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Last updated: 29 March 2021

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.

  • We are sending all decisions out as emails only. 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.

Coronavirus - plans for the 2021/2 academic session

LSE is committed to delivering face-to-face teaching in the academic year 2021/2. We are monitoring closely government guidance on the easing of lockdown, travel arrangements and the UK vaccination programme to help inform our planning for next year. The evolving situation means that it is not currently possible to state in any detail how LSE's graduate programmes will run in the new academic session.

During the 2020-21 academic year, LSE offered flexible teaching and learning which comprised both in-person and online delivery. In Michaelmas Term, we taught classes and seminars in-person on our campus, while lectures were delivered online. This was positively received by students and staff. As well as developing new ways of teaching and learning, we also invested in technical infrastructure and campus safety to support our student community throughout the pandemic.

While it is too early to say how the new academic session will look, we will be ready to welcome students onto campus for in-person teaching or offer a hybrid model of both in-person on-campus and online teaching and learning using state of the art technology designed around student needs. Our priority remains the health and wellbeing of our community and we will continue to follow government guidance to keep our students and staff safe.

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.

Online appointments

We have now launched our bookable online appointments to replace the phone queueing system. Please book here. 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.