The LSE Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method offers a variety of world-class MSc degrees that provide the opportunity for deep thinking and rigorous training, whilst offering very high employment prospects.

Degrees Offered

MSc Economics & Philosophy

The MSc in Economics & Philosophy is taught jointly by Economics and by Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, both internationally recognised as among the world’s very best in their respective disciplines, and enjoys an extremely high graduate placement rate. Learn More…

MSc Philosophy & Public Policy

The MSc in Philosophy & Public Policy provides a foundation in the conceptual and normative questions underlying public policy formulation and prepares students for policy-oriented careers in intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as for PhD work in philosophy or related disciplines. Learn More…

MSc Philosophy of Science

The LSE Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method is a historic and world-class centre for philosophy of science. Having been home to the influential philosophers of science Karl Popper and Imre Lakatos and still bustling with cutting edge research, the LSE is an incredible place to do an MSc in Philosophy of Science. Learn More…

MSc Philosophy of the Social Sciences

With LSE widely recognised as the world’s leading specialist social science university, the MSc in Philosophy of Social Sciences is the ideal degree with which to pursue questions about human societies, and to apply philosophical reasoning to understanding the nature of the social sciences themselves. Learn More…

Graduate Destinations

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MSc degree-holders from Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method enjoy very high employment rates, with 88% of MSc graduates from the department in employment or completing further study just six months after graduation, at an average full-time salary of £29,000.

Philosophy graduates from our department have found work in in fields like:

  • higher education (research and teaching)
  • the media
  • management consultancy
  • banking and other financial services
  • local and national government

The department’s emphasis on creative thinking, rigorous scientific method and skills relevant to many social problems makes our MSc students some of the best prepared in the world for the modern job market. Read what The Times has said about our high graduate employment rates.

Specific alumni employment data are available on the individual graduate programme pages.

What It’s Like


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The Courses

The department offers many exciting master’s courses, involving a wide number of philosophical topics and their intersection with the sciences and social sciences.

Each week, each of your courses will provide a minimum of a one hour lecture and a related class, plus an hour and a half seminar with your lecturer. You’ll also learn the subtleties of writing a masters dissertation in your degree programme’s Dissertation Seminar. Masters students get lots of face-to-face time with Faculty at LSE, and all lectures are done by Faculty.

All lecturers also offer weekly office hours for feedback and advisory sessions, in which you can further discuss material from the lectures and classes. You will also have a personal academic advisor to provide assistance and guidance.

There is some variation in assessment for different courses, but most typically, you will have an examination for each course in June of the year in which you have taken it, as well as an essay due at the beginning of May. For each course, you will have to complete several essays and/or exercises as part of your class work.

Some sample lectures

Free will in a deterministic world?

Lecture at LSE featuring Prof Christian List.

On the Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in Science

Lecture with Dr Bryan W. Roberts.

BBC Interview, ‘Game Theory’

Featuring Prof Richard Bradley, together with Ian Stewart and Andrew Colman, interviewed by Melvyn Bragg.

Application Process

Applications for our MSc degrees open around mid-October and usually close in late April. To improve your prospects, students are encouraged to apply early in the application cycle. Further information about the application process is available on the Graduate Admissions website.

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