Entry requirements

Master's degree or a first or high upper second class honours degree from a British university, or its equivalent in another country, in either sociology or another related social science.

Months of entry


Course content

You will be initially registered for the MPhil. At the end of your second year or early in your third (full-time), you will be transferred to PhD registration upon successful completion of our 'upgrade' procedure (submission of three complete chapters, examined by viva voce).

In the first year, you will spend over half your time taking a range of methods and specialist courses. These are selected in discussion with your supervisor, dependent on your needs and may include courses from other institutes or departments at LSE. You must attend the first year research class for MPhil students and, unless you have already successfully studied research methods at master's level, you will normally be expected to complete graduate course units in methodology, on the advice of your supervisor. If you accept an offer of admission from us, we will send you information on methodology requirements and other relevant matters.

At the end of your first year, you will produce a 5,000 word research proposal, outlining the aims and methods of your thesis. This has to reach an acceptable standard to enable you to progress to the second year.

After the first year, you will spend more time on independent study under the guidance of your personal supervisor. This will involve the collection, organisation, analysis and writing up of data and ideas. At least once a week you will attend a general research seminar and/or specialist workshops and seminars related to your interests. You will be expected to make an active contribution to these by presenting papers and joining in the general discussion.

Department specialisms

Biomedicine, bioscience and biotechnology,Cities and urbanism, Economy, culture and society, Gender, Human rights, Politics and society, Race, racism and ethnicity, Crime and control

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