Taught course

Philosophy of the Social Sciences

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) · Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method

Entry requirements

We will consider applicants with a first or upper second class (2:1) honours degree or equivalent, with a considered interest in the area covered by the MSc. If your first language is not English, please submit with your application to LSE a sample of your work in English (five to ten typewritten pages).

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is based in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method| and offers the following benefits:

*It offers a critical examination of conceptual and methodological issues underlying social scientific research.
*The Department's approach to philosophical study is resolutely interdisciplinary. We believe that philosophical analysis is best seen as continuous with scientific practice. (It this sense, we fall squarely within the "naturalist" tradition in the philosophy of science.)
*The Department's strength in philosophy of economics and rational choice theory make it a natural place to study for those who wish to examine, and critique, the use of these methods within the social sciences.
*The Department is one of the major centres for the philosophy of social science in the world.
*The degree is internationally highly regarded.
*The Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, housed at LSE, is one of the international centres of the discipline and attracts a series of eminent visitors. MSc students benefit from the seminars and research activities at the Centre.
*The Department has close links with other philosophy departments in the University of London. Many graduate level lecture courses given in other colleges of the University are available to MSc students and are required teaching for some courses. This gives students access to the very rich, general London philosophical environment.
*The position of the Department within an international centre of excellence in the social sciences means that there is a good deal of collaboration between social scientists and philosophers both in teaching and research.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

LSE Graduate Support Scheme, AHRB

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations75
Dissertation25 (10000 words)

Course contact details

The Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0) 20 7955 6613