Delivering 2019/20 postgraduate teaching online

Our response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions

We are confident in our plans, and committed to delivering the best possible experience for our students in a virtual learning environment

Professor Sarah Banet-Weiser, Head of Department


A Message from the Head of Department

As part of LSE's precautionary measures in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19), LSE Director Dame Minouche Shafik announced that from 23 March campus will close and all teaching activities will be delivered online for the remainder of the 2019/20 academic year.

In response to this, the Department of Media and Communications moved all of its taught postgraduate teaching online from Monday 16 March onwards. Details of our teaching provision are set out below, and students should read this in conjunction with announcements received from their course Moodle pages, and Student Hub.

Despite this switch to online delivery, the Department of Media and Communications will continue to support students in their learning and development experience. These are challenging times, but we are confident in our plans, and committed to delivering the best possible experience for our students in a virtual learning environment.

Professor Sarah Banet-Weiser
Head of Department
Department of Media and Communications

Can I come to campus?

From Monday 23 March, there is no access to LSE campus buildings, including the LSE Library.

This is based on the instruction of the UK government. We advise that you do not come to campus. 

Our halls of residence will remain open and we support and welcome all students who may wish to stay in their accommodation. 

How can I attend office hours and dissertation supervision online?

  • Academic mentors / dissertation supervisors will set up their new office hours on Student Hub and will inform students what method of communication will be used (e.g., Zoom, Skype, Jitsi).
  • Students should feel free to continue emailing academic mentors / dissertation supervisors as they would normally. 

How can I attend lectures and seminars online?

  • Lectures will be audio/video recorded and posted onto the relevant course Moodle page, alongside the accompanying presentation. Lecture recordings, notes, and/or presentations will be uploaded in a timely manner and organised in a way that will make sense for students to access them. 
  • Seminars will be held using Moodle forums. From Monday 16 March, a forum for each seminar will be found at the bottom of the ‘main’ section of the course Moodle page (i.e. directly above the Week 1 section). At or before the time of your seminar, your teacher will post a set of questions/comments and ask students to respond over a 24-hour period. Teachers will then check in at intervals over that period of 24-hours to respond to student comments.
  • The above will be the standard method of running Departmental seminars. However, if your teacher intends to make a change to this they will contact you. 
  • Teachers will normally use online involvement as evidence of attendance. Therefore we would be grateful if you could respond during the 24 hour period so that the teacher knows you are there. If you will be absent, try to let the teacher know in advance, as you would under normal circumstances. 

I am worried/have questions about online teaching - who can I contact?

As ever, students can get in touch via email with their academic mentors, programme directors, course convenors and teachers if they have any questions, comments or concerns.

Enquiries can also be sent to (for MSc students) and (for PhD students), which are both monitored on a regular basis by our team of professional services staff.

What does this mean for assessment?

    • Formative coursework: you will receive feedback via email, unless you are told otherwise by your teacher/a member of professional services.
    • Summative coursework deadlines: all summative coursework deadlines have been extended to the new submission date of Tuesday 26 May 2020 at 12noon UK time.
    • Dissertation deadline: the dissertation deadline has been extended to the new submission date of Wednesday 26 August 2020 at 12noon UK time.
    • Submission: you should submit essays in the normal way to Moodle. If you need to submit another kind of assessment, like a presentation, you will be contacted by your teacher or another member of Departmental staff about how to submit this.
    • Extensions: please submit extension requests in the normal way, via the online form. Please direct any queries to
    • Exams:  For information and guidance about taking online assessments, please see the School's dedicated Online Assessment webpages.

Can I apply for authorised absence?

Please email to if you wish to request an authorised absence at this time. 

If you have any visa concerns, please see the International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT) webpages here.

What does this mean for PhD Researchers?

  • PhD supervision will continue. Supervisors will contact PhD supervisees to discuss the best method of communication.
  • Upgrade vivas and final vivas will be held online wherever possible.
  • If PhD Researchers are employed by the Department, they should get in touch with the academic they are working with (for paid teaching /research work) or Department Manager James Deeley (for administrative paid work).
  • For guidance and advice on travelling for research and/or personal reasons, visit the LSE Coronavirus FAQ webpage for up-to-date information. 
  • PhD Researchers can always contact the PhD Academy for support and guidance.


What does this mean for MSc applicants for 2020/21?

We plan to deliver all taught postgraduate teaching in 2020/21 on campus as usual.

We welcome applications and advise anyone planning to study with us to view Our MSc programmes.

Social media and blogs

Our move online has not affected our active and engaged social media accounts and research blogs.

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Where can I go for advice and guidance on the School's response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation?

The most up-to-date information, guidance, advice and support for students is listed here.