Is it possible to do a course change when accepted into LSE?

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I have applied to LSE and think I have a good chance of getting in... However, I'm starting to have second thoughts about my course (Environmental Policy) and I was wondering whether it is possible to change my course after I get accepted. :confused:
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its diffiult.

plus why did you choose that course? at 3 other unis you applied to geography and economics which LSE offer, as well as geography with economics if you want less econ.
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I did it after I was 3 weeks in. Check the admission statistics; normally they're fine with it, as long as you pass a few verbal interviews and can convince the departmental tutors that you're up for the course. But they're hesitant to let people switch from courses that are comparatively easy to get into, to courses that are extremely popular. I changed from Government and Economics, which is roughly on par with IR/IR&History, so there was no problem, but otherwise the head of the department that you're transferring into may refuse - though usually they allow it. If the degree you want to change into is in the same department as your original degree, you don't have to worry that much - this is pretty easy to arrange.
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its diffiult.

plus why did you choose that course? at 3 other unis you applied to geography and economics which LSE offer, as well as geography with economics if you want less econ.
I didn't apply there because I'm actually missing Maths Higher Level (equivalent to A Level Maths) which is a requirement of any course with economics. I do take Maths SL (equivalent of AS Maths) but I am prepared to take a supplementary maths course to get my maths to that level

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I did it after I was 3 weeks in. Check the admission statistics; normally they're fine with it, as long as you pass a few verbal interviews and can convince the departmental tutors that you're up for the course. But they're hesitant to let people switch from courses that are comparatively easy to get into, to courses that are extremely popular. I changed from Government and Economics, which is roughly on par with IR/IR&History, so there was no problem, but otherwise the head of the department that you're transferring into may refuse - though usually they allow it. If the degree you want to change into is in the same department as your original degree, you don't have to worry that much - this is pretty easy to arrange.
where in the admission statistics can you see course changes? And yes. I want to change to Geography and Economics which is roughly in the same department.
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I didn't apply there because I'm actually missing Maths Higher Level (equivalent to A Level Maths) which is a requirement of any course with economics. I do take Maths SL (equivalent of AS Maths) but I am prepared to take a supplementary maths course to get my maths to that level
i see, i am surprised they ask for HL even for geography and economics. its a bit unfair, although i was told unoffocially that they would love to ask for further maths, too, but arent allowed to since not all schools offer it.

and you got your comparisons wrong. maths SL is closer to A level maths, HL to further maths. (i did HL myself)
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(Original post by lindieeluieee)
And yes. I want to change to Geography and Economics which is roughly in the same department.
If you don't meet the initial entry requirements for a course (especially in terms of maths) its pretty unlikely that they would let you switch into it after arrival.
I know someone who went from geog to geog with econ in the first week with no trouble whatsoever but she said that they made sure she had taken A-level maths and got at least a B in it.
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(Original post by lindieeluieee)
where in the admission statistics can you see course changes? And yes. I want to change to Geography and Economics which is roughly in the same department.
You can't, I mean the average entry statistics for normal entry.

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If you don't meet the initial entry requirements for a course (especially in terms of maths) its pretty unlikely that they would let you switch into it after arrival.
I know someone who went from geog to geog with econ in the first week with no trouble whatsoever but she said that they made sure she had taken A-level maths and got at least a B in it.
This is also very true. If you've got the grades in the subjects you need (pretty much a safe bet it'll be the entry requirements with top marks), because it's intradepartmental it is probably possible.

But remember what they say in big, bold letters on the IR department website: (paraphrased) "If you're coming here solely on the notion that you can transfer, don't. What if (like in many cases) we won't allow it? You'd be screwed. So make sure you're also happy with your first course." If so, go ahead and make LSE your firm. But if you're not sure, you'd be getting yourself in trouble.
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i see, i am surprised they ask for HL even for geography and economics. its a bit unfair, although i was told unoffocially that they would love to ask for further maths, too, but arent allowed to since not all schools offer it.

and you got your comparisons wrong. maths SL is closer to A level maths, HL to further maths. (i did HL myself)
Indeed? So why can't they can't they lower the expectations a bit? I didn't do Maths HL because I couldn't stand the amount of work on top of IB and also because we need to do the hardest calculus option :eek3:. Further Maths is insanely hard though, our school offers it and the best mathematicians in our grade fail (although one guy - now in cambridge - did get a 7 for maths higher). Maybe I should complain to the Board of Education :P
But mehh, that's quite unfair. Would they accept it if I did a supplementary course which could confirm my suitability for a course which requires Math HL? I am more than willing to do that between the end of school and the start of the semester.

Maybe I shouldn't contemplate this... I haven't even gotten an offer yet :woo:
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(Original post by nugax)
You can't, I mean the average entry statistics for normal entry.


This is also very true. If you've got the grades, because it's intradepartmental it is probably possible.

But remember what they say in big, bold letters on the IR department website: (paraphrased) "If you're coming here solely on the notion that you can transfer, you're an idiot. What if (like in many cases) we won't allow it? You'd be screwed. So make sure you're also happy with your first course."
Cool, this might be an often occurrence then. But no, I actually quite like my course. It's something I would like to the future but I just think that Geography and Economics might give me a greater exposure. Or maybe I'd just transfer to Geography if I have the opportunity. One of the disadvantages of the british higher education is that it leaves you with so little choices to make
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Btw. I'd like to see that... where does it say that?
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(Original post by lindieeluieee)
Indeed? So why can't they can't they lower the expectations a bit? I didn't do Maths HL because I couldn't stand the amount of work on top of IB and also because we need to do the hardest calculus option :eek3:. Further Maths is insanely hard though, our school offers it and the best mathematicians in our grade fail (although one guy - now in cambridge - did get a 7 for maths higher). Maybe I should complain to the Board of Education :P
But mehh, that's quite unfair. Would they accept it if I did a supplementary course which could confirm my suitability for a course which requires Math HL? I am more than willing to do that between the end of school and the start of the semester.

Maybe I shouldn't contemplate this... I haven't even gotten an offer yet :woo:
i got a 7 too and I am telling you I find uni maths hard. and im not even on a straight maths (im doing econometrics and mathematical economics). that is why LSE ask for HL maths with grade 7. if they dont then the students will be less capable. fact. the only reason they dont do that with FM is because of equal opportunities (as i said not all schools offer it).

you mean series and differential equations? there are different grade boundaries at HL depending on what option you chose, so its not really the hardest option. plus its only 20% of overall grade. plus doing that will mean you will ace any calculus question in paper 1 and 2.

and i dont know. i mean once you have the offer just email them. tell them when you started year 12 you did not know maths Hl was condition for economics related courses, and it was too late to change but ud be willing to show your capability over summer.
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i got a 7 too and I am telling you I find uni maths hard. and im not even on a straight maths (im doing econometrics and mathematical economics). that is why LSE ask for HL maths with grade 7. if they dont then the students will be less capable. fact. the only reason they dont do that with FM is because of equal opportunities (as i said not all schools offer it).

you mean series and differential equations? there are different grade boundaries at HL depending on what option you chose, so its not really the hardest option. plus its only 20% of overall grade. plus doing that will mean you will ace any calculus question in paper 1 and 2.

and i dont know. i mean once you have the offer just email them. tell them when you started year 12 you did not know maths Hl was condition for economics related courses, and it was too late to change but ud be willing to show your capability over summer.
I see the point now. Thanks for the clarification, I guess I'll worry about it once I get my offer . Otherwise, the other unis and courses I'm applying for do not ask for Maths HL. By the looks at it, I find the Geography course itself also quite good. The only reason I don't want to do geo alone in other unis is because i don't like the physical part of it. But geo in LSE suits me just right... But I'm quite concerned about getting a job after a geography degree. I'd like to work in the banking/investment/private sector, since that's where my family lives, do you think a qualification from either environ. policy or geo would be valued by the employers in this field?
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I see the point now. Thanks for the clarification, I guess I'll worry about it once I get my offer . Otherwise, the other unis and courses I'm applying for do not ask for Maths HL. By the looks at it, I find the Geography course itself also quite good. The only reason I don't want to do geo alone in other unis is because i don't like the physical part of it. But geo in LSE suits me just right... But I'm quite concerned about getting a job after a geography degree. I'd like to work in the banking/investment/private sector, since that's where my family lives, do you think a qualification from either environ. policy or geo would be valued by the employers in this field?
no offense, but thats the thing i hate about finance. they have people from exactly what you just described - geography, social science (excluding econ) working there and i mean you just cant have the same understanding of issues as someone with an econ/maths/finance background. but that also answers your question, yes ppl who did geogrpahy can go into IB - they just need to show their interest (ie read the FT, another thing which i hate. its BS i did a spring internship and NO ONE of the people i saw was reading the FT / had it at their desk. its just a stupid signal to them) /rant.

however, i personally think if you do econ along with it, it will not only benefit yourself, but also your application (such as you can say since you want to go banking you chose do have half econ, bla bla etc). but as i said, not doing it will not exclude you from going into the sector.
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no offense, but thats the thing i hate about finance. they have people from exactly what you just described - geography, social science (excluding econ) working there and i mean you just cant have the same understanding of issues as someone with an econ/maths/finance background. but that also answers your question, yes ppl who did geogrpahy can go into IB - they just need to show their interest (ie read the FT, another thing which i hate. its BS i did a spring internship and NO ONE of the people i saw was reading the FT / had it at their desk. its just a stupid signal to them) /rant.

however, i personally think if you do econ along with it, it will not only benefit yourself, but also your application (such as you can say since you want to go banking you chose do have half econ, bla bla etc). but as i said, not doing it will not exclude you from going into the sector.
I don't know about the situation out there but people in the other social sciences look at different perspectives of the issue and use different ways of analysis. isn't that important as well? ive got a couple of friends working in finance and investment, two of them - now at morgan stanley and wall street, did politics and chemical engineering respectively. so i think its more about the transferable skills you learn than the subject you major in... ?
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Hi, I've got an offer from LSE- Social Policy and Economics.

I was wondering if its possible to switch to Economics, when I've begun the course? (I've met the A level grade requirements)

Not that I am definitely intending to change but I'd like to keep my options open because I might want to return to my home country to do a Masters in Public Policy instead, as it'll be more relevant. I initially planned on doing Social Policy & Economics, due to my interest is policy making but now I'm reconsidering my decision. Either way, I plan on trying out my degree first before making the change. So would anyone be able to advise me if its possible?
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Hi, I've got an offer from LSE- Social Policy and Economics.

I was wondering if its possible to switch to Economics, when I've begun the course? (I've met the A level grade requirements)

Not that I am definitely intending to change but I'd like to keep my options open because I might want to return to my home country to do a Masters in Public Policy instead, as it'll be more relevant. I initially planned on doing Social Policy & Economics, due to my interest is policy making but now I'm reconsidering my decision. Either way, I plan on trying out my degree first before making the change. So would anyone be able to advise me if its possible?
If they let you it'll only be at the beginning of second year and you'll need a first in the relevant modules. Getting in for that course is significantly easier than for straight Economics so they're likely to make you work for it.

LSE's low offers traditionally backfire because pretty much everyone makes their offer and consequently departments become packed to the rafters. Changing course seems to be getting increasingly difficult as we accept more students but expand at a slower rate to keep up.
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Hey I got an offer for law from LSE and now Im beginning to think that I might want to change to management or accounting. My law requirement is a 38 and 766 at higher level but the other courses have lower requirements, around a 37. Im certain I'll get a 7 in standard level math... Do you guys think its possible to change during registration or something?
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(Original post by nugax)
I did it after I was 3 weeks in. Check the admission statistics; normally they're fine with it, as long as you pass a few verbal interviews and can convince the departmental tutors that you're up for the course. But they're hesitant to let people switch from courses that are comparatively easy to get into, to courses that are extremely popular. I changed from Government and Economics, which is roughly on par with IR/IR&History, so there was no problem, but otherwise the head of the department that you're transferring into may refuse - though usually they allow it. If the degree you want to change into is in the same department as your original degree, you don't have to worry that much - this is pretty easy to arrange.
I realise this post is two years old, but was just wondering, if accepted into Gov + Econ, can I then swap to straight Econ?
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I want to change My course from Sociology to social policy and economics.

A levels:
I got A* IN SOC
A in psychology
A in modern foreign language

I got an offer for Sociology from LSE.

Is it possible that I can change my course?
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(Original post by aisha 56)
I want to change My course from Sociology to social policy and economics.

A levels:
I got A* IN SOC
A in psychology
A in modern foreign language

I got an offer for Sociology from LSE.

Is it possible that I can change my course?
You need an A* in Maths to do BSc Economics.

Extremely unlikely you would be allowed to change from SP to Eco. It's literally the most competitive course at the Uni.
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