All prospective research students must apply using the graduate online portal. Please read the information below before you begin the online application so that you have all the necessary documents ready for consideration.
Completing your application
Your application must include:
- a CV
- a personal statement
- details of academic achievement (including existing and pending qualifications with transcripts)
- 2 academic references
- sample of written work
- a research proposal of up to 4000 words
Your research proposal should give details of the particular issue/problem to be addressed; relevant literature and previous research in the field; the theoretical/conceptual framework to be adopted; the proposed research question(s); and the planned research methods to answer the research question(s). This will enable the Department to make an informed decision about the proposal and, equally important, to establish if there are appropriate supervisors available to supervise the planned research. Two supervisors are normally identified at this stage.
See further information on supporting documents
- Use the correct application code
L4ZA MPhil/PhD in Social Policy
M9ZD MPhil/PhD in Demography/Population Studies
L4EA Visiting Research Student Social Policy
- Do you meet the minimum requirements?
The minimum entry requirements for this programme are a 2:1 bachelor’s degree, plus Master’s degree marks equivalent to an LSE high merit grade (+ 65%), preferably in Social Policy or Public Policy, with an overall average of 65% (or equivalent) and 65 % in the dissertation (or equivalent).
- Do you meet the English language requirements?
Applicants whose first language is not English, or who have not been taught entirely in English at degree level, are required to provide evidence of their English language ability. The most common qualifications are the IELTS or TOEFL tests.
Applicants do not need to have the required marks when they apply, but successful award of the qualification would form a condition of any offer issued, and would have to be achieved before registration. For research level, candidates are expected to meet the research programmes requirement. See our English language requirements
- Identifying supervisors
The Social Policy department welcomes applications for research programmes that complement the academic interests of members of staff at the School, we recommend that you investigate staff research interests before applying.
Prospective candidates for the MPhil/PhD in Demography should look at the list of available supervisors in the Department on the Population at LSE webpage.
Please note: Prospective candidates for the MPhil/PhD in Social Policy are not expected to contact potential supervisors in advance of their application. Due to the high volume of enquiries, potential supervisors are unlikely to be able to provide feedback on enquiries and outline proposals.
- Part-time study
The Department allows part-time registration for those for whom full-time study is difficult because of other commitments. Students wishing to study part-time are encouraged to discuss their circumstances with the Department. As part of the application process they will be asked for documentary evidence in support of their request for part-time study; See Regulations for Research Students, paragraph 5. Students on a Tier 4 visa please check guidelines.
- Application and funding deadlines
Application will open on October 2019 with rolling admissions until 19 June 2020. Please note that the selection process for the LSE PhD and Research Council Studentships will take place in two rounds, and all students are advised to aim for the first round if possible.
The funding deadlines are 10 January 2020 and 27 April 2020. Selection for funding is based on receipt of a complete application (i.e including all supporting documents) by the deadline.
- Apply early if you require funding
Early application to this programme is recommended particularly if you want to be considered for funding. If funding is not required applications should be received before 19 June 2020 to allow for consultations to take place within the Department. If places are still available, the Department may consider applications submitted after this date. Please note, the Department does not normally allow self-funded students.
- When will I hear the outcome of the application?
We aim to process all complete applications in a timely manner, however the application process for research programmes can take up to three months. This is to enable the Department to make an informed decision about your proposal and, equally important, to establish if there are appropriate supervisors available for your research.
The Department normally interviews shortlisted applicants before any offer of a place is made.
- Programme start
Please note that the Department accepts application for starters at the beginning of the Michaelmas Term only.