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Offer Holders

A very warm welcome to all our new and returning students registering in 2021. Below you will find useful information, advice and guidance on starting your degree programme.

A very warm welcome to all our offer holders in the Department of Media and Communications starting in 2021

 

I've got my offer - what shall I do next?

  1. Graduate Offer Pack
     This is essential reading for all offer holders, and contains information on every step of the admissions process, including visas, financial support, accommodation and pre-arrival advice.
  2. Registration
    You will need to register (or re-register) for your degree, and you can do so by following the instructions at the above link from 23 August onwards.
  3. LSE Welcome
    LSE Welcome is a School-wide programme of orientation activities and events that will help you get ready to study at LSE, check out the link above to access the LSE Welcome Microsite.
  4. Departmental Welcome
    The Department of Media and Communications will also run Welcome events and activities, which will be published on our website in early September.

LSE's plans for the next academic year

To answer questions about how LSE will arrange its teaching and learning next academic year, please see the information for graduate offer holders page. This includes information on:

  • How LSE will respond to COVID-19 safely.
  • How you can register for your degree programme online. 
  • How you can study online at the beginning of the first term (known as 'Michaelmas Term') if you are unable to reach London in time for the start of teaching.

What the MSc year will look like

The LSE academic year is separated into three terms: Michaelmas Term (MT) in autumn/winter, Lent Term (LT) in winter/spring, and Summer Term (ST) in spring/summer.

You can find term dates online.

  • Michaelmas Term (MT) consists of 11 weeks. During MT you will receive teaching and submit formative (non-assessed) assignments to your seminar leaders. Some courses also have summative (assessed) assignments during term, such as in-class presentations, so you will be completing these too. Towards the end of term,  if you are a full-time student, or in your second year of part-time study, you will submit a dissertation topic outline so that we can allocate you to a dissertation supervisor to work with in LT and ST. Note that there is a Reading Week in Week 6, when no teaching or office hours take place, and you will have a chance to catch up on course readings, and read ahead for future teaching. It is important to remember that Reading Week is not a vacation, and you are expected to concentrate on your studies during this time.
  • During the Winter Break, you will be writing summative (assessed) assignments for courses with submission deadlines at the beginning of LT. There is also a January Exam Period, which takes place in the week prior to LT, so you will need to prepare for exams if you have any. Note that the exam for MC4M1 takes place in the January Exam Period.
  • Lent Term (LT) also consists of 11 weeks. During LT you will receive teaching and submit formative (non-assessed) assignments to your seminar leaders. Some courses also have summative (assessed) assignments during term, such as in-class presentations, so you will be completing these too. You will also begin working on your dissertation with your supervisor during LT, and you will receive further information, advice and guidance on writing the dissertation, including a series of helpful milestones to help you keep on track. There is another Reading Week in Week 6, when no teaching or office hours take place, and you will have a chance to catch up on course readings, and read ahead for future teaching. It is important to remember that Reading Week is not a vacation, and you are expected to concentrate on your studies during this time.
  • During the Easter Break, you will be writing summative (assessed) assignments for courses with submission deadlines at the beginning of ST. There is also a Summer Exam Period, which takes place from ST Week 2 onwards, so you will need to prepare for exams if you have any.
  • Summer Term (ST) consists of 7 weeks, and there is no Reading Week in ST. There will be no teaching during ST, except some revision sessions for exams which take place during the Summer Exam Period (Week 2 onwards). During ST, full-time and 2nd year part-time students will mostly be focusing on planning and writing their dissertation and meeting with their supervisor.
  • During the Summer Break, full-time and 2nd year part-time students will write their dissertation for submission in mid-August (the deadline is around two months after the last day of ST). Dissertation supervisors will be available for the first two weeks of the summer break, and you can also book to see our dissertation officers, who will be available throughout the summer break - these are doctoral researchers in the Department with a wealth of knowledge and experience on research and academic writing.
  • Note: If you are 12-month full-time MSc student, the summer break period will still be considered term-time and visa-holders should bear this in mind, as it can have implications for you if you plan to engage in paid or unpaid work while you are a student. See the ISVAT website for details. Students are not required to remain in London during this period, but you must always be contactable via your LSE email during your time as a student.

Course selection and videos

Check out our Course selection and videos webpage to browse courses and find the right ones for you. Note that you will need an LSE IT account in order to watch the videos.

Recommended reading

If you are keen to start reading around the topics you will be studying during your time with us, you can find some introductory readings below. 

  • Programme reading - There are preliminary readings listed on the prospectus page for each degree programme, so find your programme and check out the 'preliminary reading' section.
  • Course reading - Our course guides also give an indicative reading list for each individual course, so find the courses you are interested in and check out the 'recommended reading' section.

Please note that there is no expectation or requirement to complete any of these readings before you begin your studies.

Teaching timetables

LSE Teaching Timetables will be available on the Student Teaching Timetable webpage. 

Students can view their personal timetables on LSE for You after registering. These are usually available from Welcome onwards. The specific date will be available on the above webpage nearer the time. 

Visit LSE Term Dates for term dates, public holidays and School closure dates

Who can I speak to if I have questions?

The Department's professional services team is available throughout the year to help guide and support you, and to answer any questions you may have before your programme begins.

  • Email: You can write to Media.MSc@lse.ac.uk (for MScs) or Media.Research@lse.ac.uk (for PhDs) with any queries you have.
  • Offer Holder Information Sessions: You can attend monthly offer holder webinars. Offer holders have been sent the Zoom link, but if you cannot find it, please email to ask for it.
  • Programme Webinars: Programme Directors held a programme-specific offer holder webinar during June. Offer holders received information about these sessions via email, but dont' worry if you missed your session - just email us at the above email addresses and we can respond to any queries you have.

Social media for offer holders

Before you arrive, make sure you follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook and Instagram.

In addition to this, you can join our private Department Offer Holders 2021/22 Facebook group to meet other offer holders before you arrive: 

You can also stay up-to-date with the Department's research blogs: Media@LSEPolis and Parenting for a Digital Future.

Useful information

Accommodation

Visit the LSE Accommodation webpages for information, advice and guidance on LSE's halls of residence.

Careers

LSE Careers will provide a range of careers and professional development services and events online and through one-to-one appointments, coordinated by our Departmental Careers Consultant, Shayna Main.

Fees and financial support

See below for information about tuition fees, including instalment options, and the Financial Support Office, which is responsible for administering School funds and a variety of scholarships, studentships, prizes and awards.

Non-academic events and activities

The LSE experience would not be complete without a host of extra curricular events and activities for students to engage with.

There are various activities and initiatives students can benefit from, including LSE Events, the LSE Volunteer Centre, LSE Generate, LSE LIFE and the LSE Faith Centre. These will be fully operational during 2021/22 and will be available for students throughout their studies at LSE (and beyond).

In addition, the LSE Students’ Union (LSESU) and its numerous societies will continue to run activities and events throughout the year, both online and in person.

Visas and immigration

Students who require a visa should refer as soon as possible to the guidance from ISVAT (LSE's International Student Visa Advice Team).

To get advice please complete the ISVAT Query Form. This makes sure that the team have all the information needed to be able to advise you correctly. 

Offer holders can also contact ISVAT via Live Chat for quick questions. Live chat hours can be found on ISVAT's FAQ web page.