This page is designed to give brief information to students from the Department of Media and Communications who have failed a course, deferred a course, or have not been awarded their degree, and should be read in conjunction with the Department's MSc Handbook and Dissertation Guide (see above) and the webpages on Re-entry.
Please also read the Scheme for the Award of a Taught Masters Degree.
Are results are provisional until the publication of final and confirmed results in November of each year, therefore we are not able to give advice on possible or likely outcomes before the Exam Board has confirmed those results.
Note that your previous candidate number will be invalid. You must check LFY for your current candidate number.
We will communicate with you only via your LSE email address. You must ensure that you can access your LSE IT account so that you can use Moodle for coursework submission, and access your final results on LFY. If you need to recover your IT account, please contact Tech Support.
Fail with Re-sits
Please note that failing only a half unit course does not necessarily mean that a degree will not be awarded in the current year.
Students on the MSc Global Media & Communications (USC): if you do not successfully complete four units at LSE, you may be required to compensate for the failed course(s) by registering for additional courses at USC.
If you have not been successful in obtaining your degree, you will be entitled to re-sit any failed courses on one occasion only.
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.
Re-sitting or Deferring Assessments
General (LSE) information
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:
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 each year alongside examinations for current students.
Courses assessed by coursework
Students resubmitting coursework for examination in 2020 should do so by the last day of Lent Term, 12:00 (midday) Monday 30th March 2020.
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 your year of study.
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. You must use a new candidate number in 2020, this can be found on LFY.
Courses assessed by both more than one component
You must re-sit any and all failed components.
Students resubmitting dissertations for examination in 2019 should normally do so by 12:00 (midday) Monday, 17th August 2020, using the same submission procedure as for coursework (above). You must use a new candidate number in 2020, this can be found on LFY.
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
London WC2A 2AE
Students re-sitting or deferring ONLY MC499 Dissertation are entitled to resubmit by the earlier date of the Monday of the last day of Lent Term, 12:00 (midday,) Monday 30th March 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.
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.