Degree Certificates

Your degree certificate shows your full name, level, programme and classification. Degree certificates are sometimes know as Diplomas.

Your degree certificate shows your full name, level, programme of study, and class of degree or other award obtained. Degree certificates are sometimes know as Diplomas.  

Your degree certificate will be ready for collection during the graduation ceremonies. It will not be given to you during the ceremony itself, you need to collect it seperately. 

You can either collect your certificate during the ceremonies or just afterwards. If you don't collect your certificate then we will securely post it to you. 

For more infomration on how to get your certificate and what to do if you lose it please read the sections below. 

Where can I collect my certificate?

During the ceremonies

You can collect your degree certificate from the Vera Anstey Room, which is accessible via the Old Building Main Entrance foyer (up the stairs next to the lift).

After the ceremonies

After the ceremonies, you can collect it from the Student Services Centre during our opening hours. We hold certificates for around four weeks after each set of ceremonies. After this they are posted (see below).

When can I collect my certficate?

You can collect your certifciate from LSE during the graduation ceremonies and in the following four weeks. Collection times vary:

During the ceremonies (Vera Anstey Room)

  • Wednesday 11 July - 11:00am to 7:00pm
  • Thursday 12 July - 9:30am to 7:00pm
  • Friday 13 July - 9:30am to 7:00pm

After the ceremonies (Student Services Centre)

After the ceremonies, you can collect it from the Student Services Centre during our normal opening hours. We hold certificates for around four weeks after each set of ceremonies. After this they are posted (see below).


What do I need to bring with me to collect my certificate?

When you collect your certificate you will need to show us your LSE card. If you have lost your card please instead bring a national ID card, driving license or passport.

You will also need to tell us the full title of your degree programme. Many degree programmes have similar names, e.g. MSc in International Relations Theory and MSc in International Relations, so please ensure you know your programme title before collecting your certficiate!

Can somebody else collect my certificate for me?

You can arrange for a third party to collect your certificate from the Student Services Centre once the ceremonies have finished. It is not possible for third parties to collect certificates during the ceremonies. 

If you would like somebody else to collect your certificate you must email with your name, student number and the name of the person collecting your certificiate. 

Whoever is collecting the certificate will need to show their own ID when collecting the certificate. You must not give them your LSE Card.

Do I need to take my certificate to my graduation ceremony?

No, you do not need your certificate for the ceremony and cannot take it on stage with you.

If possible, we recomend that you collect your certificate after the ceremony to avoid it getting lost of damaged. 

Can I get my certificate framed?

Tempest Photography offers a degree certificate framing service during the graduation ceremonies. They also offer an LSE degree certificate folder for those who are travelling abroad.

Please see the web page for the Ceremony Photographer for location and opening times.  

Can you post my certificate to me?

Certificates not collected during the ceremonies or from the Student Services Centre, will be despatched to the permanent home address listed in LSE for You by Special Delivery (UK addresses) or DHL (overseas addresses). Delivery times will vary depending on your location.

Please ensure that your home address is updated on LSE for You.


I never received, lost or have damaged my certificate

Never recieved

If you do not receive your degree certificate within three months of your Graduation Ceremonies please first check the your address on LSE for You - this is where we will have sent the address to. If the address is correct please email with your name and student number and we will investigate this for you.

Please do not contact us earlier than this because it is likely that your certificate will still be in transit and we cannot search the delivery system properly. If you urgently need a document confirming your degree please request a confirmation of award.

Replacement Certificates

In exceptional circumstances you can make an application for a replacement degree certificate if your first copy has been lost or damaged. 

A statutory declaration must be completed  replacement degree certificate requests. A magistrate, commissioner for oats or practising solictor will be able to sign this declaration. If you live overseas the declaration can be witnessed and signed by the British Embassy or Consulate. If you have any questions about obtaining a statutor declaration please contact the Notaries Society.

If you were awarded in 2008 or later you should complete the Replacement Degree Certificate Request Form (which includes the declaration). Be sure to follow the instructions on the form carefully. 

If you were awarded before 2008 you certificate will have been issued by the University of London. To make an application for a replacement UoL degree certificate, please contact


Can LSE provide me with a verified copy of my certificate?

To avoid fraud LSE does not issue copies of degree certificates. Instead you should request a transcript or confirmation of award letter.

If you need your award verifying please use the Higher Education Degree Data Check service.

If you need your physical certificate notarised, legalised or seen by an apostille you should contact either a solicitor, notary, apostille or your embassy as appropiate. LSE is not allowed to provide these services. 


PhD Students

Research students should contact the PhD Academy to make arrangements to collect their certificates. 

MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Finance

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine produce certificates for MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Finance so they cannot be collected from LSE.

Students who started before 2007/8

If you started your programme before the 2007/8 academic year you will have been issued with a degree certificate by the University of London.

For queries regarding University of London degree certificates, please contact


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