London School of Economics and Political Science

London School of Economics and Political Science

MRes/PhD Political Science


Houghton Street

London, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Res./Ph.D.-Political Science, M.Res./Ph.D.-Political Science

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The new MRes/PhD is designed to provide a different experience, with a more structured teaching programme, more collective and collaborative working, a broader training as a well-rounded political science professional, and a systematic emphasis on research design and methodology. This is the emphasis in the first year of the programme which leads to an MRes award. Students build on this first year in their doctoral research in the following three years. The central aim of the MRes/PhD in Political Science at LSE is to help produce a new generation of political scientists who upon graduation will immediately be qualified to accept leading positions in their professions. Graduates will be carefully trained and widely read – indeed they will be able to interpret, evaluate, and use research results across a broad spectrum of topics, well beyond the field of their specific doctoral research. The programme has two different streams. Students on both streams will be broadly trained in a range of methods in political science and will be able to apply quantitative and/or qualitative methods in their own research. In Stream A there is a greater emphasis in training in quantitative political science, while in Stream B there is greater emphasis is on training in qualitative approaches to the study of politics as well as some quantitative methods. Both streams provide grounding in the scope and theory of political science and the challenges of research design. Students must meet high standards in all these fields and must apply their training to the construction of a research prospectus designed to underpin subsequent doctoral research. We welcome applications from students with a good undergraduate degree in political science or a closely related discipline (such as sociology, economics or history) and, preferably, an MA or MSc degree in political science or a closely related discipline.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS: 7.0; TOEFL: 627.
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