London School of Economics and Political Science

London School of Economics and Political Science

MPhil/PhD Social Research Methods


Houghton Street

London, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Phil./Ph.D.-Social Research Methods, M.Phil./Ph.D.-Social Research Methods

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Methodology Institute is an interdisciplinary group with joint appointments in other departments in the School. The disciplinary backgrounds of the staff include statistics, sociology, social psychology, management, political science and BIOS. When you apply for a MPhil/PhD, you will need to send us a brief 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. It is expected that a PhD in the Methodology Institute will be completed in three years of full-time study, with appropriate adjustment made for part-time study. Two supervisors are normally assigned to each research student at the time an offer of admission is made. One of these supervisors may be from outside the Methodology Institute. Supervisors may recommend or require that students take courses that are deemed essential for their research. These courses may be offered both within and outside the Methodology Institute or the School, and may require examination. All research students are initially admitted to the doctoral programme as MPhil students, until they are upgraded to PhD. Every MPhil/PhD student in the Methodology Institute has an annual review in September. This consists of written materials submitted to members of the Institute and an oral presentation in front of them. Research students are expected to attend the Institute's research seminar and other specialist workshops and seminars related to your interests. You will be expected to make an active contribution to these by presenting papers and joining in the general discussion periods. Research students will also have the opportunity to obtain teaching experience, for which training is offered.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 603.
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