M.Sc.-Political Theory (Research)
These programmes are based in the Department of Government and offer the following benefits:
The opportunity to study in a large, internationally renowned department in the only UK institution devoted solely to the social sciences.
A good preparation for further research work or for a career in education, public administration or the private sector.
The opportunity to study at least one course from another of the department's programmes, or from master's programmes taught in other departments.
Political theory has always been one of the major fields of research and teaching at LSE. The Chair of Political Science in the Government Department has been held by a succession of internationally recognised political theorists: Graham Wallas, Harold Laski, Michael Oakeshott, Maurice Cranston and Brian Barry. There are at present seven political theorists in the Government Department, which is one of the highest concentrations of specialists in the world.
Compulsory course on: methods in political theory. Five options (three for research track) from a range, including: contemporary disputes about justice; methods and controversies in the history of political thought; greek political theory; feminist political theory; multiculturalism, nationalism and citizenship; mill's liberalism; twentieth-century european liberal thought; re-thinking the modern polity; social choice theory and democracy; kant's political philosophy; the liberal idea of freedom; dilemmas of equality. 10,000 word dissertation. Research track students also take foundations of social research.