policy & MSc International Health Policy (Health Economics) Introduction
3.00pm to 5.00pm, Online, IHP and IHP(HE) students only

WEDNESDAY 23 SEPTEMBER

Introduction to Michaelmas Term Courses
10.00am to 12.00pm, Online, MSc students only

LSE PhD Academy Welcome Briefing for MPhil/PhD
12.30 to 2.00pm, Online, MPhil/PhD students only

LSE Welcome Address – Juan Manuel Santos (Former President of Colombia)
2.00pm – 3.00pm, Zoom link will be sent by the School, all students

Campus enrolment for MSc International Health Policy
4.00pm to 5.00pm, On-campus, IHP students only

Campus enrolment for MSc Global Health Policy
5.00pm to 6.00pm, On-campus, GHP students only

Campus enrolment for MSc International Health Policy (Health Economics)
5.00pm to 6.00pm, On-campus, IHP(HE) students only

THURSDAY 24 SEPTEMBER

Health Policy Virtual Social
11.00am to 1.00pm, Online, MSc students only

Introduction to Lent Term courses
2.00pm to 4.00pm, Online, MSc students only

Course Selection Opens on LSE for You
2.00pm onwards, all students
Please see Course Selection information below.

FRIDAY 25 SEPTEMBER

Treasure Hunt Student Activity
12.30pm to 3.30pm, on-campus, all students

Campus enrolment

Campus enrolment for new students who have joined the academic session in London will take place during Welcome. Please see the schedule above for information about your programme's enrolment session. At the enrolment, the admissions staff will check your documentation, officially enrol you on your programme of study, and issue you with your LSE ID card. Be sure to submit all required admissions documents and complete your Financial Undertaking Form before arriving to enrol. Any last-minute submissions will significantly delay the process.
 
At the Campus enrolment, LSE is mandated to check your eligibility to study in the UK, and we require various documents to do so. It is therefore essential that you bring the appropriate identification documents e.g. passport, visa where applicable, and your original offer letter or a printed copy of your Statement of Confirmation. Without these, we will be unable to register you on your programme. More information about registration can be found at lse.ac.uk/registration and on campus during Welcome.

Course selection

MSc students

During Welcome, you will learn about programme regulations and available resources to make course selection easier for you. You may want to consult your Programme Handbook (you will be given access to Moodle after you enrol where you will be able to access your handbook) and the LSE Calendar to plan your course load. You can also find links to the course introduction videos that will help you learn a bit more about what each course covers ahead of time:

The course browsing period will open at 10am on Monday 21 September, allowing you to learn about the LSE for You course selection system, compare courses, and plan your year ahead. You can access the tutorial page here if you would like to get familiar with the system ahead of time. Please note, no course selections will be saved during the browsing period. The Michaelmas Term course selection period will then open from 2pm on Thursday 24 September to 5pm on Monday 12 October. During this period, you will finalise your course selection through the LSE for You platform. Please note that the above course selection window is a departmental deadline, and while we strongly encourage you to adhere to this deadline to maximise your chances of securing a place in your preferred courses, the School will be able to make some allowances for late arrivals.
 
If you need support with the course selection process during Welcome Week, please contact the Student Services Centre. They will be happy help you with course selection troubleshooting between 10am to 5pm from Monday 21 September to Friday 25 September. They will also be available from 11am to 4pm after Welcome onward.

MPhil/PhD students

As a MPhil/PhD student you will only need to select one course, HP500. This course should be pre-selected for you as compulsory on LSE for You, but you will still need to submit it as a selection.
 
The coursebrowsing period will open at 10am on Monday 21 September, allowing you to learn about the LSE for You course selection system. You can access the tutorial page here if you would like to get familiar with the system ahead of time. The course selection period will then be open from 2pm on Thursday 24 September to 5pm on Monday 12 October. During this period, you will need to finalise your course selection through the LSE for You platform. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch.

Academic Mentor meetings (MSc students only)

All new students are required to meet their respective Academic Mentor virtually during Welcome. A scheduled meeting with your Academic Mentor will be arranged for you, during which you will be able to get to introduce yourself and discuss your course selection options. We will be in touch via email with more details of these meetings during Welcome.

Student Hub app

All students are encouraged to download the Student Hub app, where you can view your timetables, events and deadlines in one convenient place. You can also use this tool to book and manage meetings with your Academic Mentor, and receive notifications about timetable changes and Department updates. Please visit the School’s Student Hub information page for information on how to download and use the Student Hub app.

Frequently Asked Questions

For the latest updates in regards to COVID-19, visit the School's Coronavirus pages. See the Graduate Admissions news page, for information on admissions processes and general FAQs.

Below you will find responses to your most frequently asked questions about beginning your programme with the LSE Department of Health Policy in September 2020.

What extracurricular activities is the Department planning to hold on campus?

There will be some academic and social activities that will be held on campus to supplement your studies, but we are still working on the planning for these events so we can’t confirm anything at this stage. It’s important to us that we are able to make any on campus event as safe as possible. As soon as it is safe to do so, information about academic and social activities will be made available to students.

Out of class, all students will have the opportunity to meet and work together between classes in study groups and other learning activities, both online and in-person. We are also working on organising a range of online events to help you get to know each other before we can all meet safely on campus.

The current pandemic is making it difficult to gather the information and documents needed to complete my application and/or meet my offer conditions. Where can I find someone to discuss my options?

All questions about applications and offers can be answered by the Graduate Admissions Office (GAO). You may find that others have found themselves asking the same questions as you, you can find the answers to these FAQs on the GAO news page. If you can’t find the information you are looking for, get in touch with the team through the GAO enquiry form

I’m unable to travel to take part in my programme on campus for the first term. How will this impact on my learning?

We know for some students it will be impossible for them to join us on campus for the start of term. We are making every effort to ensure that your studies are not impacted by your circumstance. You will be able to watch your lectures online and arrangements will be made to make sure you can be also involved in all other learning activities and where this is not possible, recordings will be made available. 

Will the library be open from September?

Undergraduate and Master’s students will be able to access the Library, in person, from September 2020, while observing social distancing measures. All students are able to access the Library’s digital materials remotely at any time.

Will I have an opportunity to meet my classmates?

All students will have the opportunity to meet and work together between classes in study groups and other learning activities, both online and in-person. We are also working to organise a range of online events to help you get to know each other before we can all meet safely on campus.

What if I can’t make it to London for the start of term?

We are asking students to join us on campus for the start of term, which begins on 28 September. We are planning to run your seminars, tutorials and classes on campus where possible, all in a socially distanced environment. However, these activities will also be accessible to students unable to access campus if there is a delay to joining us in London.

When and how can I apply for student visa in my Home Country?

Please see the link to ISVAT for advice on obtaining a visa for your studies.