Offer Holders 2021

One of the things I have enjoyed the most about studying international relations at LSE has been studying with people from all around the world and being a part of this community... everyone is willing to help each other out

Beatriz Silva, BSc International Relations 1st year

A warm welcome to all our offer holders! We look forward to you joining us here at LSE and in the Department of International Relations soon. 

The LSE Welcome microsite for 2021 is now live! It is your guide to help you get ready for life at LSE:

Go to the LSE Welcome microsite!

Over the summer of 2021, offer holders will be receiving a series of emails from the Department of International Relations, to help you get settled into your studies. There will also be a series of webinars, where you can meet key staff and ask any questions you might have about joining the department. You can expect to hear from us over the summer as follows:

June - an email about the IR Department community and how to get involved, plus a webinar about Life at LSE and in London (please contact us on if you would like the link to view the webinar).

July - an email about the structure of the academic year and the academic support we offer (see also the Teaching and learning webpage), plus a webinar for MSc students to introduce you to key figures in the department (registration details will be sent by email). Watch the BSc equivalent of this event here

August - a webinar for BSc students to introduce you to the IR Programmes Team with Q&A about the structure of the year at LSE (registration details will be sent by email), plus an email about choosing your courses in September for the year ahead.

September -  an email about the full schedule of Welcome events during your first week here at LSE, plus an online get-to-know-you-session where you can meet the rest of the people on your programme. MSc students will also be invited to an additional webinar with Q&A about how to select your courses (registration details will be sent by email).

Keep an eye on your inboxes for further details! All the webinars will be recorded, so don't worry if you can't attend live.

If you have any queries about your offer such as meeting offer conditions, appeals, deferred entry, please see:

Please also note the current processing times for the graduate admissions office for incoming applications, emails and documents (including confirmation of receipt).

Please check out the links below for useful information, and if you have any further queries, please get in touch

COVID-19: LSE plans for the next academic year

Professional Services Team - who to ask

Meet the Professional Services team and find out who to ask.



Joint Honours students

You will be hearing from us over the summer with more information, but if you have specific questions you could also check out the webpages of your joint department for more information, or contact them directly.

Full list of LSE department websites

Our social media and Facebook offerholder groups

Before you arrive make sure you follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook and Instagram.

You can also join our private department offerholders Facebook groups: 

You will need to submit your offer holder number for admission to the Facebook groups. This number can be found on all LSE correspondence to you, including your offer holder letter.

Current students website

You can visit our department Current Students web area to get an idea of what is happening in the department, from social events to how teaching works, to exams and assessments.

Meet our students

Check out the student content on our department blog:

Recommended readings

There are recommended readings for each programme, so check out our Programmes page to select your programme and follow the link.

The Undergraduate Course guides or Postgraduate Course guides also give an indicative reading list for each individual course.  

Academic year structure, student teaching timetables, academic support

LSE Teaching Timetables can be found on the Student Teaching Timetable webpage. 

Students can view their personal timetables on LSE for You. These are usually available from Welcome onwards. The specific date will be available on the above webpage nearer the time. 

Visit LSE Term Dates for term dates, public holidays and School closure dates. 

Visit the Teaching and learning webpage for more information about the structure of the academic year and the academic support we offer.

Switching MSc IR programmes

Transfers between the MSc programmes at the beginning of the session are only allowed in exceptional circumstances and should be discussed with your academic mentor.

You are expected to attend only the orientation meeting for the course for which you have been accepted. 

MSc-level Economics courses - deadline 27 June 2021

If you are thinking of taking an MSc-level Economics course as part of your programme, please see EC400 application for full details and deadlines.


Useful links

Study skills

The School offers a range of study support facilities, via

Learning, Technology and Innovation at LSE support includes study skills lectures and workshops as well as one-to-one tutorials. 


All students who require a visa should refer as soon as possible to the guidance from ISVAT (LSE International Student Visa Advice Team).


Visit LSE Accommodation to discover more and to apply.  You are advised to make an early application.

The Off Campus Support Scheme helps first year undergraduate and General Course students who do not live in LSE halls of residence settle into life at LSE and connects them with the LSE community.


The Financial Support Office is responsible for administering School funds and a variety of scholarships, studentships, prizes and awards. You are advised to make an early application.

Student Benefits and Discounts

Find out about student benefits and discounts from Special offers for LSE students and the LSE SU

LSE Wellbeing

LSE offers a wide range of support services that help your welfare and make sure that your presence in the school is a rewarding and meaningful experience. Find out more about the teams, services and support here to help you.

LSE Diversity

LSE is committed to building a diverse, equitable and truly inclusive university. LSE believes that diversity is critical to maintaining excellence in all of our endeavours. We seek to enable all members of the school community to achieve their full potential in an environment characterised by equality of respect and opportunity. 

Find out more about equity, diversity and inclusion at LSE.

Offer queries

Any queries about your offer such as submission of transcripts, meeting offer conditions, deferred entry, please see

Please also note the current processing times for the graduate admissions office for incoming applications, emails and documents (including confirmation of receipt).