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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


General Enquiries




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.

Karsten Donnay

Integrating Conflict Event Data
 Thursday 4th May, 16:15 - 17:45
Speaker: Karsten Donnay

The growing volume of sophisticated event-level data collection, with improving geographic and temporal coverage, offers prospects for conducting novel analyses. In instances where multiple related datasets are available, researchers tend to rely on one at a time, ignoring the potential value of the multiple datasets in providing more comprehensive, precise, and valid measurement of empirical phenomena. Click here for further information


Alasdair Jones to speak at the British Sociological Conference

On 4th April 2017, Alasdair Jones co-convened a session of papers at the British Sociological Conference (which took 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 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

More positive, assertive and forward-looking: how Leave won Twitter
Matsuo, Akitaka and Benoit, Kenneth (2017) More positive, assertive and forward-looking: how Leave won Twitter. LSE Brexit (16 Mar 2017) Blog Entry.