Associated teaching

The MSc in Inequalities and Social Science has truly broadened my horizons in terms of how to approach problems from a multi-disciplinary perspective." 

Current teaching associated with the III consists of the inter-disciplinary MSc Inequalities and Social Science, the Atlantic Fellows programme, Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships and the Leverhulme Trust Programme. See below for more information.

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MSc Inequalities and Social Science

As a result of dramatic economic and social changes over recent years, the study of inequality has rapidly developed as one of the most important areas of inter-disciplinary social scientific study.

This MSc offers a comprehensive and wide-ranging programme which includes expertise from leading academics in the Departments of Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Government, Law, Social Policy, Media and Communications, Gender, and Statistics and will provide students with state-of-the-art teaching in this area.

Each year, the MSc student with the best overall performance will be awarded the Atkinson Prize. The prize is named for Professor Tony Atkinson, who sadly passed away on New Year's Day 2017. Professor Atkinson played a very important role in the establishment of the III and continued to support our work, but more importantly as the economist worldwide, ensuring that inequality is given the attention that it deserves.

Course Convenors: Professor Mike Savage and Professor Diane Perrons

Applications for 2018-2019 are open!

See here for information on how to apply.

Read about our MSc students' experiences and graduate desinations here.

Atlantic Fellows programme

This is a fantastic opportunity to study the MSc Inequalities and Social Science and join a community of experienced, informed and motivated change makers looking to tackle the causes of inequalities wherever they are found. Fellows will be involved in regular networking opportunities, take part in the annual conference and meet with colleagues working on projects around the world.

The Atlantic Fellows programme provides funding to cover the fees for the course as well as providing a stipend to cover living costs and any reasonable travel expenses.

Applications are now closed. For further information, see the Atlantic Fellows programme page.

If you have any queries about the Fellowship, please contact

LSE PhD Studentships on 'The Challenge of Escalating Inequalities' based in the International Inequalities Institute

LSE is offering a minimum of three new prestigious LSE PhD Studentships for PhD study in any Department whose research addresses ‘The Challenge of Escalating Inequalities’. Students will apply to specific Departments and will also be affiliated to LSE’s International Inequalities Institute. You will be part of a dynamic research culture exploring the links between the economic dimensions of inequalities with their social, cultural and political aspects to systematically assess whether and how inequalities might be hardening in mutually reinforcing ways. As well as being supervised by experts in your home Departments, you will also be actively mentored by a group of leading scholars who all have outstanding records of research on escalating inequalities.   You will join three cohorts of students previously funded by the Leverhulme Trust developing research on this theme, as well as other LSE funded scholars in your department.

LSE PhD Studentships on Inequalities are tenable for four years and cover full fees and an annual stipend of £18,000.

Topics may cover any aspect of economic, social, cultural and political inequality, in any part of the world, addressing whether, why and how such inequalities are intensifying. Students may propose to use quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods.

Selection for all LSE studentships is on the basis of outstanding academic merit and research potential.  This relates both to your past academic record and to an assessment of your likely aptitude to complete a PhD in your chosen topic in the time allocated.

Your application should make reference to where your research will fit into this theme.

Deadline and how to apply: to be considered for these studentships you must apply to LSE by the funding deadline set by your academic department – please see programme details here . For more information and how to apply for a Studentship, see also here.

Read about some of the current PhD students undertaking research on the theme of escalating inequalities - funded by the Leverhulme Trust - here.

Leverhulme Trust Programme

The Leverhulme Trust Programme consists of an interdisciplinary seminar for Leverhulme scholarship students together with a small group of other doctoral students from across the School with funding from other sources who are also working in the area of inequalities.

Much research on inequality over recent years has pointed to the need for interdisciplinary work. While the study of inequality was originally dominated by economics, it is now more clearly understood how deeply rooted is inequality (in all its multiple dimensions) in embedded social practices and institutions.

This brings in disciplines from economics, political science and political economy, to sociology, anthropology, law, philosophy and psychology, as well as sensitivity to history and culture. Hence, the overarching aim of the programme is to increase our understanding of the mechanisms that link the economic dimensions of inequality with their social, cultural and political dimensions at the global level.

Programme Structure

In the first year of the programme for the 2016-17 cohort there will be a fortnightly core interdisciplinary seminar. There will be 10 of these through the academic year.

In Michaelmas Term the seminar will combine informal teaching and discussion. The intention is to cover the main methodological approaches to the study of inequality, while discussing how they should be seen from an interdisciplinary perspective. 

In the Lent Term, the seminars will be based on student presentation and discussion of their future ideas. The broad assumption throughout the seminars is that neither teaching nor presentations should be technical, in part because we want the cohort where necessary to develop competences in explaining technical ideas in non-technical language.

These seminars will take place on Tuesdays at 12-2pm in the PhD Academy, alternating with the III’s regular seminar in the same slot. The first session will take place on Tuesday 3rd of October.

In the remaining years of the programme (so in the 2017-18 academic year for the 2016 and 2015 cohorts), we will have monthly meetings in the PhD Academy. These will take the form of presentation and discussion of on-going research by the students in the cohort, followed by informal discussion and ‘refreshment’.

How to apply

Applications for the 2017-18 Leverhulme Programme cohort have now closed. Applications for the 2018-2019 cohort will open in September 2018.

Candidates will be asked to write an application of no more than one page explaining how their plans for doctoral studies link to the concerns of the Leverhulme Programme. 

Candidates will need to obtain the support of their supervisors who need to write no more than two sentences of support.

Please note that becoming part of this cohort means that you continue to be based in your home Departments - it entails that in addition to all normal Departmental expectations you have the opportunity of Cross-Departmental support and engagement. 

Read about current doctoral students participating in the programme here