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Want to find out how knowledge is created? Maybe understand the processes underpinning your degree subject? Perhaps build up your group and team working skills?  Even get a taste of the life of an academic researcher…

LSE GROUPS is an immersive, engaging and a unique learning experience. It offers undergraduates the chance to do original research and present it to their peers.

Groups ran in a new, weekly format in the Spring Term, as a collaborative project with Imperial College

GROUPS will be running as an intensive two-week project in in Summer Term 2017.

Applications for this exciting research opportunity are now open!
See below for more information.

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Tuesday 30 May to Friday 9 June 2017

We are living in uncertain times. How can social scientists study change and instability? How do individuals and communities live with uncertainty? Are there uncertainties within our research tools themselves, and the conclusions we draw?

LSE GROUPS is returning for its eighth year, to offer LSE undergraduates an exciting end-of-year opportunity. Under the topic of ‘Uncertainty’, groups of students will choose their own specific area of interest, and devise and carry out a research project. 

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Students will spend two weeks working in small groups, of mixed years and mixed disciplines, with a supervisor. They will choose a research question and methodology, collect and analyse data, and write and present a paper at a final conference. Workshops and seminars will develop student skills in literature searching, research tools, data analysis and more.

GROUPS 2017 takes place between Tuesday 30 May and Friday 9 June. It is a full-time intensive project, and students are expected to participate during working hours on weekdays. If you have an exam during this period but would still like to participate, please let us know on the application form.

Applications close on 31 March 2017.

We regret that GROUPS numbers are capped. We aim to let applicants know if they have been successful by the first week in April – thanks for your interest!


N.B. Please do check your LSE exam timetable for possible clashes with GROUPS before filling in the fields below. This can be found on the LSE website.

GROUPS in previous years

Some of our GROUPS alumni recently won the prestigious Booth Prize at the LSE Research Festival, for presentation of their work in GROUPS 2016.

You can watch a film that we commissioned to document the experience of students who took part in GROUPS in 2016:

Below are some quotes from previous participants in GROUPS:

‘LSE people provided very helpful analysis on causation and correlation .... Imperial people had a good grasp of the quantitative side of things and had more focus on scientific rigour. The diversity of students in the group also made for supporting sources and research in more diverse places.’

‘Freedom to choose what to study. Greater independence. Learning by doing. More contact time than undergraduate studies!’.

‘LSE GROUPS was the key factor that drove me to pursue my own research with an undergraduate dissertation, so thank you very much for your work on that project and for providing me with my first opportunity to conduct academic research!’

To find out more about LSE GROUPS in previous years, including photos, films and details of winning projects, see our LSE GROUPS past projects page


"An incredible two weeks"


"Different to anything else I've done at LSE"