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MSc Social Research Methods

About the MSc programme

This programme is based in LSE's Department of Methodology and offers the following benefits:

  • an advanced training in quantitative and qualitative social research methods, in the context of a disciplinary specialisation
  • the MSc is designed as a training for doctoral research and as a pre-professional training for careers in social research in the public and private sectors
  • study within LSE's Department of Methodology, which is a base for cross-disciplinary research and teaching in the broad area of social science methodology
  • the Department has links with both governmental and private sector research groups
  • the programme is taught with other departments in the School

Programme details

You take compulsory courses in research design, quantitative analysis and qualitative research methods. You also submit a research report of 10,000 words, and you have the chance to take workshops on computer packages for quantitative and qualitative analysis during the year.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one unit from a range of optional courses: sociology, social psychology, philosophy, social policy, statistics, decision and policy sciences, government, international development, management, opulation or methodology.

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

Almost 50 per cent of the graduates of this programme have entered PhD programmes, or are working in social research in universities or national and local government.


Application code: L3T1 (check availability)

Start date: 24 September 2015

Duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time

Intake/applications in 2013: 22/85

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in social science. Relevant professional experience can also be considered (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £12,024; overseas £18,600

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support). The MSc Social Research Methods is accredited for ESRC funding as part of a four-year award (see ESRC)

Application deadline: None. For consideration for ESRC funding, 12 January 2015  

Note: This programme is designed as training for doctoral research or pre-professional training careers in social research

A photo of Sue Gauge, an LSE student