This section is designed to give brief information to MSc students from the Department of Media and Communications who have failed a course, deferred a course, or have not been awarded their degree, and should be read in conjunction with the Department's MSc Handbook and Dissertation Guide (see above) and the webpages on Re-entry.
Please also read the Scheme for the Award of a Taught Masters Degree.
All results are provisional until the publication of final and confirmed results in November of each year, therefore we are not able to give advice on possible or likely outcomes before the Exam Board has confirmed those results.
We will communicate with you only via your LSE email address. You must ensure that you can access your LSE IT account so that you can use Moodle for coursework submission, and access your final results on LFY. If you need to recover your IT account, please contact Tech Support.
Fail with Resits
Please note that failing only a half unit course does not necessarily mean that a degree will not be awarded in the current year.
Students on the MSc Global Media & Communications (USC): if you do not successfully complete four units at LSE, you may be required to compensate for the failed course(s) by registering for additional courses at USC.
If you have not been successful in obtaining your degree, you will be entitled to resit any failed courses on one occasion only.
The School has an appeals procedure for students who wish to appeal their overall classification. Full information on this procedure is available on the Appeals webpage.
Resitting or Deferring Assessments
General (LSE) information
For full details of the re-entry/resitting process, please see web pages on Re-Entry.
Specific information for resitting and deferring MC courses:
Courses assessed by un/seen examination
If the syllabus of a particular course has changed, a special resit examination paper, based on the syllabus you studied, will be set. Resit examinations take place each year alongside examinations for current students.
Courses assessed by coursework
Students resubmitting coursework for examination in 2021 should do so by the last day of Lent Term, Thursday 1 April 2021 (12noon UK time).
Students should either rewrite the failed piece of work or select another summative essay title from the list of summative coursework questions for courses taught in your year of study.
Coursework must be submitted online via Moodle before the deadline. Essay coversheets are available on Moodle. Instructions on how to format essays and how to name the file are in the MSc Handbook. Students must use their candidate number for the current academic year, which can be found on LSE for You.
Students resubmitting dissertations should do so by Thursday 19 August 2021 (12noon UK time), using the same submission procedure as for coursework (above). Students must use their candidate number for the current academic year, which can be found on LSE for You.
Students resitting or deferring only the MC499 Dissertation are entitled to resubmit by the earlier date of the last day of Lent Term. If successful, the degree may be awarded in July rather than December.
Note that Dissertations must be submitted to Moodle only.
No formal supervision is available to resit or deferred students but students' former dissertation supervisors will send you brief feedback. In addition, students may contact Dissertation Officers for advice and guidance. Their details will be posted on Moodle towards the end of the LSE Summer Term. Students may resubmit their existing dissertation with revisions, or may change the topic and submit a new dissertation. Please note, given that supervision is not available to resit or deferral students, most students choose to submit a variation of their original dissertation.
Resitting assessments for courses taken outside the Department
For guidance on submitting work for deferred/resit assessment outside the Department of Media and Communications, please contact the appropriate academic department.