MSc Social Research Methods (Social Policy)

The MSc in Social Research Methods (Social Policy) 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.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

• Quantitative Analysis from basic to advanced (two half units)
• Qualitative Research Methods*
• Fundamentals of Social Science Research Design*
• Dissertation
• Social Policy Research

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 spaces) 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 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 Dominik Hangartner
Lecturer in Quantitative 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 (Social Policy) 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.