The MPhil/PhD programme can include taught courses on both methodology and theory. The precise courses you may be required to attend will vary and exemptions may apply depending on your prior experience and qualifications. These matters should be discussed and agreed with your supervisor in your first formal supervision meeting. You will also agree with your supervisor whether your first and second year compulsory courses will be examined.
If you are studying full-time, then after 15 months of studying, you will be upgraded to PhD status if you satisfy certain requirements.
(* denotes a half unit)
Transferable skills courses
Current Research in Social Psychology - Compulsory (not examined)
Weekly seminars including plenary and specialist sessions in the Michaelmas term, Lent term and Summer term.
Students are asked to complete 10 hours of research training each year. Courses are agreed with supervisors depending on a student's needs. Training courses are taught in departments across LSE, as well as through our PhD academy and with affiliate institutions. Access is subject to agreement with the relevant course convenors (eg according to space considerations).
Qualitative Research Methods*
Prepares students to design, carry out, report, read and evaluate qualitative research projects. Students learn how to collect data using methods including interviewing, focus groups, participant observation, and documentary and historical work.
Provides an introduction to the methodology of the design and analysis of social surveys. It is intended both for students who plan to design and collect their own surveys, and for those who need to understand and use data from existing large-scale surveys.
Applied Regression Analysis*
Focuses on deepening the understanding of the generalized linear model and its application to social science data. The main topics covered are linear regression modelling and binary, multinomial and ordinal logistic regression.
Multivariate Analysis and Measurement*
Examines the application of modern multivariate methods used in the social sciences, with particular focus on latent variable models for continuous observed variables, and their application to questions of measurement in the social sciences.
Contemporary Social and Cultural Psychology*
Focuses on the relationship between individual-society and culture as a universal, and as a particular context for human cognition, emotion and behaviour.
Organisational Social Psychology*
Focuses on understanding the interaction between organisations and the people who lead and work with them and in them.
The Social Psychology of Communication*
Examines core theories towards a social psychology of communication. Issues raised will refer to verbal and non-verbal, face-to-face, rumours and mass mediated, as well as private and public, communal and strategic forms of communication.
Psychological and Behavioural Science (non-credit bearing)
Each week we tackle key debates for the social sciences through an examination of key theories in Societal Psychology
Psychology of Economic Life*
Focuses on the analysis of economic phenomena with a social psychological lens, beyond homo economicus.
Foundations in Behavioural Science
Introduction to the main concepts and tools of behavioural science.
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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You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated graduate course and programme information page.