Current students

Current students should enrol on the Department's Moodle site for information on:

Academic Mentors
Feedback and Consultation Hours for Academic Staff

Student handbooks

The MSc Handbook and the PhD Handbook are given out to students at the beginning of each academic year.  The MSc Dissertation Guide is given to students during Michaelmas Term.

Communication and comments

We hope that you enjoy your studies in the Department, and that you are pleased with the teaching and other forms of support that you receive. However, if you have any suggestions or concerns, we aim to respond to these constructively and address any problems as promptly as possible. Specifically, if you have a concern about your programme or any aspect of the Department's activities, you are invited to raise this with any of the following:

In addition, the School has a Procedure for the Consideration of Student Concerns and Complaints.

Should you decide to express a concern or pursue a complaint outside the department, we ask that you also inform the Head of Department so that they are also aware of any problems.  Professor Sarah Banet-Weiser

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Interpreting Your Results

This page is designed to give information to students from the Department of Media and Communications who have not been awarded their degrees, and should be read in conjunction with the Department's MSc Handbook and Dissertation Guide (see above) and the webpages on Re-entry

Note that your previous candidate number will be invalid.  You must check LFY for your current candidate number.

You must ensure that you continue to check your LSE email address and that you are able to access both LFY and Moodle - contact the IT Helpdesk if you are experiencing technical problems.

1. Fail with Re-sits

There is a variety of situations in which a degree may not have been awarded - these are listed below.

Please note that failing only a half unit course [see point (iii) below] does not necessarily mean that a degree will not be awarded in the current year.

Students on the MSc Global Media & Communications (USC) are required to complete and pass four units at LSE in order to graduate from the double degree programme.  If you do not initially complete four units, you must either (i) re-sit until all LSE courses are passed or (ii) replace the failed course by registering for additional courses at USC.  Contact your programme director if you have any queries on this issue.

i. Assessment incomplete

A student must have attempted all elements of assessment for each course within the MSc programme to be considered eligible for the award of a degree. If any part of the assessment for any course has not been attempted (e.g. the MY451 or MY464 exam for MC4M1) the student is not eligible to graduate and must complete the course the following year. Marks already gained in, e.g. the coursework component of MC4M1, would be carried forward and combined with the MY464 exam component mark the following year.

ii. Bad Fail marks

A Bad Fail mark (39 or less for MC-prefixed courses) in any course will result in an overall Fail for the degree. See Calendar for a list of Bad Fail marks for all courses offered at LSE.

iii. Failing a half unit course

Fail (but not a Bad Fail) in a course of 0.5 unit value does not need to be compensated, i.e. you can fail a 0.5 unit course and still be awarded the MSc without a drop in class of award.

iv. Failing a course/courses to the value of 1.0 unit

If you have a Fail (but not a Bad Fail) in a course(s) to the value of 1.0 unit, you will be required to re-sit unless the fail can be compensated by either:

  • a mark of at least 60 in: a) one full unit course; or b) each of two half unit courses; or

  • an aggregate mark of 165 in the non-failed courses.

If compensated by either of the above options, then a Fail will automatically result in a drop in the overall award classification given to you (e.g. if you would otherwise have been eligible for a Merit, your overall classification would drop to a Pass). 

v. Failing a course/courses critical to assessment:

  • All students must pass MC499 (Dissertation) to be eligible for the award of the MSc degree.

  • All MSc Media and Communications (Research) students must pass MC499 and MC4M2 to be eligible for the award of the MSc degree.

A Fail in a course/courses critical to assessment cannot be compensated; you must re-sit and pass the course/s before a degree can be awarded.

2. Final Fail - when both previous attempts at a paper/papers have been unsuccessful and an award cannot be made)

If you have not been successful in obtaining your degree, you will be entitled to re-sit any failed courses on one occasion only. 

If, following re-sits, you have still not been successful in obtaining your degree, your classification will state 'No Award Made'.  Unfortunately, this means that you have failed to be awarded a degree from LSE.  

Challenging results - Appeals

The School has an appeals procedure for students who wish to appeal their overall classification.  Full information on this procedure is available on the Appeals webpage.

3. Re-sitting or Deferring Assessments

General (LSE) information

(i) Students are automatically re-entered for assessment in the next academic session on any failed or deferred courses. You will receive email confirmation of your re-entry from the Student Service Centre by the end of March 2020.  Students may only resit a failed course if they are otherwise not eligible for the degree

(ii) For full details of the re-entry/re-sitting process, please see web pages on Re-Entry

Specific information for re-sitting and deferring MC courses:

(i) Courses assessed by un/seen examination

If the syllabus of a particular course has changed, a special re-sit examination paper, based on the syllabus you studied, will be set. Re-sit examinations take place in Summer Term each year alongside examinations for current year students.

(ii) Courses assessed by coursework

Submission date

Students resubmitting coursework for examination in 2019 should do so by 12:00 (midday) Monday 27th April 2020.

Essay titles

Students should either rewrite the failed piece of work or select another summative essay title from the list of summative coursework questions for courses taught in 2017/18.

Submission procedure

Coursework must be submitted online via Moodle before the deadline.  Essay coversheets are available on Moodle.  Instructions on how to format your essay and how to name the file are in the MSc Handbook.

(iii) Courses assessed by both more than one component

Students who fail a course overall will be required to re-sit all failed components that count for greater than or equal to 40% of the overall course mark. Re-sit candidates are required to re-sit only the failed component/s of the course, i.e. coursework or examination/s. If a course requires a re-sit, the entire unit/course is capped at the Pass mark of 50%. Students will be allowed one further re-sit, i.e. one attempt. Re-sit assessments are as rigorous as the first assessment, and measure the same learning outcomes and breadth of subject matter.

(iv) MC499 Dissertation

Students resubmitting dissertations for examination in 2019 should normally do so by 12:00 (midday) Monday, 19th August 2019, using the same submission procedure as for coursework (above). 

Students resubmitting dissertations for examination in 2020 should normally do so by 12:00 (midday) Monday, 24th August 2020, using the same submission procedure as for coursework (above). 

Note that Dissertations must be submitted to Moodle AND in hard copy to the Department. 

The postal address is:

Regulation & Assessment Officer
Department of Media & Communications
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE

Students re-sitting or deferrring ONLY MC499 Dissertation are entitled to resubmit by the earlier date of the last day of the LSE Lent Term - 12:00 (midday,) Friday 3rd April 2020. If successful, the degree may be awarded in July rather than December.

No formal supervision is available to re-sit (or deferral) students but your former dissertation supervisor will send you brief feedback. In addition, you may contact the Dissertation Officers for advice and guidance. Their details will be posted on Moodle towards the end of the LSE Summer Term.You may re-submit your existing dissertation with revisions, or you may change the topic and submit a new dissertation. Please note, given that supervision is not available to re-sit or deferral students, most students choose to submit a variation of their original dissertation.

(v) Re-sitting assessments for courses taken outside the Department

For failed courses taken outside the Department of Media and Communications, you must contact the appropriate department for specific information concerning re-sitting.

MSc SSLC Agenda Items

Please submit your agenda items for the Department of Media and Communications SSLC meeting below.

  • You are not limited to six items, if you have more, please complete a second version of the form.
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Reference Requests

If you are a current MSc student or an alumnus of this department and you would like a reference from one of our academic staff, please complete this reference request form and submit it by email. Please include as much information as possible as this makes it much easier to write a meaningful reference. You must include ALL of your courses and ALL of your coursework and exam results.

Please allow 10 working days for the reference to be written. Let us know if it must arrive by a certain date and if there are any other special requirements (e.g., sealed envelope).

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Summative Coursework Extension Request

LSE sets strict deadlines for formally assessed summative coursework, including the dissertation. We recognise, however, that students may, in the course of the year, face unforeseen difficulties. We hope that no such difficulties will arise during your studies at LSE.

Please refer to information on summative coursework in the MSc Handbook.

This form is to be used for Media & Communications (MC) courses only. For other courses, please contact the course teacher.

  1. Fill in the form below to request an extension to the deadline for coursework or dissertation. Please ensure you complete your request as early as possible before the deadline.

  2. Extensions are only granted in exceptional circumstances and where there is a good reason, backed by supporting evidence.

  3. If you are requesting an extension for more than one piece of coursework, you must state each course code.

  4. Your request will be forwarded to the Chair of the Exam Board - you can expect to receive a response within 5 working days, i.e. you will not receive a response when the School is closed.

  5. If you are granted an extension this is usually conditional upon you submitting documentary evidence to support your claim. The Chair will advise (a) the extended submission deadline (b) the documentation required and (c) the date by which the documentation must be received.  If the supporting documentation is not in English, it is your responsibility to supply an official translation, notarised by e.g. a lawyer, or the LSE Language Centre. If you have evidence now (e.g. a medical certificate) you can upload this when submitting the form.  The form and any documentation uploaded with the form, will be sent to the MSc Programmes Manager (Regulations & Assessment), the Exam Board Chair and the Department Manager only, the forms and documentation will not be sent to your teacher, or to the person marking your coursework, unless the Chair of the Exam Board is your teacher, or the person marking the coursework.

  6. Please note if you submit your coursework after the original deadline, this will result in later delivery of written feedback.  In particular it may mean that you receive written feedback after the end of term and therefore you may not have the opportunity to consult your Supervisor for advice. 
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Request to Change MSc Programme

Exceptionally, students may be permitted to change to a different programme after registration. The Department of Media & Communications requires you to follow our departmental procedure. Please note the following:

  1. You must first register for the programme for which you received and accepted an offer. You cannot apply to transfer programmes until you have registered at LSE.

  2. All requests for transfer into or within the Department of Media & Communications will be considered after 9am on the Monday of MT2, this enables us to make decisions based on the overall numbers of students on each programme.

  3. The decision on programme transfers lies with the programme director for each MSc and with the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Media & Communications. The procedure for effecting the change lies with the Student Services Centre.

  4. We aim to advise you of our decision by 5pm on the Thursday of MT2.

  5. Sometimes we can make a decision very quickly, based only on the information you supply in this webform, on other occasions (especially if you originally registered with a different Department and so we have not seen your application file) this may take considerably longer, as we will need to retrieve your file from  Registry.

  6. If your request to transfer is successful, you will need to complete the Programme Transfer form in hard copy. We suggest that, in order to save time, you complete the form and deliver it to our MSc Programmes Manager, Nicole Garnier, in room FAW.6.01J before the deadline date.  If your request to transfer is successful, we will obtain the required staff signatures and send the form to the Student Services Centre.  If your request is unsuccessful, we will not process the form.

  7. A successful request can take up to eight working days to be processed from the date of confirmation that your request has been successful. During this time you will be able to attend classes, but it is possible that your name may not appear on the class register and some mailing lists may become out of date while we update our records.

  8. One of the consequences of choosing to transfer is that from the point when the transfer is completed by the Student Service Centre (which could be up to 30th October), you will be considered as a new student on that programme, i.e. you must make fresh course choices, re-select your seminar groups and you may lose your priority access to some courses.

Complete and submit the online form below by 9am Monday 8th October 2018. If you submit the form after this deadline, it may take longer to consider your application, and it is less likely that a transfer will be approved.

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