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Department of Methodology
Columbia House
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE


Graduate Admissions


Graduate Teaching Administrator
Esther Heyhoe
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6156
Email: e.heyhoe@lse.ac.uk


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Welcome to the Department of Methodology for postgraduate study in social research methods. The Department of Methodology has two key functions:

The Department also provides a walk-in 'methods surgery' where staff and students can drop in for advice on methods-related problems they may have. This service is offered weekly during term time on Thursdays 10-12 in the PhD Academy (4th Floor Lionel Robbins Building - entrance only via Portugal Street) on a first-come, first-served basis: no appointment necessary.


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Department of Methodology staff develop the only polling model to predict a hung parliament

The Department of Methodology's Dr Ben Lauderdale and Dr Jack Blumenau were part of the team at YouGov which devised the only model which correctly predicted a hung parliament.

Professor Jouni Kuha, who is in both the Department of Methodology and the Department of Statistics, was also part of the team which analysed the exit polls on election day. Click here for the full story.


LSE Methods Summer Programme

From 14 - 25 August 2017, the Methods Summer Programme offers short courses in social science research methods for students, researchers and professionals to better gather, analyse and work with data.

All courses are full time, and will generally involve 3 hours of lectures and 1.5 hours of classes per day, though teaching format varies from course to course. Read more...


Weapons of Math Destruction: How big data increases inequality and threatens democracy

Date: 3 July 2017, 18:30 - 20:00

We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives - whether we get a job or a loan, how much we pay for insurance - are being made by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated. But as Cathy O'Neil reveals in her new book, which she will talk about in this lecture, the opposite is true. Click here for further information.


Professor Jonathan Jackson gives evidence to Commission on State Fragility

Professor Jonathan Jackson gave evidence on 8 June 2017 to the Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development, which was held at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. The Commission is chaired by former UK prime minister, David Cameron. Professor Jackson summarised his work into the importance of legitimacy in the context of criminal justice.


A key function of the department is to provide training for PhD and MSc students across the LSE in the design of social research and in qualitative and quantitative analysis.

We run a number of courses for Masters and PhD students, including courses run as part of the LSE's Doctoral Training Centre. We also run a MSc Social Research Methods programme and a MPhil/PhD Social Research Methods programme.

The Department of Methodology YouTube channel. Now available: software training videos covering SPSS, STATA and Alceste on Methodology LSE YouTube channel

Featured publication

Jones, A. (2016) ‘Orchestrated public space: the curatorial dimensions of the transformation of London's Southbank Centre,’ in Golchehr, S. et al. (eds.) Mediations: Art & Design Agency and participation in public space, conference proceedings. London, UK:  Royal College of Art, 2016, pp. 244-257.

Featured publication

"Walking the Reflexive Talk" by Dr Audrey Alejandro, Fellow in Qualitative Methodology, was published in the journal E-International Relations in September 2016.

Featured publication

Flora Cornish, and her co-author, Morten Skovdal, have published a new qualitative methods textbook for practitioners in international development. The book offers practical ‘how to’ guides, examples, and learning activities, to help development practitioners to make use of qualitative research in monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning. Chapter One is open access.

A selection of the most recent publications by Department of Methodology staff are below:

Measuring news bias: Russia’s official news agency ITAR-TASS’ coverage of the Ukraine crisis
Watanabe, Kohei (2017) Measuring news bias: Russia’s official news agency ITAR-TASS’ coverage of the Ukraine crisis. European Journal of Communication, 32 (3). pp. 224-241. ISSN 0267-3231

Police violence
Milani, Jenna and Bradford, Ben and Jackson, Jonathan (2017) Police violence. In: Pontell, Henry N., (ed.) Oxford Research Encyclopedias: Criminology & Criminal Justice. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. (In Press)

Police legitimacy
Bradford, Ben and Jackson, Jonathan and Milani, Jenna (2017) Police legitimacy. In: Barnes, J.C. and Forde, D.R., (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Research Methods and Statistical Techniques in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Wiley, Hoboken, USA. (In Press)