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Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method

Number of graduate students (full-time equivalent)
Taught: 75
Research: 18

Number of faculty (full-time equivalent): 17

REF:  74 per cent of the Department's research was rated world-leading or internationally excellent

Location: Lakatos Building

About the Department

The Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method is a world-leading centre for research in three broad areas of philosophy: decision, rational choice and game theory; philosophy of science; and moral and political philosophy. It is committed to research that makes a significant difference not only to philosophy and the philosophies of the various sciences, but also to the practice of the sciences themselves – from economics and political science to physics, biology and medicine – as well as to the wider world. The Department’s teaching is research-led: courses cover cutting-edge material and are taught by experts in the field.

The range of graduate master's degrees offered by the Department reflects its strengths: it offers four different MSc programmes, each dedicated to the teaching of one of its particular specialties. The MSc programmes are complemented by MPhil/PhD programmes which create an active intellectual environment with students working in philosophy of science, philosophy of economics, philosophy and public policy, moral and political philosophy, decision theory and formal epistemology.

The Department is closely associated with the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, which hosts leading visiting scholars and supports a range of research projects, seminars and lecture series, and the Forum for European Philosophy, which runs a full and varied programme of philosophy and interdisciplinary events in the UK.

MPhil/PhD Philosophy
MPhil/PhD Philosophy of the Social Sciences

Visiting Research Students 

We accept MPhil/PhD students wishing to work in any of the fields in which the department has special expertise, including philosophy of the natural sciences (especially physics and biology); moral and political philosophy; philosophy and public policy; philosophy of the social sciences (especially economics); decision theory, evolutionary and game theory; and formal epistemology.

The Department is a small, highly-integrated and friendly place to pursue a research degree. Students attend research seminars with faculty, and there are several specialist research groups MPhil/PhD students are encouraged to join. We have very close links with the Centre for the Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS).

Students in both the MPhil and PhD levels receive the opportunity to teach the undergraduate discussion classes that are run in parallel with lectures. An essential part of becoming a good philosopher is learning how to teach, share and discuss ideas with those interested in philosophy at all levels, and the discussion classes you lead at LSE will provide ample opportunity.

Taught programmes

Philosophy is also available as a specialist field within the MSc Social Research Methods.



MPhil/PhD Philosophy
MPhil/PhD Philosophy of the Social Sciences
Visiting Research Students

Application code: V7ZP (Philosophy), V5ZS (Philosophy of the Social Science), V7EP (VRS) (check availability)

Start date: 21 September 2017

Duration: 3 - 4 years (minimum 2), VRS up to 9 months (renewable)

Entry requirement: Taught master’s degree in philosophy with a distinction overall and in the dissertation component

English requirement: Research

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: See Tuition fees

Financial support: LSE PhD Studentships (see Financial support)

Application deadline: 26 April 2017. However, if you wish to be considered for funding you must submit a complete application by 9 January 2017. Selection for funding is based on receipt of an application for a place – including all ancillary documents