MSc and PhD programmes in Methodology

Virtual Graduate Open Events

Meet the Department at one of our online open events! Read more and book your spot through LSE's Virtual Graduate Open Events webpage.

17 November, 11.30-12.30 UK Time: PhD Study
23 November, 11.30-12.30 UK Time: MSc Social Research Methods
23 November, 14.30-15.30 UK Time: MSc Applied Social Data Science

These events will address the programmes offered by the Department of Methodology, the content and structure of these programmes and student life in the department. 

Attendance is free and does not form part of the School’s selection process. To attend the sessions, please register in advance.

Please note that these sessions will not address the admissions process - please register for an Applying to LSE for Graduate Study session or LSE Discovery Session for information about applying to LSE.


The Department of Methodology runs two master's programmes (MSc in Social Research Methods and MSc in Applied Social Data Science) and two Doctoral programmes (MPhil/PhD in Social Research Methods and MPhil/PhD Demography (Social/ Formal)), plus a Visiting Research Student in Social Research Methods scheme.

Our students join the Department of Methodology from all over the world and at varying stages in their careers. The Department provides an extensive range of courses attracting students from a variety of other LSE departments.


Registered LSE students and staff may apply to audit certain courses in the Department of Methodology. Find out more on our Auditing page.

Visiting Research Student in Social Research Methods

This scheme allows research students at other universities to spend up to one academic session at the School. Registration as a visiting research student in the Department of Methodology is for research and doctoral students registered at overseas universities wishing to undertake some aspect of their research in the UK.

The application procedure is to apply for the MPhil/PhD, as detailed in the Graduate Prospectus, but to use the application code for visiting status - L3EH: Visiting Research Student in Methodology. You should provide, as part of your application, a written proposal of no more than 1500 words, which gives details of your proposed research question(s), the relevant literature and previous research in the field, planned research methods and theoretical/conceptual framework to be adopted. This will enable us to make an informed decision about your proposal and is equally important to establish if there are appropriate supervisors for your planned research.

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