Entry requirements

A first class or very good upper second class honours degree (normally 65+) and a taught master’s degree (or equivalent) in political science or a closely related discipline.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This programme offers you the chance to undertake a substantial piece of work that is worthy of publication and which makes an original contribution to the field of political science. You will begin on the MRes, and will need to meet certain requirements to progress to the PhD.

The Department of Government at LSE is one of the largest political science departments in the UK and covers almost all areas of politics. We offer a comprehensive range of academic approaches, from political theory, political economy, rational choice theory, public policy, nationalism, conflict studies, and comparative government to the history of institutions and policy. Many faculty members have particular regional expertise on Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and/or Latin America.

The MRes/PhD Political Science provides world-leading methods training, participation in a lively and open research culture, and the opportunity to be part of one of the best departments in political science and political studies in the world. You will join a small and highly selective entering class, of about 8-12 students from a wide range of universities around the world. Together you will embark on the MRes portion of the programme, which is a structured route to the PhD.

Information for international students

Please see the Higher section of the English language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,299 p/a
International students
EU £4,299 p/a Non EU £17,904 p/a

Please see the postgraduate funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36-60 months

MRes

full time
12-24 months

Course contact details

Name
Student Recruitment Office
Email
stu.rec@lse.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7955 6613