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 programmeLeverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships and the Leverhulme Trust Programme.

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. 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 2017-18 are now open. 

See here for information on how to apply.

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

Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships

The Leverhulme Trust has awarded LSE with 15 doctoral scholarships worth £1 million for students to undertake interdisciplinary research on 'the challenge of escalating inequalities'.

Please submit your completed application to the School by the 9th of January or the 26th April 2017 (depending on the academic department you are applying to, please check with your department which deadline they are using) in order to be considered.

There is no separate application for these awards. The selection of students will be based on their application to study for a PhD at the School. Academic departments are able to nominate a limited number of candidates for consideration of these awards by a School panel.

Please see the notes for applicants (PDF) for further details on the research themes covered by the Leverhulme Scholarships.

When completing your application you should indicate that you wish to be considered for a Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship and which of the three themes your proposal addresses. 

You will also be considered for other sources of funding unless you indicate that you only wish to be considered for a Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship.

Read about current Leverhulme Scholarship Holders 2016-2017 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, alternating with the III’s regular seminar in the same slot.

In the remaining years of the programme (so in the 2017-18 academic year for 2016-15 cohort), we will have monthly meetings. 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 will open in September 2017.

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.

Applications are to be sent directly to (copied to and by the specified due date (to be confirmed).

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