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, explains why it is important, 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. You will be initially registered for the MPhil. You may transfer to PhD registration when you have completed written work of sufficient quality and quantity.
In the first year, you will spend over half your time taking 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 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. If you accept an offer of admission from us, we will send you information on methodology requirements and other relevant matters.
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.
After the first year you will spend more time on independent study under the guidance of your personal supervisor. This will involve the collection, organisation, analysis and writing up of data and ideas. At least once a week you will attend a general research seminar and/or specialist workshops and seminars related to your interests.