Dear London School of Economics,
I would like to request information regarding the reserve list statistics for the MSc. Political Economy of Europe programme for the previous 3-5 years. Would you be able to include both the number of students placed on the reserve list as well as those which successfully got an offer?
Furthermore, when you say that 'the reserve list is not numbered or ranked in order of merit', do you mean that the allocation of spare places will follow a chronological order, or will you re-assess the reserve list candidates?
Iacopo Gil Casas
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At present we are having to prioritise our finite resources in order to
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continue to process individual requests, you may experience some delay in
our response during the current pandemic.
Further to your recent FoI request, the Schools response is provided
Offer in subsequent
Year Total reserves Offer in same year year
2015/6 2 1 0
2017/8 10 0 3
2018/9 12 2 1
2019/0 17 0 7
2020/1 (so far) 3 0 N/A
Question 2: The reserve list is usually activated chronologically, but
sometimes applicants are re-assessed (depending on numbers and the time of
Please think about the underlying question that is prompting your data
request. If you are attempting to find out what are your chances of
getting a place, remember that this cannot be answered by reference to
data. Applications are considered on their individual merits, based on a
holistic view of your supporting documents in the context of the current
cohort. Figures from previous years will not offer any insight on your
application. Your best way to find the answer is to apply.
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Secretary, London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton
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The London School of Economics and Political Science
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