A summary of the four Q&A sessions held by Dr Bryan Roberts. It was great to meet you!

On 30 April and 1 May Dr Bryan Roberts hosted four Q&A sessions for MSc Offer Holders. We really enjoyed meeting you and putting names to faces. I counted at least eighteen different nationalities on the call which is representative of the diverse mix of people who choose to study at LSE!

In case you missed the Q&As, do not worry! There will be Programme-specific calls in early July where you’ll have a chance to meet your cohort and the programme coordinators. You will receive information on this in due course.

In the meantime, we’ve written a summary of the key things discussed across the four calls with Bryan. As ever, do email us if you have any questions.

Covid-19 Update

We are working towards the start of the 2020/1 session in the hope that there will be a return to business as usual, with teaching being delivered on-campus at LSE.

The situation is obviously subject to change and we will continue to monitor and to respond appropriately. Please note, the decision on how teaching will be delivered at the start of the new academic year will primarily be dependent upon whether the UK Government allows UK universities to open campuses, and whether the current travel restrictions are lifted. We are also aware that travel restrictions may prevent some of you from coming in September and are making plans to accommodate you remotely during that time.

We are making contingency plans in case it proves necessary to adjust our teaching mode or delay the start of the new academic cycle. This includes a variety of virtual classroom experiences, including online lectures, discussions, one-on-one meetings, and activities to experience the LSE community from the comfort of your living room. Our approach has been very popular with students this year, and we fully expect to provide a similarly rich experience to next year’s student in the event that university campuses are still closed at the start of the year.

As soon as we have an update, we will contact you.

Studying at LSE

A typical Week

Each week you will have lectures, small-group seminars and a dissertation-writing seminar. A lot of time will be spent preparing for the small-group seminars.

All Philosophy MSc degrees include a dissertation-writing seminar with other members of your cohort, where you can get to know the lecturer leading the MSc degree, and develop the skills needed to write and share your research on your dissertation.

Outside of the lecture theatres, teaching rooms and the library, you’ll also be able to enjoy our vibrant programme of social events including parties (with performances from our own Department rock n’ roll band, The Critique of Pure Rhythm), quizzes, excursions across London, and the annual MSc trip (last year we went down to Chesil Beach on the south coast). Our Department is also strategically located near to one of the student pubs.


One of the regulars at the George IV pub.


Auditing courses

As well as your assessed modules, you are allowed to audit as many courses as you want from Departments across LSE. You will never run out of interesting lectures to attend!

Department Events

We run a regular events series during term time including the Popper Seminar, the Choice Group, Conjectures and Refutations and The Sigma Club. These provide a great opportunity to hear about current research being done in philosophy from our faculty and PhD students, as well top philosophers from across the world.

The Forum for Philosophy is also based in our Department Building, the Lakatos Building, and host events on a weekly basis during term.

Beyond the MSc


LSE Graduates are highly employable, even more so if you’re an LSE Philosophy Graduate! See it for yourself and search by Department and degree programme on the LSE website.

LSE has a world-class Careers Service to help you find employment after studying here. In the Department, we have an annual Careers Evening with alumni from all of our programmes where you can find out the myriad careers our graduates pursue and network with some alumni.

PhD Route

Each PhD has different prerequisites; the LSE PhD programme’s prerequisites are described on our website. Many of our current and past PhD students joined us after having completed an LSE MSc degree, and MSc degree graduates are extremely competitive in other top PhD programmes as well.

Many who do a PhD in Philosophy wind up doing interdisciplinary work between these two fields, as there is really no better environment than LSE to do this kind of thing. Some students pursue a second MSc degree depending on their needs, but this is not as common as holding a single MSc degree.


On the call, the were several questions about renting in London. We have a range of student accommodation to choose from, all the latest information can be found on LSE Residences. Many students choose to rent privately and there a huge range of online Facebook groups where LSE students are looking to rent together.

As to where you should live in London…there is no consensus on the best place to live. Even for those of us who have lived here for years, it is impossible to say where is best! LSE is located in Holborn in virtually the centre of London, and, unsurprisingly, there are excellent transport links to get to campus. So, wherever you decide to live, you should find it relatively straightforward to get to campus. Our advice is to do your research, and it doesn’t matter whether you pick Brixton or Bermondsey, Shoreditch or Camden, Hackney or Holborn…you’ll find what’s right for you!


Please do drop us a line if you have any other questions!