Most elements of the graduate programme are completed in the first year. It includes study skills, a research seminar series where postgraduates present their current research, a workshop where staff and students from London universities meet twice a year, and seminars where visiting speakers and staff present their work.
You will also take the seminar course Contemporary Debates in Human Geography or Contemporary Debates in Planning. You take relevant specialist, MSc level courses to take you to the leading edge of the discipline in your first year, and you can select from courses offered by LSE's Methodology Institute. We emphasise supervisors and students working together on research design, strategy and methodology, and the timetable and plans for dissemination of the work. You will receive regular feedback on your work and your progress will be monitored by an annual review.
You should have a master's degree (or equivalent) in a cognate field of study to your proposed research topic, and have a background in geography or allied subjects such as sociology, anthropology, planning, environmental studies or regional science.
Selection is based upon the quality of your research proposal, references, prior achievement, and the appropriateness of your research to the department's research focus. We do not normally interview prospective research students so your written proposal is very important. Your proposal should be three to four pages long (excluding references and appendix) and can be emailed to the department for informal comment prior to your formal application.
It is essential that your research proposal addresses: research question; relevant literature and previous research in the field; likely methods and theoretical approaches to be adopted; likely information sources and an assessment of their suitability and availability. An outline three year research timetable must be included as an appendix.