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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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Ken Benoit

LSE Works lecture: The Brexit Debate through Social Media: deliberative discussion, or deliberate dysfunction?

Using over 35 million tweets, Ken Benoit analysed the debate and campaign through social media. This event is now available as a downloadable podcast and video. Click here for further information.


The STEM requirements of "non-STEM" jobs: evidence from UK online vacancy postings and implications for Skills & Knowledge Shortages
 Thursday 23rd March, 16:15 - 17:45
Speaker: Inna Grinis, PhD candidate in the Department of Economics, LSE

Do employers in “non-STEM” occupations (e.g. Graphic Designers, Economists) seek to hire STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) graduates with a higher probability than non-STEM ones for knowledge and skills that they have acquired through their STEM education (e.g. “Microsoft C#”, “Systems Engineering”) and not simply for their problem solving and analytical abilities? This is an important question in the UK where less than half of STEM graduates work in STEM occupations and where this apparent leakage from the “STEM pipeline” is often considered as a wastage of resources.  Click here for further information


Text Learning Workshop using R - 24th-25th April and 27th-28th April

Over two days, (24-25 April for externals, and 27 - 28 April for LSE students and staff), we will offer two days of training workshops for text analysis using R.  The focus is on a mix of foundations of working with texts in R, and specific use of the quanteda package developed by Kenneth Benoit and a team of collaborators at the LSE.

Applications to attend are considered on a case-by-case basis with priorities given to PhD students and early career academics. The deadline to apply is Wednesday 22nd March.

Click here for the full details.


Alasdair Jones to speak at the British Sociological Conference

On 4th April 2017, Alasdair Jones will be co-convening a session of papers at the British Sociological Conference (which will be taking place in Manchester, 4-6 April 2017).  The session, Cities built to include? The theories and practice of inclusion in urban public space, is part of the ‘Cities, Mobilities, Place and Space’ conference stream.  For registration details see here.


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:

Nationalism and belonging: introduction
Knott, Eleanor (2017) Nationalism and belonging: introduction. Nations and Nationalism, 23 (2). pp. 220-226. ISSN 1354-5078

A universal health care system? Unmet need for medical care among regular and irregular immigrants in Italy
Busetta, Annalisa, Cetorelli, Valeria and Wilson, Ben (2017) A universal health care system? Unmet need for medical care among regular and irregular immigrants in Italy. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health . ISSN 1557-1912

Newsmap: semi-supervised approach to geographical news classification
Watanabe, Kohei (2017) Newsmap: semi-supervised approach to geographical news classification. Digital Journalism . ISSN 2167-0811