You should note that it is your responsibility to supply two references. Your application will not be considered until you have done so.
Requirements for 2020/21 entry.
You should arrange to supply two academic references (from tutors who have taught you at university) as part of the online process. This is a secure and confidential service for referees and helps speed up the decision-making process.
If you are offered a place at LSE your referee may be asked to supply an original reference on headed university notepaper, and you will be informed in your offer letter if this is the case.
Please note, submitting references via the online application system is quicker and easier for everyone, however if your referee experiences technical difficulties with the online system they may submit their reference by post or e-mail as listed below.
By email: References can be sent to email@example.com
They should be sent from your referee's academic email account. If they are sent from a free email account, we will ask for a hard copy as described above.
By post: A template for references is available via the following page of our website. We shall upload the reference to your application on your behalf.
References must be signed documents on headed university/institution notepaper (not the supplementary form), and should be typed in English. We discourage the submission of handwritten and photocopied references. If your application is successful, we must receive original or certified signed documents prior to registration. We will accept a translation, but only if it has an official stamp from your university or a translation service and if the original document is also supplied. We will not accept an unofficial translation. These can be sent to:
The London School of Economics and Political Science
PO Box 13420
Types of References
Application for Law programmes should ask at least one referee to indicate their overall ranking in class either for the final year or, preferably, for the whole degree. If an exact ranking is not possible the referee should be asked to give an approximation, for example, 'top ten per cent'.
Applicants for Executive programmes should note that all Executive programmes are willing to consider one academic and one professional reference. Additionally, the Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy (L2UJ) and Executive Global MSc Management (N2U9) and all Executive MSc programmes in the Health Policy Department, including the double degree with Chicago, are willing to consider two professional references.
We have a separate set of guidelines for professional referees which can be found on this page.
Please be aware that when you submit your online application, we will consider it as complete when we have received two references. You don't need to (and should not) send more than two references. We will not accept additional references unless the selectors request them during the decision-making process.
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