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MPhil/PhD in Psychological and Behavioural Science

Programme Code: RPPB

Department: Psychological and Behavioural Science

For students starting this programme of study in 2019/20

Guidelines for interpreting programme regulations

The MPhil/PhD programme includes taught courses on both methodology and theory. The precise courses students are required to attend varies and exemptions may apply depending on prior experience and qualifications. These matters should be discussed and agreed with the supervisor in the first formal supervision meeting.


Course number, title (unit value)

Years 1-4

Training courses

Students are asked to complete 10 hours of research training in each year of study, which should be agreed with your supervisor according to your needs.  These courses are taught in departments across LSE, as well as through our PhD Academy and with affiliate institutions.  Access is subject to agreement with the relevant course convenors (e.g., according to space considerations).  

Courses include:


MY521 Qualitative Research Methods (0.5)


MY552 Applied Regression Analysis (0.5) #


MY555 Multivariate Analysis and Measurement (0.5) #


MY556 Survey Methodology (0.5) #


PB401 Contemporary Social and Cultural Psychology (1.0)


PB402 Organisational Social Psychology (1.0)


PB403 Psychology of Economic Life (1.0)


PB404 The Social Psychology of Communication (1.0)


PB405 Foundations in Behavioural Science (1.0)


For PB401, PB402, PB403, PB404 and PB405, students also take the following non-credit-bearing course:


PB400 Psychological and Behavioural Science (0.0)

Transferable skills courses

Compulsory (not examined):


PB500 Current Research in Social Psychology (0.0)


Weekly seminars including plenary and specialist sessions in Michaelmas Term, Lent Term and Summer Term.

# means there may be prerequisites for this course. Please view the course guide for more information.

Progression and upgrade requirements  
The first year Extended Essay and the second year Upgrade chapters (see below) are examined by a three-person thesis committee, which includes the student's supervisor, as well as two other academic colleagues.

Targets for progress 
Year 1 
- Extended Essay of 6,000 words, submitted on first day of Lent Term.
Year 2 - Upgrade viva. Two draft chapters of 10,000 words each (total of 20,000 words), submitted on first day of Lent Term. These chapters form the basis of an oral examination by three person thesis committee usually four to six weeks after submission. Success in this examination results in upgrade from MPhil to PhD status.
Year 3- Completed first draft by end of three years.

Teaching experience
Graduates will usually gain some teaching experience and have had the opportunity to develop teaching skills.

Note for prospective students:
For changes to graduate course and programme information for the next academic session, please see the graduate summary page for prospective students. Changes to course and programme information for future academic sessions can be found on the graduate summary page for future students.