Research course

Social Psychology

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) · Institute of Social Psychology

Entry requirements

Applicants for the MPhil/PhD programme should have a good master's degree, preferably in social policy or public policy, together with an upper second or first class honours degree from a UK university or its equivalent abroad. Graduates will normally need a high merit or distinction (or equivalent) in their MSc to be eligible for admission to the doctoral programme.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

Crime, education, health care, housing, population, social care, social exclusion, social security, welfare: the problems and challenges in all these areas are as inescapable and relentless as they have ever been. We equip people who want to understand the causes of these problems and the development of policy towards them.

The Department has consistently received the highest possible grade in the national research assessment exercises. In the most recent RAE, the Department led the field nationally when ranked by Grade Point Average or by the percentage of research receiving the top A* grade and half of its research was recognised as world leading.

Our research programmes and centres, such as the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE), LSE Health and Social Care, the Mannheim Centre for Criminology and the Education Research Group, have outstanding national and international reputations. We have a long standing and deep interest in social policy, planning and related issues in developing countries.

Our reputation is based on a history which dates back to 1912 when social policy was first taught at LSE. This tradition, combining action and research, continued with the contributions of LSE staff such as Richard Titmuss, Peter Townsend, Brian Abel-Smith and David Donnison to the development of social policy and building of the welfare state in Britain and similar developments abroad.

We are actively engaged in local, national and international policy debates, and provide policy advice to government bodies, and assistance to international and local organisations. LSE is also home to Population Studies, one of the world's leading demographic journals.

Study in this area leads to a wide variety of careers that are challenging, socially important, intellectually demanding and personally rewarding. Students go on to senior policy related and academic positions in countries throughout the world.

Department specialisms

Social Psychology; Organisational Psychology; Social Representations; Research Methods; Media; Evolutionary Psychology; Cognition and Communication.

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