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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:

  • It provides 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 the LSE 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, population or methodology.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Social Research Methods in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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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: 22 September 2016

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

Intake/applications in 2014: 18/92

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 £12,504; overseas £19,344

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, 11 January 2016

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