Entry requirements

Applicants for the MPhil/PhD programme should have a good master's degree, preferably in social policy or public policy, together with an upper second or first class honours degree from a UK university or its equivalent abroad. Graduates will normally need a high merit or distinction (or equivalent) in their MSc to be eligible for admission to the doctoral programme.

MPhil/PhD Social Policy, MPhil/PhD Demography/Population Studies

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

Crime, education, health care, housing, population, social care, social exclusion, social security, welfare: the problems and challenges in all these areas are as inescapable and relentless as they have ever been. We equip people who want to understand the causes of these problems and the development of policy towards them.

The Department has consistently received the highest possible grade in the national research assessment exercises. In the most recent RAE, the Department led the field nationally when ranked by Grade Point Average or by the percentage of research receiving the top A* grade and half of its research was recognised as world leading.

Our research programmes and centres, such as the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE), LSE Health and Social Care, the Mannheim Centre for Criminology and the Education Research Group, have outstanding national and international reputations. We have a long standing and deep interest in social policy, planning and related issues in developing countries.

PhD students attend a seminar series run by the research students' tutors and are also encouraged to take courses on research methods in the Methodology Institute and on other areas of relevance to their thesis topic. Students have the opportunity to attend various courses related to carrying out a PhD, and to present their research.

Department specialisms

Social History; Health Policy; Women and Social Policy; Social Security; Poverty; Housing Policy and Management; Social Work; Community Care; Economics of Social Policy; Population Studies; Social Exclusion

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months


full time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7955 6613