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Current processing times

This page shows the graduate admissions office processing times for incoming applications, emails and documents, as well as change requests submitted via the Graduate Applicant Portal (GAP). It is updated at least once a day during the working week.  

Please bear in mind that around holiday closure dates, and application deadlines, our response and processing times may be slower.

If you submit a change request via the GAP, please bear in mind that it may take some time for us to receive the decision from your programme selector. We will email you with an update as soon as we hear back from them.

 Last updated: 19 June 2024, 09:30

 

We are currently processing applications received on:

 

16 June

We are currently processing supporting documents (including degree, TOEFL/IELTS/GRE/GMAT results, transcripts) received by email and via the GAP on:

(These include documents received by universities and awarding institutions on an applicant's behalf)

 

14 June

We are currently processing references to complete applications received by email on and including:

17 June

We are currently processing enquiries received via the knowledge base on and including:

03 June

We are currently processing the following change request forms received via the GAP on and including the following dates. Please check the portal and look for the 'my actions' page to see the status of your request.

 

Add/amend programme choices

17 June

Change mode of study

19 June

Extenuating circumstances

14 June

We are currently issuing pre-CAS for offer holders who met the CAS eligibility criteria on: 

Please note that if we have asked you to provide additional information that must be processed, your pre-CAS will correspondingly be slightly delayed.

07 June

We are currently issuing CAS to offer holders who received their pre-CAS on:

12 June
Applications: 

We process applications as soon as they become complete (ie submitted and matched with two references), via a process which runs on working days. Once your application has been processed you will receive the final acknowledgement email and be given your unique LSE ID number with instructions on how you can open your LSE for You account to track your application online.

If you do not receive the “LSE Application Processed” email within three to five working days of receiving the “Application Downloaded” email, please inform us by submitting this webform and selecting the “I cannot locate the link to activate my LFY account” option.

When to expect a response:

Applicants to taught master’s programmes should expect to wait up to eight weeks to receive a decision on their first programme choice. Applicants to research programmes (MPhil/PhD) may have to wait longer than this. Please note, this waiting time begins at the point you receive our acknowledgement email confirming that your application is complete and has been sent to the programme selectors for consideration. 

Documents:

If you already have an unconditional offer, we recommend that you send through your documents for us to verify as soon as you can. If you wait until the summer, you will be submitting them at the same time as all those who were awaiting degree results, and this means it will take longer for us to process them. If you have your results now, send them now.

The majority of our conditional offer holders are graduating during the May-August period. It is therefore our peak time to receive and verify final degree transcripts. 

Please note, we can only confirm the receipt of documents as they are processed. We cannot confirm receipt of documents waiting to be processed in the queue. Check the main news page for how to send documents. 

Please only contact Graduate Admissions if your documents were received before our current processing date and you have not had notification from us.

Knowledge base enquiries:

If you have sent an email to us, please allow us time to investiagte your query and respond. Please do not send duplicate emails as this slows down the process for everyone. Our experience shows that the vast majority of queries can be answered immediately by reference to the knowledge base, offer pack or graduate admissions website.

CAS and pre-CAS: 

You do not need to request a pre-CAS. We will issue it automatically once your offer is unconditional and you have submitted your offer reply form and financial undertaking form. It usually takes about a week from when you fulfil all these criteria for us to check your details and issue your pre-CAS, but please refer to the table below for more up-to-date turnaround times. We will issue your CAS once you have confirmed the accuracy of the details contained in your pre-CAS.   

Guidance on UKVI’s current turnaround times can be found here

Please note that we are unable to give specific CAS advice during our Zoom sessions.

Bookable Zoom sessions:

You can book a Zoom query session with the admissions team by following this link. Please ensure you have checked our web pages and our knowledge base for the answer to your query before booking a Zoom session, as we have limited availability.

Graduate Applicant Portal changes:

The Graduate Applicant Portal shows when updates are made on our database to your application. Confirmations of conditional offers are double checked by the senior staff in the Graduate Admissions Office, and although an applicant’s portal account may show an update to the status of their offer, the update can only be considered official once an email has been sent to them from GAO. Please bear in mind that this confirmation won't be immediate, as this is a manual process.

Contacting Graduate Admissions

You can book a Zoom session as outlined above, chat to us on Live Chat (found in the Knowledge base and your GAP), or submit a query to us via the Knowledge base.

Please ensure that our domain name - lse.ac.uk - is added to your safe senders list. Many of our email responses are database driven and may end up being mis-directed into your junk mail folder.

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 (advice available here and here for some common email providers). 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.