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MSc Social Research Methods (Population)

The MSc in Social Research Methods (Population) programme is offered by the Department of Methodology and is made up of courses in advanced training in both quantitative and qualitative methods of social research along with specialist taught courses in population research. This covers the applications of a wide range of research approaches with examples drawn from across the field of population studies. Students also submit a research report of 10,000 words on a topic related to social policy.

Please refer to the Calendar for full programme details.
Please refer to the Graduate Prospectus entry for the list of compulsory courses and options available to the programme.

Please refer to the Department Index of courses for information about course suspension, withdrawal and capping (limited places) as it becomes available.

All taught courses in the Department of Social Policy are 'capped'. This means that there are a fixed number of places available. In the first instance, priority for acceptance is given to students of the Department. The Department is unable to guarantee that a place will be offered on a course unless it is a compulsory element of a programme of study.


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Programme Director

Dr Alasdair Jones
Assistant Professor in Qualitative Research Methodology
Department of Methodology



Graduate Teaching Administrator

Esther Heyhoe





Department of Methodology
The Social Research Methods programme is based in LSE's Department of Methodology.


ESRC funding
The MSc Social Research Methods (Population) is accredited for ESRC funding as part of a four year award. The 1+3 scheme provides funding for a one year research training Masters linked to a three year PhD and is designed for students who have not already completed an ESRC-recognised programme of research training.

Population Investigation Committee

ESRC/PIC funding

ESRC/PIC Masters Studentship Scheme in Population Studies.


Value: £15,000