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.
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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
A 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:
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
Students resubmitting coursework for examination in 2019 should do so by 12:00 (midday) Monday 27th April 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 2017/18.
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
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.