Covid-19 FAQs

Advice for doctoral candidates

My research plans are being disrupted by the pandemic, what shall I do?

The School has put in a place a scheme to offer financial support to those students whose research plans have been significantly disrupted by the pandemic.

The way the scheme will work depends on a number of different factors, which are explained in detail here.  

Can I get permission to reside outside the UK? (MPhil/PhD students only)

If you have returned home or have relocated elsewhere, or if you are currently abroad and cannot return to the UK, you will be granted permission to reside outside the UK for up to six months.

Please submit make your request by email to the PhD Academy, and inform the PhD Academy if you decide to return before the end of the six-month period.

I’m due for upgrade or annual review, what will happen?

 All upgrades and annual reviews scheduled over the next couple of months will be carried out remotely in line with LSE’s decision to deliver all UG and PTG examinations online. You will receive information about local arrangements from your Department.

If your ability to work towards specific deadlines has been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, you should let your supervisors and DPD know so that an extension to your assessment can be arranged.   

What’s the guidance for Tier 4 visa holders?

 You can find the most up to date guidance regarding Tier 4 visa here

Michaelmas Term 2020/21 Stipend Payments

Those eligible for a Michaelmas Term Stipend will be contacted  by the Financial Support Office before the start of term with details of how the payment will be made.

If you have any questions about this please contact the LSE's Financial Support Office on They are currently working remotely, please bear with them as responses may take slightly longer

Will I still need to submit a hard copy of my thesis? (PhD students only)

For the duration of this academic session-up to and including the main submission date of 30 September 2020-  you only need to submit your thesis electronically.

You can assume a grace period of two weeks from your deadline.You don't need to apply for an extension - just send an email to the PhD Academy for information. 

Will my viva examination still go ahead? (PhD students only)

If your viva is scheduled in the next couple of months, it will be carried out remotely, via Zoom (a video conferencing tool) or other similar platforms. This will be arranged by your department.

Departments have been asked to ensure that all parties have been consulted, have approved the online arrangement, and that they have adequate technical facilities. They have also been asked to ensure that support is available to you during the viva, in case you encounter any issues (e.g., your supervisor/s or DPD should be reachable during and after the viva). 

How can I contact the PhD Academy Team? 

The PhD Academy office has moved from face-to-face meetings to full online support. In order to ensure the quickest possible response, please use the service desk.

If you would like to speak to a member of the team, please state this in your enquiry and provide your contact details (e.g. Skype address, phone number, etc.) so that we can call you back.