London School of Economics and Political Science

London School of Economics and Political Science

MSc Social Policy (Research)


Houghton Street

London, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Sc.-Social Policy (Research)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This programme is based in the Department of Social Policy and aims to provide a set of high quality, integrated courses to equip students in social policy with transferable research skills before they move on to substantive research, whether doctoral or in employment. It offers the following benefits: Study in a department which has achieved the highest rating in the UK (5*) for the quality of its research. Students can progress to research degrees (subject to normal admissions procedures at LSE and other institutions) or employment in the public, private or voluntary sector. The MSc is recognized as research training by the ESRC (for students seeking later funding for doctoral research). Teaching by specialists who are at the forefront of research into British and European welfare states and by experts in different social science research methodologies. A comparative, international and multidisciplinary environment with links to several specialist research groups based in the department as well as to LSE's Methodology Institute. Core courses in foundations of social research 1 and 2; social policy research. Total of one unit from many options including: social policy: goals and issues; social policy - organisation and innovation; foundations of health policy; european social policy; gender and social policy: theory and practice; ethnicity, 'race' and social policy; eduaction policy, reform and financing; criminal justice policy; social rights and human welfare; child rights, child poverty and development. 10,000 word dissertation.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS: 7.0; TOEFL 627
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