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Study Support

Enhancing skills, advancing careers

SPP students benefit from study support sessions to strengthen their analytical, evaluative, writing and presentation skills. The seminars comprise lectures, workshops and practice sessions.

The study support training helps students develop transferable skills that are essential for effective policy analysis and research.

Full Time Students

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Academic support

Academic mentors

• Each full time student is given an academic mentor, who maintains oversight of both your academic progress and your wellbeing throughout your programme.
• Students will normally meet with their academic mentor twice a term.

Office hours
• Office hours are designated times in which academic staff will be available to students in order to have a conversation about wellbeing, offer feedback on a student’s progress, specific summative or formative assessments,  and/or have an in depth discussion of an academic area in which the student is interested.
• For office hours with individual professors or academic mentors, please consult the Student Hub.

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Policy Paper and Dissertation support seminars

For those choosing to write a Policy Paper (MPA and MPP) or Dissertation (MPA only), support seminars concentrate on:

• Understanding the difference between a Policy Paper and a Dissertation
• Developing research topics and questions
• Structuring and presenting policy analysis
• The assessment requirements for Policy Papers and Dissertations.

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Economics study support sessions

Some economic core courses have weekly support classes, focusing on key concepts and providing an opportunity to ask additional questions.

These sessions are particularly valuable for students without a quantitative background as they provide an opportunity for individuals to seek help in any areas which they may find challenging. 

Executive Students


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In-module support

When students are on campus for their modules, they have access to academics, teaching assistants and the programme support teams.

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Virtual office hours

When no longer on campus, executive students can contact their relevant points of contact for virtual office hours and email support post-module.

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Peer support

Feedback from previous cohorts shows students on the executive programmes learn significantly from their peers.

Peer support is an informal means for students to learn from those around them with high levels of expertise in their fields.

LSE Services


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LSE Life

LSE LIFE is a place where you can come to learn more about yourself, your studies and your goals. 

During the semester, LSE LIFE offers LSE students a wide range of talks, workshops, study advice, and academic mentoring. 

LSE LIFE is located on the Ground Floor of LSE Library and is open from Monday - Friday, 10am - 6pm.

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LSE Careers

LSE Careers provides networking opportunities, careers advice, and workshops to strengthen your professional skills. 

As an LSE student, you can book one to one appointments with individual career consultants to help discuss your career aspirations, review your CV, or practice mock interviews. 

You can book a careers appointment, or register for an upcoming careers event through LSE Careerhub.

To view the careers support the SPP offers, visit our page.

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Disability and Wellbeing Service

The Disability and Wellbeing Service is the central hub for all students who are disabled, have a  long-term medical condition, have a mental health condition or have a specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia or dyspraxia).

They support LSE in its commitment to enabling all students to achieve their full potential in an environment characterised by dignity and mutual respect, through providing a range of services aimed at making sure that you can get everything you need to study effectively, live comfortably, and access the School's resources.

Anyone due to be studying at LSE is encouraged to contact the Disability and Wellbeing Service at the earliest convenience.


LSE Language Centre

The LSE Language Centre provides free English for Academic Purposes courses for students who speak English as a foreign language and would like to improve and practice using the language.

If you are interested in learning a new language, or improving your exisiting level in a particular language, you can register for a class at the LSE Language Centre

The LSE Language Centre offers courses in French, Manadrin Chinese, Spanish, Russian, and as well as other languages.

However, please note these are not available to choose as a module during Postgraduate studies. Instead, the courses can be taken in addition to your studies.