Prospective students

The PhD programme offered by the LSE Department of Government will equip you with the skills you need to pursue a career in the field of Political Science.

Entering a small and highly selective class, you will be taught by academic staff with international reputations in all branches of the field, and gain a range of skills through a combination of training and research.

Graduates of our programme are able to interpret, evaluate, and use research across a broad spectrum of topics – well beyond the field of their specific doctoral research.  

The aim of our programme is to produce a new generation of political scientists who, upon graduation, are qualified to take up important positions in the profession and outside.  The benefits of the programme are clear to see in the job placements of our graduates who have entered careers fields such as:

  • The media
  • Politics
  • Think-tanks
  • NGOs
  • Academia

Further information

If you would like further information about our doctoral programme please contact our Research Programme Manager ( or our Doctoral Programme Director, Paul Mitchell (