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2:1 bachelor’s degree or equivalent, plus high merit (65+) in a Master’s degree or equivalent, preferably in Social Policy or Public Policy and a high merit (65+) in dissertation.
English research level.
Months of entry
About this MPhil/PhD programme
Social policy at LSE is about the development, design, analysis, and evaluation of public policies. We cover a wide range of policy areas including crime, education, housing, migration, population, social disadvantage, inequalities, and social security. The issues underpinning our work are global in application. What determines the needs, rights, and wellbeing of citizens and non-citizens? What is, and what should be, the roles of the state, the family, the market, and civil society?
This programme offers the chance to undertake a substantial piece of work that is of publishable quality and which makes an original contribution to the field of social policy. You will begin on the MPhil, and will need to meet certain requirements to be upgraded to PhD status.
You will be offered supervision in a wide range of specialist topics and will become a member of a vibrant and exciting research community. You will have access to a full collection of UK, US and EU public documents, parliamentary papers and statistical data as well as use of high-class networked computer facilities dedicated to research students, in the Social Science Research Laboratory within the Department.
Department of Social Policy
The Department of Social Policy is an internationally recognised centre of research and teaching in social and public policy. The Department is distinguished by its multidisciplinary, international and comparative approach. The faculty are leading researchers in their fields, and has particular strengths in behavioural public policy, criminology, development, economic and social inequality, education, migration, non-governmental organisations and population change and the life course.
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, and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding.
More information on funding and scholarships can be found on the LSE website.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time24-48 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- Student Recruitment Office
- +44 (0)20 7955 6613