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About the MSc programme

This MSc Social Research Methods programme draws on the range of expertise available within the Department, as well as related academic departments, in order to provide an advanced training in social research methodologies, combined with the opportunity to focus on a substantive social science area.

This MSc programme is offered by the Department of Methodology, which is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in research and teaching in the area of social science research methodology. The Department is also home to a number of funded research projects and faculty who publish in top journals from across the social sciences.

Central to the Department's activities is the MSc Social Research Methods, which offers streams in: Social Policy, Population and Gender. The MSc programme will provide you with the opportunity to develop sophistication in research design and quantitative and qualitative research, and to undertake courses in one or more social science disciplines. You will acquire skills of ‘practical scholarship’ and the ability to design, conduct, analyse and report a social research project.

The programme has two parts: the first part, you will complete two half-unit courses in quantitative research methods, a half-unit course in qualitative research methods, a half-unit course in social science research design and a dissertation. The second part of the programme, for all students other than those on the Gender, Population or Social Policy streams (which have their own lists of options), courses to the value of one full unit can be taken from a range of optional courses.

The syllabus for the MSc goes some way beyond the ESRC's requirements for the first year of a 1+3 PhD programme, and it is designed as training for doctoral research and as pre-professional training for careers in social research in the public and private sectors.

Graduate destinations

Almost 50 per cent of the graduates of this programme have entered PhD programmes, or are working in social research in universities or national and local government.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme


Visit the MSc Social Research Methods page on the London School of Economics and Political Science website for more details!

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