Admissions for 2020/21 academic year are now open.
The Department of Methodology currently runs two master's programmes (MSc in Social Research Methods and MSc in Applied Social Data Science) and one PhD programme (PhD in Social Research Methods), attracting around 60 students each year from different academic backgrounds and from a wide range of countries. Methodology has an extensive range of over 20 courses attracting students from a variety of other LSE departments.
MSc in Applied Social Data Science
The MSc in Applied Social Data Science offers students with a background in social sciences the chance to use data to answer social, economic or political questions using the tools of data analysis, data science and computation. The programme offers a series of courses in project-based programming, applied quantitative methods, and research principles in data science, designed for students without a formal computing or statistical background. Students also have the opportunity to choose electives from other departments, reflecting their interests and backgrounds in a substantive research area. Capstone projects provide students with the opportunity to apply the technical skills they have learned to a project of their own design.
More information on the MSc in Applied Social Data Science and how to apply is available here.
MSc in Social Research Methods
MSc Social Research Methods provides students with the opportunity to develop sophistication in research design and quantitative and qualitative research, and to undertake courses in one or more social science disciplines. Students will acquire skills of ‘practical scholarship’ and the ability to design, conduct, analyse and report a social research project. This programme draws on the range of expertise available within the Department, as well as related academic departments, in order to provide an advanced training in social research methodologies, combined with a focus on substantive social science disciplinary interests.
More information on the MSc in Social Research Methods and how to apply is available here.
PhD in Social Research Methods
This programme offers the chance to undertake a substantial piece of work that is worthy of publication and which makes an original contribution to the field of methodology or which applies advanced methodology to an applied research problem. Students will begin on the MPhil, and will need to meet certain requirements to be upgraded to PhD status. Students will benefit from the knowledge and expertise of staff whose disciplinary backgrounds include political science, statistics, sociology, social psychology, anthropology and criminology. There are a variety of advanced-level courses, seminars and workshops in research design, quantitative analysis and qualitative methods available to attend.