Research focuses on the academic expertise of staff within the Cities Programme and LSE in general, and focuses on spatial, social, visual and historic aspects of cities and urban life.
You should usually have a master's degree or a first or high upper second class honours degree from a British university or its equivalent in another country, in a relevant discipline within the social sciences, architecture and urban design, or humanities. When you apply for an MPhil/PhD, you will need to send us a research proposal that sets out clearly the research problem you wish to investigate, and describes the methods of research you propose to use. This will help us to evaluate your potential to embark on a research degree, and to identify a supervisor with similar interests and the appropriate expertise. We would also appreciate submission of one or two pieces of written work that you feel reflect your academic interests and abilities. If accepted onto the programme, you will be initially registered for the MPhil/PhD. You may transfer to PhD registration when you have completed written work of sufficient quality and quantity.
In the first year, you will be expected to take 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 taught within the Sociology department 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.
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.