Taught course

Philosophy of the Social Sciences

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

Entry requirements

A 2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline. You should also demonstrate a considered interest in the area covered by the MSc.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Anthropology, economics, geography, political science, sociology – you already know what the social sciences are. But how do they work? What makes them special?

There are clear senses in which they differ from some of the natural sciences, such as their extremely diverse set of methods and analytic techniques, but does this make the social sciences any less scientific or objective?

With LSE widely recognised as the world’s leading specialist social science university, the MSc Philosophy of the Social Sciences is the ideal degree with which to pursue questions about human societies, and to apply philosophical reasoning to understanding the nature of the social sciences themselves.

This programme offers a critical examination of the conceptual and methodological issues underlying social scientific research. The Department's strength in philosophy of economics and rational choice theory makes it the ideal environment in which to study, examine and critique the use of these methods within the social sciences.

Information for international students

Please see the Higher section of the English language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
Total £13,536
International students
Total: EU £13,536 Non EU £20,904

Please see the postgraduate funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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