Frequently Asked Questions and Contact Information

Below are the most frequently asked questions asked by students to the Timetables team. Please read these carefully, and if your question is not answered please contact the relevant team.

Find: Information on courses 

Where can I find information and advice to help me decide which courses to take?

Having a look at your programme regulations (divided into undergraduate and graduate programmes) is a good place to start, as it will tell you which courses are compulsory for your degree, and for which papers you might be able to choose optional courses.

If you want to find out more about particular courses, have a look at the undergraduate and graduate course guides, which introduce the course content and provide general information about the course, including teaching and assessment.

Your department will provide you with guidance about your course selection. Please make sure you attend any relevant meetings and read information they circulate. If you want further guidance on which courses to take, please get in touch with your academic department and Academic Mentor/Supervisor. 

How do I understand the information on the master timetable?

The timetable can be viewed by course code using the link found on the teaching timetable information page.

You can use the online timetable to view all of the teaching for every course that has term time teaching in the current academic year.

The Timetables viewed by course code, contains a list of departments and their abbreviated forms. In order to view the timetable for a course you will need to know the Course Code e.g. MA100.

AC Department of Accounting   IR Department of International Relations
AN Department of Anthropology   LL Law School
DS   LN Language Centre
DV   Department of International Development  MA Department of Mathematics  
EC  Department of Economics MC Department of Media and Communications 
EH Department of Economic History MG Department of Management
EU European Institute  MY Methodology Institute  
FM Department of Finance   PH Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
GI Gender Institute PB Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science 
GV Government  PP School of Public Policy 
GY Department of Geography and Environment SP Department of Social Policy
HP Department of Health Policy SO Department of Sociology  
HY Department of International History   ST  Department of Statistics 

To view the timetable of a particular course click on the department name at the bottom of the web page followed by the module code on the left hand side (Illustration 4). Here you will be able to view the day, time and week information and also teachers' names for the course you have selected.

The campus map will give you information on where different buildings are located and the abbreviations for each building.

Please note: There are many changes in the first few weeks of Michaelmas Term and students are advised to check the timetable daily for the first three weeks of term.


Check: personal timetable

Where can I find my personal timetable?

Undergraduate: Personal timetables for undergraduate students (except Diploma / Intercollegiate students) will be available on LSE for You (LFY) by the end of September. This depends on students being registered for the current academic year, making their course choices in LFY and there being no clashing courses.

Please see the Timetable clash page for more information on timetable clashes.

To access your personal timetable, log on to LSE for You (LSE username and password required).

On the left hand slide, click 'Student Timetable' as shown here

Postgraduate: In order to view your personal timetable you need to have made your course choices on LSE for You (LFY). For information on making your course choices on LFY including deadlines, please refer to the link on course choice.

To access your personal timetable, log on to LSE for You. (LSE username and password required).

On the left hand slide, click 'Student Timetable' as shown here.

Why can’t I see my personal timetable in LSE for You?

Personal timetables are published by the end of September on LSE For You, and you need to be fully registered and have set up your IT account in order to see your timetable. If your timetable still does not show and you are an undergraduate student, it’s possible this is due to a timetable clash

Why are courses missing from my personal timetable in LSE for You?

Undergraduate: If courses are missing from your timetable, there are four possible reasons for this:

1. The most common reason for this is because there is a clash in your timetable, please see here for further information on timetable clashes.

2.If the missing course is compulsory, please check that you have selected it during course selection – even if only one course is available for any given paper, you will still need to select it.

3. If you have only selected or changed courses recently, please note that it takes about 48 hours for changes to appear on your personal timetable. 

4. If your student timetable tab is missing from LSE for You - then it is most likely that you have not registered for this academic year, you should have received a pre-enrolment / enrolment link, if you have not received a link then you need to contact the SSC (Student Services Centre). If you have pre-enrolment / enrolment and still cannot see your personal timetable, then you still need to contact the SSC to clarify your enrolment status.

Postgraduate: Please contact the home department of the course you are missing. Course allocation is controlled by individual academic departments.

Can I change the class/seminar group I have been allocated to?

Undergraduate: You can request a class group change via LSE For You, but please note that this is at the discretion of the department running the course. You may need to provide evidence justifying the need to change classes, such as evidence of documented part-time work. What reasons for a class change a department will consider valid is at their discretion. If you have any questions about this, please get in touch with them directly. Please also note that any potential class group changes are also subject to availability. For further information, please click here for class/seminar group changes.

Postgraduate:  please get in touch with the department that teaches the course directly. 

Can I take two courses which have clashing teaching?

Undergraduate: In exceptional circumstances, you may be permitted to take clashing courses, this will need to be discussed with your Departmental Tutor. Please note that this can only apply to clashes between lectures, as classes are mandatory.

Postgraduate: please get in touch with your department if you have questions about taking two courses which clash

More Information can be found here on timetable clashes.

Why are my compulsory courses not showing on my timetable?

This is probably because you have not selected your compulsory courses on LSE For You – even if only one course is shown as an option for a paper, you still need to select it to complete your course selection

Can I change courses after the deadline has passed?

You should always finalise your courses by the main deadline. 

In exceptional circumstances, you may be able to make a late change with permission, click here for more information Course Selection deadlines.

Where can I see the timetable, if I have not yet registered?

Until you register at LSE you will not have a username and password, until you have registered please use the following link to access info on lectures and seminars. Class information is not available using this link.

Lecture & Seminar Timetable Available from mid-August each year

Please note: Your email address is not your LSE username.

How will changes to my personal timetable be notified?

  • Changes will be updated immediately on students' personal timetables in LSE for You.
  • However the online timetable will be refreshed overnight and will not show last minute modifications.
  • Students will be sent an email notification.

Can I export my personal timetable to a calendar ? 

You can sync your timetable with your personal calendar via the LSE Student Hub app from October 2021, available to download from the App Store and Google Play store.

Go to the calendar feature in-app on your mobile, select the three-dots menu and follow the instructions on how to sync your calendar.

Still having trouble?

Use the in-app feedback option (you can find it in the menu) to get in touch with us. 

What are the academic terms and dates

Michaelmas Term (MT) - First term (September to December)

Lent Term (LT) - Second term (January to March)

Summer Term (ST) - Third term (April to June)

For more information on term dates and week numbers for 2022/23.

What are the different types of teaching?

For full details of the structure of each course please see the online Course Guide in the School's Calendar.

    • Lecture – Students should attend all lectures for each course. For 2021/22 Academic year, all lectures will be delivered online (more information on how to access this content will be in Moodle)
    • Seminar – Seminars are a compulsory part of the teaching and learning experience and seminar attendance will be recorded for each session. The maximum seminar size is around 15 students. You only need to attend the meetings for the seminar group you are assigned to.
    • Class – Classes are a compulsory part of the teaching and learning experience and class attendance will be recorded for each session. The maximum class size is around 15 students. You only need to attend the meetings for the class group you are assigned to.
    • Workshop – These are similar to classes and seminars and are usually computer help sessions.

Which teaching rooms on campus have a name as well as a room number?

Most LSE rooms are known by their number, with the first three characters denoting what building they are in and the following character(s) denoting the floor of that building that they are on. For example CLM 2.02 is in 'CLM' building (Clement House) on the second floor, in room 02.

There are a few exceptions to this (rooms with names rather than numbers) that sometimes confuse people:

Old Building:

OT - Old Theatre

VAR - Vera Anstey Room

Clement House:

CLM. G.02 - Hong Kong Theatre 

New Academic Building:

NABLG.01 - Wolfson Theatre 

NABLG.03 - Thai Theatre 

NABLG.08 - Sheikh Zayed Theatre 

NABLG.09 - Alumni Theatre 

Peacock Theatre:

PT - Peacock Theatre

Centre Buildings:

CBG.1.01 - Sumeet Valrani Lecture Theatre

CBG.2.01 - Yangtze Lecture Theatre

CBG.B1.02 - Auditorium

CBG.G.01 - LSE Lecture Theatre

Need some help?

When should I contact the Course Selection Team?

Contact the Course Selection Team if you are:

  • experiencing any problems with your course selection on LSE For You which aren’t answered by the FAQs above
  • have questions about undergraduate late course change
  • are returning from interruption.

We run daily Course Selection drop-in sessions to answer your course selection questions. During the busy start of term, this will usually be the quickest way to get any queries answered.

More information can be found here regarding Course Selection.

Alternatively, you can get in touch with us by submitting an enquiry.

When should I contact the Timetables Team?

Contact the Timetables Team if you are experiencing any problems with your personal timetable which isn’t answered by the FAQs above.

Alternatively, you can get in touch with us by submitting an enquiry.