Entry requirements

2:1 in social science.

Sociology; Sociology (Research); Sociology (Contemporary Social Thought); Sociology (Economic Sociology).

Months of entry


Course content

These programmes offer the following benefits:

*The chance to study sociology at graduate level in the only specialist institution for the social sciences in the UK. The research MSc offers you the opportunity to complete an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognised research training programme that will qualify you to apply for an ESRC research studentship.
*The opportunity to study with faculty of established national and international reputations in the Department's areas of research expertise. The MSc Sociology programme streams allow students to take a core programme offering a foundation in sociological research together with flexibility in option choices, or to specialise in key areas: advanced social research methods; contemporary social thought; or economic sociology. Option courses reflect the Department's academic strengths, including: classical and contemporary social theory; political sociology; the sociology of economic life; race, ethnicity and postcolonial studies; gender and society; crime and control; cities and urbanism; bio-sciences and society. These courses reflects the Department's commitment to sociology's critical range and contemporary relevance.
*The opportunity to extend your knowledge and understanding in areas of special interest related to sociology. If you have little or no knowledge of the social sciences, our Diploma in Sociology provides a good one-year foundation before proceeding to the master's programme, normally in the following year.
*The chance to progress to a research degree (MPhil/PhD) following completion of your MSc. The MSc dissertation will provide you with the chance of exploring the possibility of writing on a particular subject in some depth.
*Receive knowledge of the ways in which societies work, and skills in critical social understanding, techniques of social enquiry and communication through systematic and lucid argument. The skills that you develop in research techniques and computing will enable you to assemble, interpret and use social statistics.
*Students go into a wide variety of professions, such as teaching, research, politics, public administration, the social and health services, advertising, journalism, other areas of the media, law, publishing, industry, accounting, marketing, personnel and management.

These programmes cover the most significant recent developments in sociology and enable students to specialise in particular areas, developing their critical skills and advancing their knowledge of modern sociology.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

LSE Graduate Support Scheme, ESRC (for research track).

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

The Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7955 6613