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Last updated: 27 November 2020

The new admissions cycle is now underway. Some of the same arrangements that we put in place since March are still in place, some have changed slightly. We will continue to monitor and respond to the global situation.

New applicants should follow the advice in our Prospective students section, and look out for the Admissions Vlogs - new videos coming soon!

NOTICE: Please be aware of an issue that has come to our attention regarding email junk/spam filters. Some email software is filtering LSE emails to the spam/junk or ‘Deleted Items/Bin’ folder so please make sure to check there for important information regarding your application. If you do find any of our emails in any of these folders, please make sure to add the domain @lse.ac.uk to your ‘Safe Senders’ or ‘Never Block’ list. Emails will be sent to you automatically from our database system once you have begun your online application and as your application progresses through each step in the process (application created; application submitted; application downloaded for processing). We will then send you a further email each time there is an update to the status of your application, including any requests for further information and the programme selectors’ decision on your application. It is essential that you ensure you can successfully receive our emails as soon as you begin your application.

For advice about later stages in the cycle, please read the following advice:

General advice about sending documents and contacting us

The entire Graduate Admissions team is currently working remotely with no access to our office.

We have extremely limited access to paper documents, with considerable delay to their arrival. The best way for you to meet any requirements set out in your offer letter is for you to either:

  • Share your document with us via an online verification service, such as Digitary, CHESICC (for degrees studied in P.R. China) or eScrip-Safe.

  • Send a secure, digitally signed PDF.

  • Share your test scores with us by supplying your TRF number (IELTS) or appointment number (TOEFL, GMAT, GRE), or by sharing your Duolingo results with graduate.documents@lse.ac.uk

  • Ask your institution/referee to email your documents to us directly at graduate.documents@lse.ac.uk

  • Please do not send documents via multiple routes; duplication causes delay.

Other things to note

  • If you have recently sent us official test results via ETS (either TOEFL or GRE results), please can you also self report these using our How Do I...? forms (you will need to use form number 1). We are unable to receive batches directly from ETS at this present time, but we can verify results sent to us in this manner. For TOEFL results we require you to provide your name, appointment number and date of birth. For GRE results, we require you to provide your namedate of birth and registration number.

  • For the moment we will be sending all decisions out as emails only, so please do not report missing offer packs. All of the information you need is in your offer email, and the offer pack is available online (to everyone) at lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Graduate/Offer-holders. Please consider the email as official notification of your offer.

  • Please search for Coronavirus on the LSE Enquiries System for answers to some of the queries we are receiving. We will continue to add to this as more becomes clear. Please do not email us to ask about your individual situation; we will contact you as soon as we have made the relevant decisions. At the moment we continue to receive high volumes of emails which makes the process of confirming offers slower.

  • Finally, don’t panic. We know that the news is often alarming at the moment, but we are putting every effort into finding solutions to keep the application process running smoothly.​

Coronavirus - plans for the 2020/1 academic session


Flexible teaching and learning in Michaelmas Term 

Earlier this month we published our plans to welcome students to the LSE campus and halls of residence in Michaelmas Term. Small in-person classes, seminars, tutorial groups and other sessions, such as Harvard-style teaching (integrated lecture/class sessions), will run on campus, all in socially distanced environments. Lectures will be delivered online throughout Michaelmas Term, and they will be recorded and made available for students to access. 

We expect all new and returning LSE students to come to, and be resident in, London for the start of term. If you cannot make it for the start of term then we encourage you to arrive as soon as possible after that date. This will ensure a better experience for you and your fellow students as you will be engaging with teaching and learning on campus and with your peers and academic faculty. This will also provide you with access to the various services LSE has on offer that are important for a positive student experience outside the classroom. 

Flexible teaching and learning arrangements in Michaelmas Term 2020

However, we know that some students may not be able to arrive in London for the start of term for a number of reasons, such as travel and visa delays or for medical-related reasons. That's why we are introducing flexible arrangements, so that you have a range of options that work for you and we can put in place the support you need, whether you are in London or elsewhere for all or part of Michaelmas Term.

If you cannot make it to the LSE campus for the start of term, we will provide online substitute teaching and learning until you are able to join us. Online provisions will vary across departments, but besides pre-recorded or synchronous online lectures, this may take the form of online tutorial sessions, Q and A with faculty, peer study groups for on-campus and online students or similar activity designed to build and strengthen our student community. While we will try to schedule teaching to accommodate students studying remotely, some synchronous teaching may not always be available within normal teaching hours in your location.

Students studying online will also have access to support from a range of LSE services. While we will try to provide as much as we can to students studying remotely, there may be some activity which we cannot offer online. Examples of these are likely to include work and volunteering opportunities, as well as access to some on-campus events.

Further information 

Our flexible approach with online teaching and student support will be in place for the duration of the Michaelmas Term for students unable to be in London. If you cannot arrive on campus for the start of term, you will be asked, prior to the start of your programme, to let us know your likely date of arrival and to request online teaching in Michaelmas Term.

If you need to study remotely for some or all of Michaelmas Term, you should also check, and take responsibility for, any other arrangements that may be impacted by a period of online study. These may include accommodation contracts, scholarships or loans, and visa conditions for international students and EU students (who, post-Brexit and under current rules, would need a visa if they do not take up residence in the UK before 31 December 2020). It is also your responsibility to ensure that you are able to study remotely in an appropriate environment.

 LSE will not discount the tuition fee for students who study for some or all of the Michaelmas Term online. However, you are able to take advantage of our standard payment plans whereby fees can be paid in instalments and details can be found on our Tuition Fees pages.

The option to follow your programme remotely via online study is currently available for Michaelmas Term only. Subject to updates, we expect all new and continuing LSE students to arrive on campus for in-person teaching at the start of Lent Term, and we very much hope to deliver as many face-to-face teaching and learning opportunities as soon and safely as possible.

Support, guidance and advice 

Our priority remains the health and wellbeing of our community. We know that you will have lots of questions about living and studying in London and we are here to help and support you however we can. Our FAQs contain the most up to date information about measures in place on campus and in halls, as well as information about your studies in Michaelmas Term 2020, and how we want to help you feel #partofLSE. We will continue to update these pages as we count down to you registering in September.

LSE halls vacancies

There are vacancies remaining in LSE halls for graduate students who have not yet arranged their accommodation for the next academic session (2020/21). Please do create an account in the LSE accommodation system to log in, view current availability and book your accommodation here.

We currently have vacancies in single rooms in Butlers Wharf Hall from £179 per week; and also in single, single ensuite and studio rooms in urbanest Kings Cross hall, with prices ranging from £232 per week - £367 per week.

Our availability changes throughout the summer, so if you don't see what you are looking for initially, it is worthwhile checking our system again a bit later in the summer, as rooms can become available.

COVID-19 update: 

Our halls have friendly, inclusive and vibrant communities and we are working hard to ensure that this continues to be the case in light of COVID-19. There will be some changes to make sure that we prioritise your well-being while you stay with us. We are looking forward to welcoming all our new residents in September safely and in adherence with guidelines from Public Health England. For more information on how we will make LSE Halls of Residence safe for you, please see our webpage here.

If you have any queries at all, please don't hesitate to contact us at accommodation@lse.ac.uk.


LSE's Director, Minouche Shafik said: 

“I very much look forward to welcoming our new students to London for the 2020/2021 academic session in September. The wellbeing of our School community is paramount and our flexible approach to teaching and learning will ensure an excellent education and student experience continues safely for all. We are a global community at LSE, and we are committed to sustaining that openness as we shape the world in partnership with students, staff and friends of our School in the academic year ahead."

For information on how the School is already supporting current students, please see info.lse.ac.uk/coronavirus-response/advice-for-students. You can also see how LSE is contributing to research and policy in the age of coronavirus at lse.ac.uk/school-of-public-policy/social-sciences-covid-response

As ever, please be assured that we are doing everything we can to make sure that your opportunities at LSE are undiminished and that you get to enjoy the benefits of studying at one of the world’s leading social science institutions.

English language conditions 2021 entry

Now that many test centres across the world have re-opened, we will only accept tests that meet our requirements on their own. This means that IELTS Indicator and Duolingo English Test are no longer acceptable.

Please look at our English language requirements and arrange to take a suitable test such as IELTS Academic, TOEFL, Pearson or Cambridge. You should make these arrangements as soon as you can - if you leave it to the last moment it is much more likely that getting your results to us in time will prove to be stressful.

Prepare early and thoroughly. No time you spend on improving your English language profiency will be wasted.

Degree conditions

We will set our usual degree conditions in the hope that you will not be affected by the sort of disruption to final exams that we experienced in 2020. We expect transcripts will contain details of any adjustments to marks made by your university. If there are further extenuating circumstances, please ask your referees to mention this.


The School has made the decision not to allow any deferrals from 2021/2 to 2022/3. If you decide not to take up your place this year, you will instead need to reinstate your application for entry in 2022/3

Telephone service

Due to staff shortages we are unable to offer a phone service at the moment.

We are working towards a new approach of bookable online appointments to replace the phone queueing system. More details will be published soon. We will also be expanding our series of vlogs, to talk you through the admissions process.

You can see where we are up to in the processing queue on our current processing times. You can see when to expect an acknowledgement from us, and when the online status tracker will be updated.

LSE in the news

LSE stays top in London

LSE continues to be the top-rated university in London, according to the latest Complete University Guide. Find out more here.

Exceptional Circumstances

If circumstances beyond your control (unrelated to Covid-19, for which see the advice above) are having an adverse effect on making your application or meeting your offer conditions, you can let us know using our extenuating circumstances form.  We will offer what practical advice and help we can.