The MRes/PhD in Political Science offered by the LSE Department of Government is designed to provide a structured route into a PhD.
In the first year, you will take a series of courses and prepare a Research Prospectus. You will be trained in research design and research methods and also take courses from a broad range of graduate specialisms in our Department and across the LSE.
You will study with acknowledged leaders in their fields and learn what political scientists know (and don’t know), what the key debates have been and where the discipline is going.
At the end of the first year you will complete the assessments for your courses and finalise your Research Prospectus, the provisional research plan for your PhD. You will defend the prospectus at a committee of relevant faculty in September at the end of the first year.
If you are awarded the MRes with at least a Merit, achieve at least a Merit in your Research Prospectus and successfully defend it to the committee, you will be ‘upgraded’ to the PhD part of the programme.
For full information about the MRes/PhD programme structure, MRes courses and upgrade requirements please refer to the programme regulations and the MRes/PhD in Political Science admissions pages.
You will now be ready to implement your research plan, for example through fieldwork, data collection and analysis, theoretical work, or a combination of several approaches. You will be assigned a lead supervisor (and a second supervisor/adviser, or a supervisor team) who is a specialist in your chosen research field to guide you through your studies.
You will participate and present your work in Doctoral Workshops with faculty and fellow researchers, and you will start to attend and present papers at international conferences. You will also be eligible to help teach undergraduate courses in the department.
During your time at LSE, we will offer workshops about career progression. We will also help you prepare for the academic job market by offering “mock job talks” or interview practice meetings.
Your final award of the PhD will be determined by the completion of an original research thesis and a viva oral examination.