MRes/PhD in Political Science

Students complete and are examined in courses to the value of four full units.

Paper

Course number and title

1

Research Design

 

GV5X1

Research Design in Political Science

2

Methods courses

Students take courses under A, B or C to the value of one unit:

A) Quantitative research topics

EC540

Political Economy

MY452

Applied Regression Analysis (H)

MY557

Causal Inference for Observational and Experimental Studies (H) or

GV4G1

Applied Quantitative Methods for Political Science (H)  (n/a 14/15)

B) Qualitative research topics

EC540

Political Economy

GV513

Qualitative Methods in the Study of Politics (H)

MY451

Introduction to Quantitative Analysis (H)

C) Political theory research topics

GV4G3

Foundations of Political Theory

 

If these courses have already been taken, other methods courses may be substituted with the approval of the course convenor and the supervisor.

3

Field seminars

 

Courses to the value of 1 unit from the following:

 

GV5X2

Research Paper in Comparative Politics (half or full unit)

 

GV5X3

Research Paper European Politics and Policy (half or full unit)

 

GV5X4

Research Paper in Global Politics (half or full unit)

 

GV5X5

Research Paper Political Science and Political Economy (half or full unit)

 

GV5X6

Research Paper Political Theory (half or full unit)

 

GV5X7

Research Paper Public Policy and Administration (half or full unit)

 

Any course taught anywhere in the School, with the approval of the Course Convenor and the Supervisor.

 

Any course from 2, above, not already taken, or any research methods course taught anywhere in the School, with the approval of the Course Convenor and the Supervisor.

4

Research Prospectus

 

GV599

Research Prospectus in Political Science

 

 

Second, third and fourth year

 

A) Research and write a dissertation (GV599)

 

B) Participate in at least one Doctoral Workshop in the Government Department or elsewhere in the School in each year. e.g. GV501 Doctoral Workshop: Political Theory; GV503 Political Philosophy Research Seminar, GV510 Ethnicity and Nationalism Research Workshop, GV514 Political Science and Political Economy Doctoral Workshop, GV515 Researching People, Politics and Organisations, GV555 Political Economy and Public Policy Workshop.

 

 

 

Award of the MRes

 

The award and classification of the MRes is consistent with the School's Scheme for the Award of a four-unit Taught Masters Degree

 

 

 

Conditions for progression to PhD

 

1. Award of the MRes with at least a Merit

 

2. Award of GV599 with at least a Merit

 

 

 

Award of the PhD

 

The PhD is awarded according the rules of the LSE.