In the first year, you will take a range of methodology and specialist courses. These are selected in discussion with your supervisor, are dependent on your research needs and interests, and may include courses from other institutes or departments at LSE. You must attend the first year research classes for MPhil students taught within the Sociology Department and you will be expected to make an active contribution to these by presenting papers and/or taking part in general discussions. Unless you have already successfully studied research methods at master's level, you will normally be expected to complete graduate course units in methodology, on the advice of your supervisor.
After the first year, you will spend more time on independent study under the guidance of your personal supervisor/s. This will involve the collection, organisation, analysis and writing up of data and ideas. You will also attend regular workshops and seminars related to your interests.
At the end of your second year (full-time), you will need to satisfy certain requirements and if you meet these, will be retroactively upgraded to PhD status.
Research Class for MPhil Students
Aims to provide students with a conceptual and practical framework within which to think through planning their research.
You may also be required or advised by your supervisor to take methods courses and specialist taught courses relevant to your topic.
Transferable skills courses
Optional (not examined)
Computing Packages for Qualitative Analysis
Provides research students with an appreciation of various computer packages through introduction and hands-on training in the use of these tools.
Workshop in Information Literacy: finding, managing and organising published research and data
Develops students' research skills and introduce the essential sources and tools when undertaking research, and the skills required to use them.
Optional (not examined)
Data Analysis Workshop
Provides background sessions for MPhil/PhD students in their first year of study. It also provides the forum in which first year full-time and second year part-time MPhil/PhD students must present their work in advance of submitting their major review documents.
Third and fourth years
Becoming a Professional Sociologist (not examined)
This course will bring in two members of the Sociology faculty to discuss key aspects in developing a career as a Sociologist.
You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.
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