London School of Economics and Political Science

London School of Economics and Political Science

MSc Social Research Methods


Houghton Street

London, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Sc.-Social Research Methods

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This programme is based in LSE's Methodology Institute and offers the following benefits: An advanced training in quantitative and qualitative social research methods, in the context of a disciplinary specialisation. A syllabus that goes some way beyond the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) requirements for the first year of a 1+3 PhD programme. The MSc is designed as a training for doctoral research and as a pre-professional training for careers in social research in the public and private sectors. Almost 50 per cent of the graduates of this programme have entered PhD programmes, or are working in social research in universities or national and local government. Study within LSE's Methodology Institute, which is a base for cross-disciplinary research and teaching in the broad area of social science methodology. The Institute has links with both governmental and private sector research groups. The programme is taught jointly with other departments in the School. Core courses: Quantitative Analysis; Qualitative Research Methods; Social Research Design. Courses to the value of one unit from a range of options from: Sociology; Social Psychology; Philosophy; Statistics; Social Policy; Decisions and Policy Sciences; Government; Development Studies; Management; Population. You also submit a research report of 10,000 words on a topic related to your specialist field of study, and you have the chance to take short courses on qualitative computer packages and interviewing skills during the year.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 603
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