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Entry requirements

Merit in a taught master’s degree in a relevant discipline.

English research level.

Months of entry


Course content

About the MPhil/PhD programme

Housed within the Department of Sociology, this programme offers the chance to undertake a substantial piece of work that is worthy of publication and which makes an original contribution to urban studies. You will begin on the MPhil, and will need to meet certain requirements to be upgraded to PhD status.

The MPhil/PhD Cities Programme offers an excellent environment for interdisciplinary graduate research on cities, space and urbanism. Students come to the programme from a range of academic and professional backgrounds, sharing an interest in linking the social and physical study of urban issues. The doctoral programme includes training in research design, practice and presentation in the first year, access to relevant graduate taught courses to enhance general and project-specific skills, a range of student-led and international collaborations and initiatives, and opportunities for exchange and networking through other international partnerships. Research focuses on the academic expertise of staff within the Cities Programme, the Department of Sociology, and LSE in general, addressing the spatial, social, economic and environmental aspects of cities and urban life.

Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology, which provides up-to-date, research-led teaching by international experts in their field. The Department has research expertise in four research clusters: Economic Sociology; Politics and Human Rights; Social Inequalities; and Urban Sociology. Across all four areas, the Department aims to provide students with a thorough grounding in methods and theory, which enable them to produce rigorous, analytical work in projects and essays.

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 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

  • PhD
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
(0044) 20 7955 6613