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If you are experiencing issues which mean you don’t think you will be able to perform to your best ability in your upcoming exams, you could consider Deferring the assessment. This allows you to take the assessment at a later date at no penalty.

What can you do?

To apply for a deferral you need to complete the Deferral Form and attach supporting evidence of your situation in accordance with LSE's Standards of Evidence(Opens in a new tab) – this could be medical evidence, police statements or birth/death certificates for example. You then need to discuss this with your Academic Mentor and gain approval from your Programme’s Sub-Board of Examiners(Opens in a new tab) who must sign the form. The form and evidence then need to be submitted to the Student Services Centre.

Deferrals can be sought up to the time your exam is scheduled to end on the condition that you have not entered the exam room. Please be aware, the procedure for General Course students is slightly different as you will need approval from both the General Course Dean and your home institution. PhD students should speak to their department directly about these too.

Your assessment will take place in the next suitable opportunity to attempt the assessments, this means the next available exam period for your study level.

You can find more information as well as responses to any frequently asked questions on the LSE website.

Deferral form(Opens in a new tab) LSE Deferrals(Opens in a new tab)


What can we do?

If you have any issues with the process or are unsure how to proceed, our advisers are more than happy to discuss this with you. We can also look over any forms before you submit them.


Where to find us

Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

Contact us

020 7955 7158

Booking appointments

You can book an appointment via email or via the Student Hub website.

su.advice@lse.ac.uk Student Hub


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