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How do I...?

Most common tasks for applicants

Please only use the forms below if you are awaiting a decision on your application. If you have already received an offer of a place at LSE, or can't find the form you are looking for, use the link at the bottom of the page to go to the How do I...? forms for Offer Holders.

..contact the graduate admissions office? (1)

The website and admissions enquiries system are the quickest way to receive answers to any questions you may have. Please explore the site before contacting us. If your question cannot be answered by reference to online resources, you can submit an email enquiry via the admissions enquiries system.

If you need to call us please call +44 (0)20 7955 7160. We use an automated system to direct your call to the most appropriate person.

Our normal phone service opening hours are 9am- 5pm UK time, Monday to Friday. Our phone service is closed between 10am-11am each Thursday morning for team meetings.

If you need to speak to someone face to face or hand in some documents, you may come to the Student Services Centre in the Old Building on the ground floor for answers to general queries. A member of the graduate admissions office will be available for 5 minute discussions between our set drop-in times. 

During term-time, we usually operate 11am-12pm and 3pm-4pm drop-in sessions on weekdays, except on Wednesdays when we are only available from 11am-12pm.

Please note that between terms we operate the 11am-12pm drop-in only and drop-in sessions are not available when the School is closed for public holidays.

If you are posting documents to us, our postal address is:

Graduate Admissions,
The London School of Economics and Political Science,
PO Box 13420,
Houghton Street,
London,
WC2A 2AR,
United Kingdom.

For our full contact details, including closures and information regarding turnaround times, please see our 'Contact Graduate Admissions' page.

..check my application status? (2)

The online graduate application tracker (in LSE for You) allows you to see exactly what stage your application is at.

The tracker allows you to view up-to-the-minute information regarding the status of your application. The tracker is dynamically linked to our own internal database, reflecting any change or decision on your application as soon as it happens. We also notify you by email when we process a document or request or if a decision is made on your application.

You can also use the tracker to inform us of any change of address or contact information, to accept or decline your offer, and to submit your Financial Undertaking Form.

Via the tracker you will also be able to submit your Graduate Financial Support Application.

..add or amend my programme choices? (3)

Please do not use this form if you have not yet submitted an application form for entry this academic year. You will need to complete an online application form.

If you have already applied for entry this year you should not submit a new application. Instead, use this form to indicate your new programme choices, and upload a new personal statement if you wish. If you are applying for two new choices, you may upload two new personal statements saved in one document.

Open new choices form

Add or amend programme choices

  • Name
  • I wish to withdraw from my current choice 1
  • I wish to withdraw from my current choice 2.
  • Programme availability
  • By submitting this form, you authorise us to rely and act upon all apparently valid instructions as properly authorised by you, even if they may conflict with any other mandate given at any time concerning your affairs. We may refuse to act on an instruction, for example if we know of or suspect a breach of security. You must make sure that any instruction is accurate and complete and we are not liable if this is not the case.

..reinstate my 2017/8 application for 2018/9 entry? (4)

The deadline for completing this form is 12 November 2017.

If you have been unsuccessful, or are unable to take up your place in 2017, you may reinstate your application for consideration next year. As long as you complete the form before the deadline above, we will be able to re-use the documents that you sent to us, including your transcripts and references.

The reinstatement fee to be considered in 2018/9 is currently £65.

If you have not yet paid the reinstatement fee, you can do so using the LSE Online Store.

Open reinstatement form

Reinstate your application from 2017/8 to 2018/9

  • Name
  • Mode of study
  • Declaration
  • Mode of study
  • Declaration
  • Personal statement
    Upload your new personal statement (if applicable) as a Word document or PDF using the button below. Please make sure that your name and ID number appears on each page of the document.

..pay a reinstatement fee? (5)

The reinstatement fee to be considered in 2018/9 is currently £65.

Please complete the reinstatement form in the above tab, before paying the reinstatement fee via the LSE Online store.

..pay an administrative fee? (6)

If you need to pay an application assessment fee, additional choices fee, reinstatement fee or have been asked to pay a top-up fee, please use the LSE Online store.

..submit the extra information you have asked for? (7)

Please use the form below to submit any new information that we have requested. Please be aware that if your file is under consideration at the department and you send unsolicited new information, it will not be added to your file until it is returned.

BEFORE SUBMITTING THE FORM:

  • STOP! If your application is already complete and under consideration, you should not send any additional documentation unless we have asked for it. Please be patient and await our decision. Submitting extra documents just clogs up our system and slows things down.

  • If we have asked you to submit an additional document, please make sure that you only do so once. Sending duplicates just slows things down.

  • Don't send huge documents. The selectors do not have time to read tens of thousands of words from each applicant. We will discard them. Instead, choose a suitable extract of up to 3,000 words if you are sending a sample of your written work.

  • Don't send documents other than those we have asked for.

If you are attaching a file please read carefully the all instructions below. If you fail to do so, your document may not be transmitted properly which will delay our receipt of it.

  • Please consider the environment, do not send unnecessary items.
  • Please ensure that all documents have your name on every page.
  • Append all attachments into one PDF or Word document (please use .doc NOT .docx files) to allow us to print on both sides. Please optimise your file to minimise its size.
  • Do not attempt to send .zip files. They are not compatible with our system and will not be received.
  • When submitting an attachment, please make sure that the file name has only a-z characters in it (ie no punctuation or spaces). We have had occasional problems with files failing to be uploaded and this seems to help. We have raised this issue with our supplier.
  • If you are submitting GRE or GMAT scores please note that we require your full scores; the totals as well as the percentiles and the Analytical Writing section. If you have just taken the test and have only your raw scores please do not submit them. They will not be considered.
  • Please do not submit duplicate emails. You should make a note of when you submit the form below and check our current processing times for information on when we are likely to process your documents. Make a note of the day you submit the attachment and wait until we have processed all documents from this day before contacting us about your information.
  • If you have a question about your application please search our online enquiries system where you can view FAQs and answers and submit a question. General enquiries submitted via this form will not be answered.
  • If you want to change your address details please submit your changes via the application tracker.
Open new information form

New information form

  • Name
  • GRE/GMAT
    Please list your raw score and percentile for each section of the test. You should also give your registration number and test date. If you have not already done so, you should arrange for ETS to send your official scores. LSE's institution code is 0972 for the GRE and HMT86-56 for the GMAT.
  • English test score
    Please indicate your scores for each section of the test and the total. You should also give the Test Report Form (TRF) number for the IELTS or the TOEFL Registration Number and test date. Scores must be less than two years old on 1 October 2014
  • Other documents
    Use the browse button to select a file from your computer. Please use .pdf, .doc or image files. Do not attempt to submit .docx or Excel files.
  • By submitting this form, you authorise us to rely and act upon all apparently valid instructions as properly authorised by you, even if they may conflict with any other mandate given at any time concerning your affairs. We may refuse to act on an instruction, for example if we know of or suspect a breach of security. You must make sure that any instruction is accurate and complete and we are not liable if this is not the case.

..change my mode of study from part-time to full-time or vice versa? (8)

Please note than not all courses are available for part-time study - consult individual programme pages. Part-time registration is intended only for those who need to spread their studies over a longer period because of outside commitments.

Due to visa restrictions, it is not usually possible for applicants from outside the EU to study part-time.

If you are a MPhil/PhD student further restrictions apply. Switching to part-time registration is available to students who need to spread their studies over a longer period if they are in one or more of the following categories and can provide documentary evidence:

  • employed or self-employed where the employment is in excess of 20 hours per week;

  • on the basis of a protected characteristic recognised in the Equality Act 2010.

If you are an MPhil/PhD applicant wishing to change to part-time study, you must send us documentary evidence of your eligibility (e.g. a letter from your employer) before the change can be approved. Please use the new information form to do this.

Taught (MSc) students can apply to study the course part-time provided it is offered in this mode - consult individual programme pages. Students from outside the EU are still subject to any visa restrictions. For MSc Finance FT/PT please complete the new programme choice form.

Open change mode of study form

Change mode of study form

  • Name
  • By submitting this form, you authorise us to rely and act upon all apparently valid instructions as properly authorised by you, even if they may conflict with any other mandate given at any time concerning your affairs. We may refuse to act on an instruction, for example if we know of or suspect a breach of security. You must make sure that any instruction is accurate and complete and we are not liable if this is not the case.

..request references? (9)

It is your responsibility to supply suitable references in support of your application. For the majority of applicants this means two academic references from university tutors who know your work well. Check individual programme pages and our rules and exceptions for full information. Applications will not be considered without suitable references. Please be aware that if you are reinstating your application from one year to the next, you must use option 2 if additional references are needed, as your application will not go through the submission system again.            

Request references online (new applications)            

When you apply online you should use the system to request references. Subsequently you can send a reminder to your referees, or add a new referee to your application. You should always use an academic/professional email address for your referee in preference to a webmail address. It is usually best to let your referees know in advance that you will be nominating them on your application.            

Request references to be submitted by post or email (reinstated applications)            

If you are reinstating from one year to the next and are submitting a more up to date reference, you can forward the word template for academic referees or the template for professional referees  and ask your referee to send a hard copy of the reference to our usual address or to Graduate.References@lse.ac.uk from an academic or professional email address. Please use this option if:          

  • we ask you to send an additional reference after your application has been processed              

  • you have sent the wrong type of reference by mistake              

  • your referee is having technical problems with the online reference form              

  • you have applied with a paper application.                    

Copy and paste this text into an email to your referee to submit a quick request.            

Dear ……………………… I am applying for a graduate programme at the LSE <<insert the name of the programme (s) here, it is also useful to briefly mention why you are applying for this programme>> Please see the information below for further instructions on how you can submit a reference on my behalf. The LSE operates a rolling admissions policy, applications are considered only when all requested items, included references, are received for my application.               

You can download the Word version of the academic reference form or  and submit it directly to the LSE via Graduate.References@lse.ac.uk quoting my name and applicant ID number << insert your ID number if you know it>>

You should submit this from your academic or professional email account to avoid having to submit a duplicate hard copy if I receive an offer of admission. If you do not have an academic or professional email account you should print this reference on the official headed paper of your institution or company, sign it and post it to the address shown on the form.               

Please let me know when the reference has been submitted.

..get a reminder of my admissions number? (10)

Has your application been processed yet? Check our current processing times to confirm that we have already processed your application before requesting a reminder of your applicant ID number. Your ID number will be given to you in the last of four confirmation emails sent to you. The last email is sent to you when your application is processed and checked by a member of the Graduate Admissions team.

You should add Graduate.Admissions-Do.Not.Reply.To.This.Address@lse.ac.uk to your safe list to stop this email going into your junk mail.

To receive an e-mail reminder of your admissions number, you must fill in your full name and date of birth. It would also be helpful to us if you could fill in your current first choice programme title.

The email containing your number will be sent to the e-mail address we currently have on the system, for security. Please note you will only be able to change your personal details with your ID number and date of birth.

Open admissions number reminder form

Admissions number reminder form

  • Name
  • By submitting this form, you authorise us to rely and act upon all apparently valid instructions as properly authorised by you, even if they may conflict with any other mandate given at any time concerning your affairs. We may refuse to act on an instruction, for example if we know of or suspect a breach of security. You must make sure that any instruction is accurate and complete and we are not liable if this is not the case.

..report extenuating circumstances affecting my application? (11)

If circumstances beyond your control are having an adverse effect on your application; for example illness or bereavement in your family, a natural disaster or political unrest in your country, please let us know. We will offer what practical advice and help we can, whether you need to request deferral of your place to the next academic session, or whether you have particular needs with regards to the conditions on your offer or a visa application.

Use the form below to inform us of the situation and to let us know of any temporary contact address, email or telephone number where we can reach you if different to the one on your records. Alternatively, if you only have sporadic access to telephone or internet services, you can give the name of a third party you wish to access your information on your behalf.

For all general enquiries, please use the enquiries system.

Open extenuating circumstances form

Extenuating circumstances form

  • Name
  • By submitting this form, you authorise us to rely and act upon all apparently valid instructions as properly authorised by you, even if they may conflict with any other mandate given at any time concerning your affairs. We may refuse to act on an instruction, for example if we know of or suspect a breach of security. You must make sure that any instruction is accurate and complete and we are not liable if this is not the case.

..advise the school of my disability? (12)

If you would like to advise the School of your disability, long-term medical condition or specific learning difficulty, to help us make appropriate provision for you, please complete and return the attached form, to provide any additional information you feel necessary.

Please note that we may be unable to accommodate your individual requirements if we do not have the additional information.

The Disability and Well-being Service may contact you to discuss arrangements. You can contact them at disability-dyslexia@LSE.ac.uk and there is more information on their website - see Information for disabled prospective students.

Open Disability / Additional needs form

Disability / Additional needs form

  • Name
  • Please describe your requirements below
  • By submitting this form, you authorise us to rely and act upon all apparently valid instructions as properly authorised by you, even if they may conflict with any other mandate given at any time concerning your affairs. We may refuse to act on an instruction, for example if we know of or suspect a breach of security. You must make sure that any instruction is accurate and complete and we are not liable if this is not the case.