This programme is based in LSE's Department of Methodology and offers the following benefits:

  • an advanced training in quantitative and qualitative social research methods, in the context of a disciplinary specialisation
  • the MSc is designed as a training for doctoral research and as a pre-professional training for careers in social research in the public and private sectors
  • study within LSE's Department of Methodology, which is a base for cross-disciplinary research and teaching in the broad area of social science methodology
  • the Department has links with both governmental and private sector research groups
  • the programme is taught with other departments in the School

Programme detailsYou take compulsory courses in research design, quantitative analysis and qualitative research methods. You also submit a research report of 10,000 words, and you have the chance to take workshops on computer packages for quantitative and qualitative analysis during the year.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline None
Tuition fee
  • GBP 19344 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 12504 Year (EEA)
Start date
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

  • Quantitative Analysis students select two half units that cover quantitative data analysis from a basic to advanced level.

  • Qualitative Research Methods* addresses methods of data collection and analysis of qualitative data.

  • Fundamentals of Social Science Research Design* provides a basic knowledge of social research design.

  • Dissertation.

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one unit from a range of optional courses: sociology, social psychology, philosophy, social policy, statistics, decision and policy sciences, government, international development, management, opulation or methodology.

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

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.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
193(Grade B)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

IMPORTANT NOTE: The UK government confirmed new requirements for secure English language testing for visa and immigration purposes. Learn more


Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in social science. Relevant professional experience can also be considered

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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