We welcome applications from students for our research degrees, both full-time and part-time. The Department has approximately 100 research students and is able to offer supervision in a wide range of specialist topics. Students are members of a vibrant and exciting research community. The LSE Library has a full collection of UK, US and EU public documents, parliamentary papers and statistical data. High class networked computer facilities dedicated to research students exist in the Social Science Research Laboratory within the Department. A wide range of computer packages for quantitative and qualitative analysis are available.
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.
For the MPhil/PhD programme, applicants should provide a written proposal of no more than 1,500 words, which gives details of the proposed research question(s), the relevant literature and previous research in the field, planned research methods and theoretical/conceptual framework to be adopted. This will enable an informed decision about the proposal to be made and to establish if there are appropriate supervisors for the research. Initially students are registered for an MPhil degree. At the end of the first year on the MPhil programme, students submit a piece of written work, of up to 10,000 words, and if progress is satisfactory they transfer retrospectively to the PhD programme; alternatively, they continue with their MPhil registration, or their registration ends.