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  2014
Credits: 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
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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.

Contents

Compulsory courses

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

Options

(* 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.

Requirements

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 (IETLS 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.

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

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) 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.

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

Funding

Fee reductions and rewards
LSE undergraduates starting taught postgraduate study at the School are eligible for a fee reduction in the region of ten per cent of the fee. These reductions are available for UK, EU and non-EU students. The School offers a range of rewards for early payment of fees for all self-financed students.

Scholarships for study at LSE

LSE makes available over £12 million annually in financial support for its students via a range of scholarships, bursaries and award schemes, details of which can be found on these pages. LSE's world class programmes attract a consistently high calibre of applicants, many of whom seek financial support from the School, so there is always much competition for our awards. Securing the necessary funds to attend LSE can be a difficult and time consuming process so you should start to think about it as early as possible. Please be aware that the School will be unable to offer you any financial assistance if you knowingly register under funded. The relevant link on the left will take you to the awards available for your chosen level of study.

The School would like to thank the many donors who have contributed to the New Futures Fund, which provides funds for a number of discretionary scholarships.

Diploma, LLM, MA, MSc and MSc (Research) programmes

There are a range of awards available for study at this level. Approximately 19% of taught masters offer holders are successful in obtaining some form of financial support from the School. The value of support ranges in value from 10% of the tuition fee to a full fees and maintenance award.

Graduate Support Scheme

LSE's major financial support scheme for study at taught masters level is the Graduate Support Scheme (GSS). This scheme is open to all applicants, with the exception of those undertaking specific modular or executive programmes such as the MSc in Finance (Part time) or the MSc in Health Economics, Policy and Management. Around £2 million is available annually in the form of awards from the Graduate Support Scheme. The Scheme is designed to help students who do not have sufficient funds to meet all their costs of study. GSS awards range in value from £3,000 to a maximum of £10,000, and have an average value of £6,000. Application to the Graduate Support Scheme is via the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application form. This form will be made available to you once you have submitted an application for admission to the School. The form will then be available until 27 April 2011.

Awards

If you complete the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application form, and are made an offer of admission by 27 April 2011, you will also be automatically considered for any other awards being offered by LSE, for which you are eligible, with the exception of Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding where there are separate, department led processes in place. AHRC and ESRC funding is relevant to Home UK and Home EU applicants only, and there are also subject restrictions in place. We offer a range of awards based on different criteria such as a specific programme of study, nationality, or country of permanent domicile. In addition, a number of external organisations offer funding to support postgraduate study. We recommend that applicants follow up as many avenues as possible to find funding. Please be aware that if you accept funding from an external source, it is your responsibility to check the terms of the award. Some awards are accompanied by specific terms and conditions which you should be sure you able to meet before accepting the award. Information about other Awards offered by LSE or external organisations. Please take some time to look at all the other awards available to support your study at LSE. The details of these awards are updated each October, but new LSE awards may become available during the course of the admissions cycle. We will only write to successful applicants for these awards. Selection for these awards will take place between May and July 2011 and all successful applicants will be notified by 31 July 2011.

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