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The III supports a diverse range of interdisciplinary teaching, with programmes at Master's and PhD level.

Studying at the III is a fantastic experience as it brings together research and teaching from across LSE in an attempt to tackle one of the most pressing challenges we face.

Our programmes include the MSc in Inequalities and Social Science, the Atlantic Fellows Programme, and the III Doctoral Programme.

See below for more information on our teaching programmes:

MSc Inequalities and Social Science

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.

The MSc Inequalities and Social Science is a comprehensive and wide-ranging programme, providing an introduction to a range of interdisciplinary approaches to the social scientific analysis of inequality. The MSc programme, co-organised by the International Inequalities Institute and LSE's Department of Sociology, includes expertise from leading academics across LSE, giving students the opportunity to study inequalities from a wide range of perspectives.

A limited number of fully-funded places on the MSc are available to successful applicants of the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme (AFSEE). AFSEE is an innovative Fellowship bringing together policy-makers, activists and movement-builders from around the world to explore and challenge the root causes of inequality.

Programme Director: Dr Sam Friedman

See here for information on the programme and how to apply.

Read about our MSc students' experiences and graduate destinations.

Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity

Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity (AFSEE) is a fully-funded programme that brings together mid-career activists, policy-makers, movement-builders and social change leaders from around the world to the LSE to work across disciplines and borders to understand and address the root causes of inequality.

Our fellowship programme includes Residential Fellows and Non-Residential Fellows. Residential Fellows will undertake a full-time, one-year MSc in Inequalities and Social Science at LSE, in addition to particpating in the four AFSEE Modules. Non-Residential Fellows are offered a unique opportunity to investigate inequalities over a period of 12 months via a set of distinct, comprehensive AFSEE Modules and practice-based project work.

Find out more about the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme.

Applications for the 2024-25 programme will open in Autumn 2023. 

III Doctoral Programme

The III Doctoral Seminar is an interdisciplinary seminar for PhD students from across the School whose research relates to inequality in some way. Students holding "Analysing and Challenging Inequality” (ACI) PhD Studentships are expected to attend, and applications are invited from any other MPhil or PhD students enrolled in any department at LSE, regardless of year of study.

The seminar is a forum for the exchange of ideas and for discussion of research questions and methods across a School-wide community of (junior and more senior) researchers interested in inequality, its causes and consequences. It brings together people working in disciplines such as economics, political science and political economy, sociology, anthropology, law, philosophy, and psychology. The overarching aim of the programme is to increase our understanding of the mechanisms that link the economic dimensions of inequality with their social, cultural, and political context.  The programme is led by Professor Francisco Ferreira and Dr Xavier Jara-Tamayo, both based at the International Inequalities Institute (III).

Seminar Structure

There will be 10 fortnightly seminars over the course of the academic year: five in Michaelmas and five in Lent Term. Early in Michaelmas Term (MT) the seminars will combine informal teaching and discussion. Leading III-affiliated researchers including Prof Francisco Ferreira, Prof Mike Savage, and Prof Alpa Shah will present their perspectives on different methodological approaches to the study of inequality, and interdisciplinary discussion will be strongly encouraged. The seminars provide a great opportunity to meet III researchers in person and connect with like-minded peers. 

In the latter part of Michaelmas and during Lent Term, the seminars will be based on student presentations: two in each two-hour session. Pre-arranged peer discussants and guest faculty will be at hand to comment. We will begin with presentations from students in the later years of their PhD programme, and gradually offer opportunities for second and first-year students to present early work or preliminary research ideas. These sessions provide students with an opportunity to receive friendly and constructive feedback from a broad range of peers and more established scholars.

The fortnightly seminars will take place on Thursdays at 12.00-2.00pm in the PhD Academy teaching room (the seminar on 24 November will take place 2-4pm).

Students joining the seminar continue to be based in their home departments. In addition to all normal departmental expectations, they have an opportunity to present their work and hear about the research of their peers in this interdisciplinary setting. To fully benefit from the group interaction, participants are expected to commit to attending as many seminar sessions as possible.

Read about current doctoral students participating in the programme here

PhD Studentships on ‘Analysing and Challenging Inequalities’

For 2023 entry, LSE is offering three doctoral studentships for PhD study in any Department for research addressing ‘Analysing and Challenging Inequalities’.

Topics may cover any aspect of economic, social, cultural and/or political inequality, in any part of the world, at any time, addressing whether, why and how such inequalities are intensifying. Students may propose to use quantitative, qualitative, archival, or mixed methods.

Students will apply to specific Departments and will also be affiliated to LSE’s International Inequalities Institute. They will be part of a dynamic research culture exploring the links between the economic dimensions of inequalities with their social, cultural and political aspects to systematically assess whether and how inequalities might be hardening in mutually reinforcing ways. They will join  five previous cohorts of LSE-funded ‘Analysing and Challenging Inequalities’ Scholars developing research on this theme and participate in the Institute’s doctoral programme.

As well as being supervised by experts in their home Departments, they will be actively mentored by a group of leading scholars with proven records of research on inequality. 

Departments are invited to submit nominations for applicants working on any aspect of inequality to be considered for an award.