M.Sc. Law, Anthropology and Society

London School of Economics and Political Science

Application deadline: None - rolling admissions
Tuition fee:
  • € 11,641 / Year (EEA)
  • € 18,005 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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This programme is jointly run by the Department of Anthropology| and Department of Law|, and is administered in the Department of Anthropology. It offers the following benefits:

* Situated in the only institution devoted solely to the social sciences in the UK, the Anthropology and the Law Departments are distinguished by the research of their faculty and by their exceptionally international student recruitment.
* The programme offers an excellent and intensive introduction to the aspects of anthropological and social theory essential to the analysis of law in society.
* This interdisciplinary programme forms part of LSE's innovative graduate teaching and research in legal and social science theory.
* The programme provides an ideal preparation for practical or research work on law in the context of social relations.

About the MSc programme

The programme is intended for graduates with a good first degree in law or for graduates in anthropology and related disciplines who seek to study selected aspects of law and legal theory.

The programme offers a foundation in those elements of anthropological and socio-legal theory essential to an understanding of law in society, and provides training in appropriate research methods. The programme achieves this through: a core course combining lectures, classes and an innovative research seminar; the supervised crafting of an individual programme of two further courses in law or anthropology (or exceptionally another social science) selected according to the academic background and research interest of the student; and supervision of a dissertation.


Compulsory courses

* Law in Society: a joint course in Anthropology and Law
* Dissertation


(* half unit)

Choose courses to the value of two full units from:

* The Anthropology of Religion
* Anthropology: Theory and Ethnography
* The Anthropology of Kinship, Sex and Gender
* The Anthropology of Industrialisation and Industrial Life*
* Anthropology of Human Rights*
* Anthropology of Politics*
* Anthropology of Economy (1): Production and Exchange*
* Anthropology of Economy (2): Transformation and Globalisation*
* Children and Youth in Contemporary Ethnography*
* Ethnography of a Selected Region*
* Medical Anthropology*
* Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
* Alternative Dispute Resolution
* Regulating New Medical Technologies
* Law and Social Theory
* Modern Legal History
* Innovation, Technology and Patent Law
* Current Issues in Intellectual and Cultural Property Law
* Trademark Law
* Cultural Property and Heritage Law

Another course from law, anthropology or a related discipline may be taken instead of the above subject to the approval of your supervisor and the course teacher(s). Among law courses which students have taken in recent years are: Policing and Police Powers; International Law and the Protection of Refugees; Human Rights in the Developing World; Globalisation, Regulation and Governance; International Law: Theory and Practice; Employment Law; Constitutional Theory; and The Theory, History and Practice of Human Rights.

Please note that only a limited selection of the optional courses will be available each year.

If you have a first degree in law you must take at least one of the two option courses in anthropology along with the core course Law in Society; if you have a first degree in social science you must take at least one of the two courses in law. You will be closely advised by your supervisor so as to form a well designed programme in line with your previous studies and research interests.


Minimum entry requirement:

* 2:1 in Law, or 2:1 Anthropology or related discipline with an interest in studying selected aspects of law and legal theory

English requirement:

* TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 603 in the paper test or 100 in the internet based test. For full information on TOEFL and testing centres worldwide, please see * IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of 6.5. For full details about the British Council's English tests, please see

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

200 (Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 603
TOEFL iBT® test: 100

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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