Research course

Philosophy

Institution
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) · Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Qualifications
MPhil/PhD

Entry requirements

Taught master’s degree in philosophy with a distinction overall and in the dissertation component.

English research level.

Months of entry

September

Course content

About this MPhil/PhD programme

We accept MPhil/PhD students wishing to work in any field of research in which the Department has special expertise, including philosophy of the natural sciences (especially physics and biology); distributive justice and normative ethics; philosophy and public policy; philosophy of the social sciences (especially economics); decision theory, evolutionary and game theory; and formal epistemology.

We are committed to research that makes a difference not only to philosophy and the philosophies of the various sciences, but also to the practice of the sciences themselves – from economics and political science to physics, biology and medicine – as well as to the wider world. The Department’s teaching is research-led: courses cover cutting-edge material and are taught by some of the field’s leading scholars.

On this programme you will work towards producing a substantial piece of work that makes an original contribution to the subject and is of a sufficient standard to give rise to publications in professional academic journals.

You will benefit from the Department’s close association with the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, which hosts leading visiting scholars and supports a range of research projects, seminars and lecture series, and the Forum for European Philosophy, which runs a full and varied programme of philosophy and interdisciplinary events. You will also have the opportunity to attend and take part in the Department’s regular seminar and lecture series, including the Choice Group on decision theory and social choice, and the Sigma Club on the philosophy and foundations of modern physics.

As a Philosophy MPhil/PhD student you will be given the chance to teach the undergraduate discussion classes that are run in parallel with lectures. An essential part of becoming a good philosopher is learning how to teach, share and discuss ideas with those interested in philosophy at all levels, and the discussion classes you lead at LSE will provide ample opportunity.

Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method

The Department is a world-leading centre for research in three broad areas of philosophy: rational choice theory and formal epistemology; philosophy of science; and moral and political philosophy. It has come to occupy a leading place as a world-class centre for teaching and research in philosophy of science, moral and political philosophy, and decision theory and social choice. Along with the closely related Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, it enjoys an international reputation for its cutting-edge research, bustling seminar series and distinguished faculty and visitors. The Department was rated #8 globally in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject, and the 2017 Guardian University Guide placed LSE Philosophy at number 5 in the country with a score of 84.2/100.

Information for international students

For country-specific information regarding entry requirements, fees, and scholarships avaliable, please visit LSE's country pages.

Fees and funding

Every research student is charged a fee for each year of their programme.

This programme is eligible for LSE PhD Studentships.

More information on funding and scholarships can be found on the LSE website.

Qualification and course duration

MPhil/PhD

full time
24-48 months

Course contact details

Name
Student Recruitment Office
Email
stu.rec@lse.ac.uk