First year (MRes)
In the first year, you will take a series of courses and prepare a Research Prospectus. You will be trained in research design and research methods and also take courses from a broad range of graduate specialisms in our Department and across LSE.
You will study with acknowledged leaders in their fields and learn what political scientists know (and don’t know), what the key debates have been and where the discipline is going.
Research Design in the Social Sciences
Turns good research questions into systematic projects that deliver interesting and worthwhile results.
Courses to the value of one unit from a range of quantitative, qualitative or political theory research methods topics
Courses to the value of one unit from a range of options within the Department of Government
Research Prospectus in Political Science
A research paper, not to exceed 10,000 words, related to the student's designated major field.
Subject to satisfactory performance, you will be upgraded to the PhD programme and will implement your research plan, for example through fieldwork, data collection and analysis, theoretical work, or a combination of several approaches. You will participate and present your work in doctoral workshops with faculty and fellow researchers (at least one each year), and you will start to attend and present papers at international conferences.
You will also be eligible to help teach undergraduate courses in the Department. In your second year, you have the option of taking Political Economy (permission to attend is at the discretion of the course convenor.)
You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the section of the current School Calendar.
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