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MPhil/PhD Programme - Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the answers to a few questions specific to the Media and Communications doctoral programme:

  1. What is the minimum entrance requirement?
  2. Is there a deadline for applications?
  3. Must my application be accompanied by a research proposal?
  4. What should the research proposal include?
  5. Who can I contact about financial support?
  6. Who can I contact if my question is not answered here?

1. What is the minimum entrance requirement?

A very good pass (minimum 65% or equivalent) in a masters degree in a social science subject is preferred. Outstanding candidates with a very good pass in a masters degree in another subject, together with substantial relevant professional experience, may also be considered.

2. Is there a deadline for applications?

Those seeking ESRC and most other types of funding must submit their applications no later than 15 March in any year.

All applications should normally be submitted by 1 May in any year.

Applications may still be considered after 1 May. However, our faculty members give close attention to all their research students and therefore supervise only up to 8 research students at any time. Late applicants may find that the appropriate supervisor has no places available for entry in the coming October.

3. Must my application be accompanied by a research proposal?

Applications will only be considered if accompanied by a 2000-3000 word research proposal.

Applicants are encouraged to make informal contact prior to sending their formal application. You are welcome to contact media@lse.ac.uk, or the most appropriate member of our Media@lse faculty| , with a copy to media@lse.ac.uk |, attaching your cv and a preliminary research proposal, to discuss your application. Please do not, however, contact numerous members of the department simultaneously.

4. What should the research proposal include?

The research proposal should include an introduction to the topic as you see it now, an indication of the research question(s), some idea of the theoretical perspectives that interest you at this stage, and some suggestions about what research methodology or methods you might consider applying.

Students are not, of course, tied to their initial research proposal and indeed many will change the emphasis of their research during the first year of study.

However, we ask to see a proposal from all applicants in order to determine whether any of our Faculty members would be a suitable supervisor and as evidence that the applicant has a good understanding of what is involved in MPhil/PhD research.

5. Whom should I contact about financial support?

Please see the Financial Support Office| for all information about funding your studies.

6. Who can I contact if my question is not answered here?

A wealth of information on every aspect of the LSE application process and requirements is available at Graduate Admissions| .

More detailed information is also available in the MPhil/PhD Handbook .

For any further information, please contact us at media@lse.ac.uk|

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