Our students come from different backgrounds and many will have little to no formal teaching in philosophy. Don’t worry, we have got this covered.

One book that we recommend to all students starting our MSc programmes is The Philosopher’s Toolkit, by Julian Baggini and Peter S. Fosl. This will give you a good foundation for the programme and how we do philosophy at LSE.

The course PH103 The Big Questions. An Introduction to Philosophy is mandatory for our undergraduate students. Our graduate students are encouraged to audit the lectures or listen to the recordings, especially if they are from a non-philosophical background. You will not be able to take this course for credit as it is not at the right level for your programme (more details about course choice will be provided in due course).

Once you are registered, the Department can help facilitate student-led reading groups on specific topics. Speak to us when you are interested in setting up a group and we will be happy to assist you.