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PhD programmes

What we offer

LSE is one of the world's leading social science research and teaching centres. Student life at LSE is cosmopolitan and challenging, set at the heart of a major city and surrounded by some of the best facilities for studying to be found anywhere in the world.

World class research in economic, urban & development geography, environmental social science & climate change

We produce world class research in economic, urban and development geography, environmental social science and climate change. Our PhD students operate at the highest academic level, and benefit from being at the forefront of research in their chosen field.

PhD students are very much part of the department's research culture. All become members of one of our three research clusters and are involved with staff in relevant seminar and research workshops.

Students are only admitted in fields where there is a strong fit, in terms of interest and expertise, with the focus and capacity of the research clusters.

All programmes have a similar structure and include a strong taught and training element in the first year of study.

We offer five PhD programmes:

We also offer the following Visiting Research Student programmes: 


Funding is available from a variety of School administered sources. For information about this, please visit our MPhil/PhD admissions frequently asked questions page

PhD Job Market 

See our PhD candidates currently on the job market.

PhD destinations

Click here to see where our PhD students work after graduating.


See our MPhil / PhD admissions frequently asked questions.

Contact us

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7955 7587