1. What are the minimum entry requirements?
There are three academic entry requirements:
- a UK master's degree with a high merit of 68 (out of 100) or a non-UK equivalent in a subject appropriate to the research to be undertaken.
- a UK master's dissertation with a distinction (70 out or 100) or a non-UK equivalent.
- a UK undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject with upper second class honours or non-UK equivalent.
Our information for students by country/region gives details of our minimum entry requirements for qualifications offered in a number of countries.
There is no GRE/GMAT requirement for these programmes.
2. What are the English language requirements?
If your first language is not English and if your previous degree has not been taught entirely in English, you will be required to provide evidence of your English language ability. Please see the 'Research Programmes' section of the English language requirements webpage for details.
3. Is there a deadline for applications?
Application deadlines will be announced once the application system opens in October each year but if you wish to be considered for an LSE scholarship, you must apply by the January scholarship deadline. The final application deadline is normally in April, although late applicants may find that the appropriate supervisor has no places available for entry in the forthcoming academic year.
4. Must my application be accompanied by a research proposal?
Applications will only be considered if accompanied by a research proposal of no more than 2,500 words. Please see the Research Proposal Guidelines above for instructions on how to structure this.
Students are not, of course, tied to their initial research proposal and indeed many will change the emphasis of their research during the first year of study. However, we ask to see a proposal from all applicants in order to determine whether any of our faculty members would be a suitable supervisor and as evidence that the applicant has a good understanding of what is involved in doctoral research.
5. Whom should I contact about financial support?
Please see the Financial Support Office for all information about funding your studies, including LSE PhD Studentships.
6. Who can I contact if my question is not answered here?
A wealth of information on every aspect of the LSE application process and requirements is available on the Graduate Admissions webpages.
More detailed information on life as a doctoral researcher in the Department is available in the most recent MPhil/PhD Handbook, although please note that the information in this document is subject to change each academic year.
For any further information, please contact Media.Research@lse.ac.uk.