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MSc Inequalities and Social Science

About the MSc programme

As a result of dramatic economic and social changes over recent years, the study of inequality has rapidly developed as one of the most important areas of inter-disciplinary social scientific study. Associated with the LSE's International Inequalities Institute, the   MSc Inequalities and Social Science offers a comprehensive and wide-ranging programme, providing an introduction to a range of interdisciplinary approaches to the social scientific analysis of inequality.

The programme will enable you to develop theoretical awareness of different conceptions of the meaning of inequality and its various dimensions in a fully international context. It will introduce you to the political economy of inequality and the role of political institutions in combating inequality, as well as different methods for the measurement of inequality, both quantitative and qualitative. It will provide you with the skills to go onto conducting research in the area of inequalities.

You will take a compulsory course in Social Scientific Analysis of Inequalities, at least one methods course and optional courses to the value of three units. You will also complete a dissertation of 10,000 words on a subject of interest related to the courses.

Programme details

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

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Graduate destinations

This is a new programme and we expect students to go into a wide variety of fields who are interested in addressing inequalities, including government, NGOs, politics, public administration, the social and health services, advertising, journalism, other areas of the media, law, publishing, industry, personnel and management.


Atlantic Fellows programme

The Atlantic Fellows programme is a fantastic opportunity to study the MSc Inequalities and Social Science and join a community of experienced, informed and motivated change makers looking to tackle the causes of inequalities wherever they are found. Fellows will be involved in regular networking opportunities, take part in the annual conference and meet with colleagues working on projects around the world.

The programme provides funding to cover the fees for the programme as well as providing a stipend to cover living costs and any reasonable travel expenses.

Applications are open until the 31st January 2016, with further information available on the Atlantic Fellows programme page. If you have any queries about the Fellowship, please contact afp@lse.ac.uk


Application code: L3UJ (check availability)

Start date: 21 September 2017

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

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline, with social science background and/or work experience in the social policy field advantageous but not essential (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £13,008 (provisional EU); overseas £20,112

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Financial support)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions

Intake/applications in 2016:  18/114