London School of Economics and Political Science

London School of Economics and Political Science

MSc Political Sociology


Houghton Street

London, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Sc.-Political Sociology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The programme is designed to look beneath the day to day controversies of politics in order to explore the underlying forces that either promote or retard political and social change. It combines a strong core curriculum with the flexibility to develop individual interests. The core course explores a series of fundamental questions about the social bases of politics and the impact of politics on society. It examines the interaction between economic interests, political institutions, social identities and cultural norms. It has a strong empirical component, which provides an opportunity to expand your knowledge of a number of countries, and to systematically compare their experiences. Special additional seminars cover key theoretical approaches and methods, and provide a forum for exploring the use of these in your own work. Students on the programme also choose two further full unit courses (or up to four further half unit courses) from a wide range of options. This choice of options enables you to build a focus around either empirical or theoretical topics, or a mixture of both. It also enables you to draw on the expertise of academic staff in different departments throughout LSE. Finally, all students on the degree write a 10,000 word dissertation. This gives you a chance to develop your thinking in an area that is of particular interest to you, and to produce an extended piece of individual research.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 627.
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