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Last updated: 15 December 2023

NEW: Graduate Application for 2024/5
The graduate application for th e new academic cycle is now live. You can find it at this link. If you are applying for an executive or visiting research programme falling into the 2023/24 academic year (starting in November 2023 or early 2024), you can still apply using the new application form linked above.

Graduate Applicant Portal - You can access the portal to see your application status, to send us documents and to request changes to your application. You need to set up a public account on LSE for You, which gives you the right credentials. Follow the instructions on your invitation email to set up your account and access the portal. Don't forget that you need to use the portal to apply for LSE funding and to respond to any offer!

Graduate Financial Support Application - The new Graduate Financial Support Application (which allows you to be considered for both Graduate Support Scheme and other LSE scholarships) will open in mid January.

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.

Applicants and Offer Holders domiciled in Ukraine and other conflict zones

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

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.


English language conditions

In exceptional circumstances 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, or who have had difficulty achieving the required score. 


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 operate a system of bookable online appointments rather than having a direct phone number. This allows us to research the answers to your questions in advance, and means that you don't need to hang on the phone queuing. Please book here. We also have a series of vlogs and recorded webinars 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 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.