Entry requirements

We will consider applicants who have good first degrees in any relevant discipline, and a considered interest in the area covered by the MSc.

Months of entry


Course content

Political sociology is a subject with a long and distinguished history and a thriving contemporary debate. LSE has been home to some of the leading thinkers in the subject, and the MSc will give you the chance to study political sociology at graduate level, with teachers who are both active researchers and renowned in their fields. It will also give you the opportunity to learn and work with students from all over the world, some of whom will bring first hand experience of politics in their own countries.

The programme is designed to look beneath the day to day controversies of politics in order to explore the underlying forces that either promote or retard political and social change. It will provide you with the analytical tools and the empirical knowledge to understand some of the fundamental forces that have shaped, and are shaping, the world in which we live. The programme combines a strong core curriculum with the flexibility to develop individual interests. It will give you the opportunity to expand your knowledge of politics and society, and to build up special expertise in particular areas.

It will also give you the opportunity to develop your capacity for rigorous oral and written argument. Seminar discussion and essay writing will foster a critical approach which will encourage you to re-evaluate commonly accepted ideas, to consider alternative explanations for important social and political developments, and to support your own conclusions with carefully deployed evidence.

Students go into a wide range of professions including academic research, teaching, politics, diplomacy, government policy-making, public administration, journalism, the media, law, publishing, industry, and management, as well as working for think tanks, activist groups, international bodies, and non-governmental organisations.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

LSE Graduate Support Scheme.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations75
Dissertation25 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0) 20 7955 6613