About the programme

The facilities at LSE are state of the art, the faculty most knowledgeable and helpful. Attending the programme makes me feel that I have utilised my summer in the best way possible.


All courses are full time, and will generally involve 3 hours of lectures and 1.5 hours of classes per day, though teaching format varies from course to course. Classes provide an opportunity for group discussions, a chance to work through problem sets and training in relevant software packages. Any software required will be available for use on the LSE network.


Assessment for most courses will be in the form of a 2-hour written examination on the last day of the course. Some courses may also involve some coursework during the programme. Whilst the examination is not compulsory, it is encouraged. Students who do not sit the examination will be entitled to an attendance certificate provided they have attended 80% of all classes. 

Certificates and Transcripts

On completion of the programme, a certificate and transcript will be provided. Students who complete all graded assessment (including the final exam) will receive an overall final grade which is shown on the certificate and transcript.
In the case of partial or non-completion of the graded assessment, an attendance certificate will be provided, though 80% of all classes must have been attended.


All Methods Summer Programme courses are taught by world-class academics. Our courses draw on the expertise of Faculty from many LSE departments, including:

Department of Economics
LSE’s Department of Economics is one of the largest in the world. It has an outstanding international reputation based on its research and publications and is acknowledged as the leading faculty in Europe. The department is consistently ranked in the top 20 economics departments worldwide, and has produced a number of Nobel laureates, including Professor Chris Pissarides, the joint winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Economics.

Department of Mathematics
The LSE Mathematics Department is internationally recognised for its teaching and research. Located within a world-class social science institution, the department aims to be a leading centre for mathematics in the social sciences.

Department of Methodology
The Department of Methodology was set up at LSE to coordinate and provide a focus for methodological activities at the School, in particular in the areas of research student training and of methodological research. The department is heavily involved in the School-wide Master's programme in Social Research Methods, and provides courses for research students from all parts of the School, with the aim of making LSE the pre-eminent centre for methodological training in the social sciences.

Department of Social Policy
The Department of Social Policy is the longest established in the UK and has received the highest possible rating in all Research Assessment Exercises carried out in the UK. In the last RAE in 2008 it led the field nationally with 50 per cent of its research recognised as world-leading, and 100 per cent ranked at international level. 

Department of Statistics
The Department of Statistics at LSE has an international reputation for development of statistical methodology that has grown from its long history of active contributions to research and teaching in statistics for the social sciences.

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