Understanding Results

Information about the regulations, classification and progression


Provisional Results for January Exams

January exam results are provisional and therefore subject to change. In most cases, you will only receive a mark for the exam - not the whole the course - as the exam may only be a component of the overall mark for a course.

Unfortunately it is not possible for staff to enter into correspondence about these marks. You cannot challenge, appeal or request an administrative mark check against provisional marks; you need to wait for final results to be published.

Final results will be confirmed by the exam boards and published in LSE for You on either Thursday 16 July or Monday 16 November depending on your programme. Take a look at lse.ac.uk/results for further information.

Final Classification


BA/BSc students are awarded First Class Honours (1st), an Upper Second Class Honours (2A), a Lower Second Class Honours (2B), a Third Class Honours (3rd) or a Pass degree depending on their individual course results. 

The classification is based on eighteen classification marks:

- The marks achieved in all eight second and third year papers, with full-unit marks counted twice and half-unit marks counted once to make a total of sixteen classification marks.

- The seventeenth and eighteenth classification marks will use the First Year Average full unit mark counted twice.

Your 'year one average' is calculated by adding together and averaging the best six out of eight marks in first year papers. All first-year full unit marks will be counted twice, and any half unit marks counted once to make a total of eight first year marks.


The LLB classification is based on the eight marks achieved in all second and third year papers. You will also have an aggregate mark which is the sum of all eight 'classification marks'. The full classification scheme is available in the Calendar.


Diploma students normally take courses to the equivalent of four full units as part of their degree.  The marks in all four units are used in the calculation of your classification.  

The full classification scheme is available in the Calendar.

Taught Masters

Masters students are awarded a Pass with Distinction,  Pass with Merit, or a Pass degree depending on their individual course results.  Normally Masters students take courses to the equivalent of four full units as part of their degree and the marks in all four units are used in the calculation of your classification. 

Details of the various classification schemes are available in the Calendar.

In addition to the School's MSc classification rules, individual Sub-Boards of Examiners can establish 'local rules' for students whose results profiles fall into the discretionary classification profiles at 5.3.2 and 5.3.4 of the Scheme.  A list of all of the local rules is available in the School Calendar

Eligibility for Award (treatment of failed papers at the point of classification)


Undergraduates are eligible for the award of a degree if they have no more than three unredeemed fails across all 12 papers.  

Penalty rules apply if you have failed more than one unit.

Taught Masters

Taught Master students are eligible for the award of a degree if they have failed (but not Bad Failed) a course of 0.5 unit value.

If you have failed (but not Bad Failed) in a course(s) to the value of 1.0 unit, you will be required to resit unless the fail can be compensated either by a mark of at least 60% in: a) one full unit course; or b) each of two half unit courses; or by a compensation aggregate mark of 165 in the non-failed courses.

If compensated by either of the above options, then a fail will automatically result in a drop in the overall award classification given to you (e.g. if you would otherwise have been eligible for a Merit, then your overall classification would drop to a Pass degree.)

Some degree programmes have courses which are deemed to be critical to assessment. A fail in these courses cannot be compensated and no award will be made until they have been passed. To find out if your degree programme has courses that are critical to assessment, please see your department's local rules.

Re-taking Courses

Under the School regulations, you not allowed to be re-examined in any course which you have already passed. You are also not allowed to re-sit failed courses if you have been awarded your degree,

The only exemption to this regulation is for LLB students who shall normally resit all papers taken in that year if they fail two or more units, or receive a Bad Fail mark in one or more papers.

For more information visit re-entry.

Fail and Progression Rules for first year BA/BSc undergraduate students

Please check back in due course.

Fail and Progression Rules for second year BA/BSc undergraduate students

Please check back in due course.

The General Course

If you are a General Course student no numerical marks will published online, only exam and class grades.

Your home university will determine the subsequent accreditation of the academic work completed at LSE. 

You will receive an email about one week after results have been published showing your numerical marks. This is for your information only and does not constitute a transcript. 

Students with queries should contact the study abroad advisor at their home university.

Academic Support

If you would like to discuss your results, you should talk to your Academic Adviser or Supervisor who may be able to offer you some guidance on how you performed in your examinations or assessed work.  

There is a range of other support around LSE that you may also want to contact for support with your results.


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