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Psychological and Behavioural Science

Department website: lse.ac.uk/DPBS

Number of graduate students (full-time equivalent)
Research: 14

Number of faculty (full-time equivalent): 13

Location: Queen's House

About the Department

LSE is a thriving centre for research for the study of psychological and behavioural science and has an international reputation for its research-led teaching. Founded in 1964 the Department has been home to the first specialised degree in social psychology in the UK and the founding centre of societal psychology: the psychology of humans in complex socio-technical systems (organisations, communities, societies).

Our programmes emphasise the contribution of psychology and behavioural science to the understanding and analysis of contemporary social, cultural, economic and political issues. A core part of our research activity involves observing and changing behaviour in the real world.

The Department’s research interests are wide-ranging and include social representations, beliefs and attitudes, the influence of automatic processes and habits on behaviour, the emotional causes and consequences of decision making, the effectiveness of behaviour change interventions, the interface cognition and culture, communication, health, community development, consumption, science and society, new technologies, multiculturalism, ethnicity and race, gender and social identities. We combine multiple methodologies and draw on a diverse toolkit to consider real-world issues and train future global leaders.

MPhil/PhD Psychological and Behavioural Science

Visiting Research Students

The Department currently offers research opportunities in health, community and development; social and cultural psychology; organisational social psychology; and social and public communication. Which stream you will belong to depends largely on your topic of research and the area of coursework. We encourage transdisciplinary research, methodological triangulation, lab, online or real-world experiments, collaboration within and outside LSE, theoretical diversity and research that has an impact on society.

The Department has research partnerships with top institutions on all continents, and field work is often outside the UK. The editorial offices of three international journals are based at the Department. You will be encouraged to present at international conferences and publish in international journals. Part-time positions for research, teaching and editorial assistance are often available, offering you valuable experience and publication opportunities.

The Department prides itself as being at the cutting edge of new methods in digital ethnography, for which equipment and support are available in-house, including subcams and sensecams. You will have access to a large range of software, from the classic statistical packages and CAQDAS to text and video mining. 

Taught programmes


MPhil/PhD Psychological and Behavioural Science
Visiting Research Students

Application code: L7ZP (MPhil/PhD), L7EP (VRS) (check availability)

Start date: 21 September 2017. For January start, contact the Department

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

Entry requirement: Taught master's with merit and 2:1 degree in a relevant area, or equivalent

English requirement: Research

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: See Tuition fees

Financial support: LSE PhD Studentships (see Fees and Financial support)

Application deadline: 26 April 2017. However please note the funding deadlines: 9 January and 26 April 2017. Selection for funding is based on receipt of an application for a place – including all ancillary documents