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Last updated: 12 May 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.

LSE teaching and learning, 2021-22

LSE is committed to offering you the best possible teaching and learning experience within the constraints of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Our expectation for the 2021-22 academic year is that all LSE students will be in London and studying on campus, where we will provide flexible teaching and learning which blends both in-person and online elements. This flexible approach has been informed by our student and academic community and builds upon the innovations and improvements we have put in place over the past year. 

We aim to run in-person teaching for the vast majority of seminars and classes, alongside face-to-face community-building and networking activities. You will also have opportunities to interact with fellow students 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. 

Larger group teaching, such as lectures, will be largely delivered online, either synchronously or asynchronously. Some other aspects of your programme may also be online but, when this happens, we will always prioritise opportunities for interactive engagement between students. Department and programme teams will develop the balance of their teaching, learning and assessment to enable you to learn effectively and benefit from your programmes of study. It may be possible to deliver more lectures in-person in the Lent Term.  

Students are expected to arrive in London from the start of their programme for in-person teaching. However, some students may, exceptionally, not be able to arrive in London at the start of their studies due to coronavirus travel restrictions. If this were to affect you, we will support you by offering flexible arrangements at the beginning of Michaelmas Term. However, students should aim to arrive in London as soon as possible to join their programmes for in-person teaching.  

We expect the government to share more guidance about social distancing and COVID safety measures in the coming weeks as we follow the UK’s roadmap out of lockdown. Our priority remains the health and wellbeing of our community and our flexible approach to teaching and learning means that we will be able to flex and adapt our campus to the evolving COVID situation. We will provide further updates to our approach to teaching and learning as government advice is issued. 

More information about LSE’s flexible approach to teaching and learning and how we are keeping our community safe can be found on our website.  

19 April 2021

English language conditions 2021 entry

We are aware that test centres are closed in a number of countries, including India. We are working on arrangements for an appropriate alternative and will send out updates as soon as they are finalised. Please do not submit a condition waiver form individually, but trust that we will provide a solution for everyone.

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.

We are aware that some universities (eg University of Delhi) may be making arrangements to delay exams and, in some cases, teaching. If you are affected by this and will not receive your final results in time to attend LSE, please submit a condition waiver request form, including the web page where your institution announces the disruption and the potential outcomes. That will allow us to gauge the scale of the problem and to work on a solution.


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.