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Last updated: 20 January 2023

 We are undertaking necessary maintenance on some of our systems this weekend. From Friday 20 January 2023 until Monday 23 January 2023 the system to create NEW accounts will be unavailable. If you have already created an account and accessed the Graduate Application Portal, you can still access it over the weekend. We appreciate your patience during the downtime.

Graduate Applicant Portal - Our updated portal for tracking your application has been launched on 7 November 2022. Invitations to create public accounts and access the portal are being sent.

Please see the latest COVID-19 FAQ published by NHS England which answers questions related to student COVID-19 vaccinations in England. 

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

We have a new page to cover the most common queries we have recieved this week. Check it out here at Top Ten Topics of the Week.


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 Graduate Admissions team is working via a blended model.

All of our systems are online, so we prefer not to receive paper documents, unless that is your only option for supplying independently verifiable official copies. 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 shared official test results via ETS or GMAC, please self report these using the Graduate Applicant Portal. We can then verify your results. 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 send 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. The email is official notification of your offer.

Teaching and Learning in 2022

  • We will deliver lectures, classes, seminars, workshops and all related teaching and learning activities in-person on-campus. This is the default position for all teaching and learning.
  • Lectures will be recorded at the point of delivery and made available for students to access outside of the usual teaching and learning timetable, unless academic staff opt out of this provision
  • In exceptional circumstances, a small number of lectures will only be available pre-recorded and outside of the usual timetable. Where this is the case, academic staff will offer additional timetabled on-campus sessions to allow students to engage with topics and ask questions in person. 
  • In exceptional circumstances because of pedagogic reasons only, a small number of lectures and computer workshops will be delivered online as part of the usual teaching and learning timetable
  • Additional teaching and learning materials will be available online via Moodle, our School’s virtual learning platform. Resources and activities on Moodle will be accessible outside of the teaching timetable and will enhance rather than replace in-person learning.
  • All students will have opportunities to interact with fellow peers and academic faculty outside of the classroom in LSE’s many social spaces, halls of residence, cafés and Students’ Union societies. The Library, support services and all campus buildings will be open for you to use and enjoy, with face-to-face community-building and networking activities taking place across the year.
  • Should the health situation in London change, and in line with UK Government policy, LSE would strive to retain as much as possible of its student education provision on campus. In the case of more stringent public health measures, all teaching provision and any campus-based assessments would also move to a fully online format based on educational and disciplinary informed choices about the most appropriate combination of live and pre-recorded delivery.

Check here for the most up-to-date LSE Coronavirus: community advice and guidance.

Applicants and Offer Holders domiciled in Ukraine

We understand that there may be additional barriers to providing documents or funding studies for those of you domiciled in Ukraine. 

We would like to make you aware of our Access to Education scholarships, for asylum seekers and refugees. Further details can be found here.

If you struggle to obtain documents while completing your application, we can accept screenshots of your grades (from an online portal).

We may also be able to make allowances for those struggling to obtain references or copies of their documentation to meet conditions - please complete the extenuating circumstances form on the Graduate Applicant Portal and we will respond to you as soon as possible.


Offer holders domiciled in Afghanistan

The British Government and British Council are advertising the following details for non-British nationals in need of assistance:



Please also contact the Graduate Admissions Office if we can help in any way.

Degree conditions

We will set our usual degree conditions in the hope that you will not be affected by disruption to final exams. 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.,

If your final results are delayed, you will need to provide us the following details: 

  • All of your marks so far
  • Confirmation of your delayed modules from your previous institution
  • Confirmation of when you will graduate/have all final results

English language conditions

If you are unable to take one of our preferred tests, it may be possible for you to take an alternative test such as Duolingo or IELTS Indicator and supplement your score by taking the LSE Language Centre Assessment. To request this option, you should complete the extenuating circumstances form on the GAP, giving the reasons why you are unable to take one of the tests below. Appointments for the LSE LCA are limited and we cannot accommodate people who simply prefer to take this route.


LSE does not allow deferrals from one academic year to the next unless in exceptional circumstances due to unexpected medical or global events. If you decide that you do not wish to take up your place, you should instead reinstate your application for consideration in the following year. As someone who was previously offered a place it is very likely that you will again be made an offer, but it is fairer to be considered alongside the cohort for entry in the year you actually intend to study. Please note that for technical reasons it is not possible to reinstate your application more than once. If you wish to be considered for a third cycle, you need then to apply from scratch in that year.

Online appointments via Zoom

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.

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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 the extenuating circumstances form on the GAP.  We will offer what practical advice and help we can.