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.

English higher level.

Months of entry

September

Course content

About this MSc programme

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.

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 graduate student is charged a fee for their programme.

This programme is eligible for needs-based awards from LSE, including the Graduate Support Scheme, Master's Awards and Anniversary Scholarships.

This programme is also eligible for the Imre Lakatos Memorial Scholarship.

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

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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