FAQ | Flexible Graduate Diploma Programmes | CEG Online


"I chose to study the Graduate Diploma in Economics through the University of London because it's flexible. It’s also got a great, great brand. I love the fact that the LSE provides the academic direction."
Perry Jackson, Graduate Diploma in Economics, New Zealand


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Who are Graduate Diplomas for?

If you hold a full first degree in any discipline but, for professional or personal reasons, wish to secure a stand-alone qualification in a named discipline. You may also use the diploma as a basis for progression into postgraduate study if your undergraduate degree is in an unrelated field.

How are applicants selected?

If you meet the general entry requirements you should be eligible for the Graduate Diploma programmes. Please visit the course pages for detailed information. Wherever possible we will try and advise an applicant on eligibility prior to applying. However, it is not always possible to give advice until a formal application has been submitted.

How long does it take for my application to be processed and to get a reply?

Once we have received your application we aim to contact you within two working days, either by making an offer or by requesting further information if your application is not complete. 

Who should I contact if I have a query regarding my application?

Please contact our course advisers via:

About Us

What is the relationship between CEG ONLINE and the University of London International Programmes?

CEG ONLINE is a recognised centre for the University of London International Programmes. This means that in the considered view of the University of London it demonstrates commitment to developing high standards in respect of teaching, support to students and administrative processes.

A degree from the University of London is a mark of excellence, respected by employers and universities worldwide. This is because the University of London is one of the world’s leading universities, internationally recognised for its high academic standards. This reputation is based on the outstanding teaching and research of its 18 world-class Colleges and 10 specialist institutes.

Since 1858, University of London degrees have been accessible to students all over the world through the University of London International Programmes. Alumni of the University of London International Programmes have gone on to shape our world. These include seven Nobel Prize winners, leaders of Commonwealth countries, government ministers, renowned authors, academics, judges and business leaders. Today, the University of London International Programmes is truly international in character with over 54,000 students in more than 180 countries.

Academic direction for all of the programmes offered through the University of London International Programmes is provided by Colleges of the University. Academics at these Colleges develop the syllabuses, prepare the study materials, and are responsible for the assessment of students. This means that students benefit from the academic rigour and leading-edge research undertaken by the Colleges. It also helps to ensure that University of London qualifications are of the same high academic standard, however they are achieved.

On successful completion of your studies you will be awarded a University of London degree or diploma. The certificate you receive will state that you were registered with the University of London and will include the name of the University of London College or Colleges that conducted the examinations.

Find out more about the University of London International Programmes at: http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk

What is the student population? How many international students?

There are over 50,000 students studying worldwide on the University of London International Programmes.

Bursaries & Scholarships

Are there any bursaries or scholarships offered by CEG ONLINE?

There are a number of funding options available depending on your nationality, employment and other factors. Please contact us for further information.

Computer Requirements

What equipment or software will I need ?

You must have regular access to a computer (or mobile device) with an internet connection.

To get the most from your studies, your computer should have at least the following minimum specification:

  • a web browser (the latest version of Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer). This must accept cookies and have JavaScript enabled
  • screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or greater
  • sufficient bandwidth to download documents of at least 2 MB.

and the following applications installed:

  • a word processor that reads Microsoft Word format (.doc)
  • Adobe, or other pdf reader.
  • Adobe Flash Player 7.0 or later to view video material
  • Media player that plays MP4 files

For courses with coursework or project components you may also require additional software and hardware eg. CD writing equipment.

Fees & Payment

How much will my diploma cost?

Please visit our 'Fees and Financing' page for details. If you choose our tuition support options these are dependent on how many modules you wish additional support for. In addition to these fees you should also budget for:

  • Text books (could be in the region of £300 per year)

  • LSE Summer School (optional and with 15% discount)

How do I pay?

You can pay by email, Flywire or through the payment portal on this website

Paying online on our website 

  • To make a payment using this method, select "Pay by Credit/Debit Card" in your shopping basket.
  • A 2% fee is charged for payment by credit card and we do not accept American Express.
  • Fees paid by this method will be charged in British pounds sterling.

Pay by Email


  • To make a payment using this method, select "Pay by Flywire" in your shopping basket.
  • Best for international participants: accepting over 70 currencies via credit cart, debit card, or bank transfer.
  • Simply visit flywire.com/pay/cegonline and follow the instructions on the website. Please use the same email address that you used when you applied to the course.

How you study

There are two ways to study with CEG ONLINE:

1. As a new student you can apply for the full Graduate Diploma programme with CEG ONLINE as your teaching centre. 

2. As an enrolled Graduate Diploma student you can register for additional tuition and teaching support.

Do I require text books?

Yes, you will need to purchase your own books. These are widely available at good bookshops or internet bookshops.

When and how am I assessed?

You are assessed by unseen written exams. These are set and marked by our academics and assessed to the same standard as Campus-based students at LSE. Exams are held once a year in May/June, at local centres in over 180 different countries as well as London.

Can I use LSE's library?

Registered students may have access to the main LSE Library for reference only and are entitled to use Senate House Library in London for a small charge. You can access the online library 24/7.

How long does it take to complete the course?

You have a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 5 years to complete the Graduate Diploma programme.

Can I defer from the programme whilst in the midst of doing it?

If your circumstances require you can defer, but please bear in mind that you will be charged a continuing registration fee of £427 by the University of London International Programmes. If you require further information please contact your student adviser for more information.


What do graduates go on to do?

These programmes provide a base for anyone wishing to change or build their career in the relevant industry sectors. By studying with one of the best universities in the world you join graduates that have won Nobel prizes and governed countries. Your qualification will be valued globally and help you pursue sought after careers across the finance, economic, banking, business and management sectors. A Graduate Diploma also allows you to gain a stronger basis for entry to postgraduate study.

Student Status

What will my student status be?

When you enrol on our programmes you will be registered with the University of London for their award. You will receive a student email account which provides a safe and reliable communication channel.

What will be on my degree certificate?

When you graduate from the University of London you will receive a University of London Diploma with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) named as the syllabus developer and assessor. It also features the University of London crest and the Vice-Chancellor’s signature.


What support do I get?

Unlike those studying independently, choosing CEG ONLINE as your teaching centre gives you structured, active and regular personal tuition, study and educational support. You will get access to our user-friendly Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where you can interact with fellow students and engage in discussions with expert tutors. The tutors will prepare you for your exams and provide you with individual feedback. The VLE also gives you access to high quality study materials including presentations, videos and exam preparation material. 

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