The Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method is a world-leading centre for research in the following three broad areas:
Philosophy of Science , especially philosophy of physics and philosophy of the social sciences.
Decision, Rational Choice, and Game Theory , including evolutionary theory and the philosophy of probability.
Moral and Political Philosophy , including public policy and democratic theory.
If your ambition is to pursue research - and possibly an eventual academic career in these or related fields - then you should consider applying to our MPhil/PhD programme.
Our MPhil/PhD degree usually lasts four years. Students begin at MPhil level and are promoted to PhD status after successfully completing their first year. A successful thesis, no matter how sharply focused, must be based on wider expertise. We therefore require students to take an element of coursework in at least their first year, as well as beginning work on their thesis. This includes both examined courses (typically from one of our MSc degrees) and seminar courses with extended essays. You will attend research methods seminars given by members of the Department on frontier topics in the field and be asked to write papers for these seminars. The second, third and fourth years are usually spent writing your thesis and working on papers for presentation at conferences and eventual submission to journals.
How to apply. You must apply officially via Graduate Admissions.
Entry conditions. The degree is highly selective. For example, offers made to applicants from our own MSc programmes are subject to the student receiving an overall distinction in their degree as well as a distinction in the dissertation component. Your application should include a research proposal and a writing sample. It should also include an indication of your likely research topic, though there is scope for changes during the first year. In consultation with your academic supervisor, you will need to settle on a definite research topic by the end of that year. A precise topic can be accepted only if someone in the Department is well-placed to supervise such a project.
Funding. If you receive an offer, we will contact you to try to secure as much funding for your studies as possible. At present, over two-thirds of our students are fully, or close to fully, funded by scholarships. It is, moreover, an ambition of the School to increase the percentage of fully funded students in future years. We consider all applications for the funding for which they are eligible, and the School has a generous Research Student Scholarship scheme. Those whose applications are complete (including references) by mid-January have the best chance of securing funding.
Environment. The Department is a small, highly-integrated and friendly place to pursue a research degree. Students attend research seminars with faculty, and there are several specialist research groups MPhil/PhD students are encouraged to join. We have very close links with the Centre for the Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS). The LSE and London more widely have many pockets of thriving philosophical work – e.g. the LSE’s Forum for European Philosophy, the Institute of Philosophy at the School of Advanced Study, the Aristotelian Society, and the Royal Institute of Philosophy. You should be able to get some sense of Department life by exploring this website. If you are currently in or able to visit London, you are certainly welcome to come along to our events and introduce yourself afterwards.
Travel fund. The School has a fund for research students who have been invited to present papers at conferences. If your application to that fund is unsuccessful (for instance, because it is late in the academic year and the fund has been exhausted) you may then apply for the Department’s own travel fund for research students.
Teaching. Students on the MPhil and the PhD are expected to teach our undergraduate discussion classes that are run in parallel with lectures. Part of becoming a good philosopher is learning how to teach and to share and discuss ideas with those interested in philosophy at all levelss.
Supervisors. Each student has a primary and secondary supervisor, decided in consultation with the Department. The choice of secondary supervisor can be quite flexible (and occasionally includes academics from outside the Department). The primary supervisor is a senior member of staff. Both primary and secondary supervisory arrangements can change in the course of the degree as your thesis develops.
Get in touch. If you have identified someone you would like to supervise you from our academic staff pages, you are welcome to informally approach that person via email. General inquiries can be sent to Philosophy-Dept@lse.ac.uk.
Research Interests: applied political philosophy and ethical theory, especially population ethics.
MA (Oxon) Philosohpy, Politics and Economics (2007) MSc (LSE) Philosophy and Public Policy (2011)
Research Interests: Philosophy of Medicine, especially Evidence-Based Medicine and Evidence Hierarchies; Pseudoscience and 'Alternative' Medicine.
MPhil in HPS at Cambridge (2011); BSc in Philosophy at LSE (2010).
Susanne (PhD 2010-) obtained a B.A. in Economics from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) in 2009, and completed an MSc in Economics & Philosophy at the LSE in 2010. Her areas of interests include philosophical methodology, moral epistemology, and normative ethics.
Chlump obtained his BA in Economics (summa cum laude, with departmental honors) from Northwestern University in 2004. After working for several years as a strategy consultant, he obtained his MA in Philosophy from NYU in 2010. Now at the LSE, he finds himself once again very clearly a game theorist.
The aim of his dissertation is to develop a consistent, robust, and sensible solution concept for noncooperative games that can serve as an alternative to the standard solution concepts and ultimately as a new foundation for game theory.
Areas of interest: game theory, logic, mathematics.
Research Interests: Rational and social choice theory; game theory.
MSc Philosophy of the Social Sciences at LSE in 2012; BSc in Economics at Universidade do Minho (Portugal) in 2011.
My interests are predominantly at the intersection between philosophy and real-world political problem solving. I am particularly interested in moral and political theory, and evidence based policy development. My PhD research is on evidence based health policy.
Johannes obtained his first degree in Philosophy and Economics from the University of Bayreuth in 2010 and a masters degree in Philosophy and Public Policy from the LSE in 2011.
PhD (2011-): Agency of polities: is the state a group agent?
AOS: Collective and individual agency, philosophy of the social sciences.
AOC: Philosophy of public policy, philosophy of economics, decision theory, global justice.
Alexandru (PhD 2012-) completed a BA in Philosophy (University of Bucharest, 2008), an MSc in Logic (ILLC, 2010) and an MSc in Philosophy of Science (LSE, 2012). His areas of interest include Formal Epistemology, Decision and Game theory, Philosophy of Science and Logic.
PhD (2012-): Theories and models: representation in science.
Areas of interest: general philosophy of science, philosophical and mathematical logic, philosophy of language, metaphysics, philosophy of maths.
MA in Philosophy from King's College London (2011); BA in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge (2010)
Research Interests: Philosophy of Action, Philosophy of Economics, Philosophy of Social Science
BA (Hons) Economics, Girton College, University of Cambridge.
MA Research Masters: Philosophy and Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Research interests: evolutionary game theory, game theory, philosophy of the social sciences, philosophy of economics.
MSc in Philosophy of the Social Sciences from LSE (2010), BA in Political Science from Vilnius University (cum laude, 2009).
PhD (2011-): Measurement in social science.
Areas of interest: Philosophy of social science, general philosophy of science, philosophy of metrology, epistemic and non-epistemic value judgements in science, civil war studies.
MSc in History and Philosophy of Science from Utrecht University (2011); BA in Philosophy of Mathematics from Leiden University (2010) and BSc in Mathematics from Leiden University (2009).
Areas of interest: Experimental philosophy; philosophy of science; data science.
Hlynur Orri Stefánsson
PhD (2010-): Decision theory and counterfactual evaluation.
Areas of interest: Decision theory and formal epistemology; moral philosophy; philosophy of science and economics; philosophical logic; probability and chance.
MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from LSE (2009); BA in Philosophy from the University of Iceland (2008).
Aarne obtained a BSc in Philosophy from the LSE in 2005 and an MSc in Computational Linguistics and Formal Grammar from the King's College London in 2007.
PhD (2011-): Confirmation and trustworthiness of chaotic models.
Areas of interest: General Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Physics, Mathematical Logic, Philosophy of Mathematics.
Stuart's research focuses on philosophical problems in financial models and financial markets, and philosophy of social science generally. His interests range from problems of induction in time series analysis used in financial models to the ontological status of market prices.
Annemarie (PhD 2010-) obtained a B.A.(Hons) in Philosophy from the University of Malta in 2008, and completed a joint MSc in Philosophy and History of Science at King's College London / LSE in 2010. Her areas of interest include Philosophy of the Natural and Social sciences, modelling and experimentation as well as the Philosophy of Public Policy.
PhD: Constructing organisation in cellular metabolism
Research Interests: causality, nonlinear dynamics, mechanistic explanation in neurobiology and molecular biology.
MSc in Operational Research from LSE; MA in Philosophy from Birkbeck College London
Theses can be found on here on the LSE Library's website. We encourage all alumni to submit their completed thesis to the Library.
From 2011 onwards, you can find two pieces of information beneath the name of each alum: their initial position after completing their studies with us, and their website.
Consultant at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.
University of Calgary (Postdoctoral Fellow)
University of Bayreuth (Junior Professor)
Hebrew University (Assistant Professor)
The One World Trust (Researcher)
University of York (Temporary lecturer)
Erasmus University Rotterdam (Assistant Professor)
First position: Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University (2-year Greenwall Fellowship)
Current position: Li Ka Shing Institute, St. Michael's Hospital at the University of Toronto (Research Associate)
University of Bristol (Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow)
Marilena Di Bucchianico
Rutgers University (Postdoc, Center for Cultural Analysis)
UCL (Lecturer in Philosophy of Science and Medicine)
Montreal University (Assistant Professor)
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Postdoc, Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas)
Maastricht University (Lecturer in Philosophy)
London School of Economics (LSE Fellow in Managerial Economics and Strategy)
Carleton University (Assistant Professor; tenure track)
Shaun Le Boutillier
Anglia Ruskin University (Senior Lecturer in Sociology)
University of Kent (part-time 1-year lectureship)
London School of Economics (part-time teaching in philosophy)
NYU in London (part-time lecturer)
University of Helsinki (Postdoc, Funded by the Academy of Finland)
University of South Carolina (Assistant Professor; tenure track)
Virginia Tech (Assistant Professor)
Institut d'Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques Paris (Researcher; ANR-funded "Foundphys" Project)
London School of Economics (LSE Fellow)
Consultant at McKinsey & Company
London School of Economics (Postdoc, AHRC funded)
Collège de France (Assistant Professor; 2-year research position)
Universite de Montreal (tenure-track position)
INSEAD, United Arab Emirates (Postdoctoral Fellow)
University of Montreal (Lecturer)
University of Stockholm (Lecturer)
University of Witten/Herdecke (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter at the Chair for Economics and Philosophy)
University of Bristol (Teaching Fellow in the Department of Philosophy)
London School of Economics (Lecturer)
University of St. Louis (Assistant Professor)
Erasmus University, Rotterdam (Assistant Professor; tenured)
Information about LSE PhD Studentships is available here.