Anthropology, economics, geography, political science, sociology – you already know what the social sciences are. But how do they work? What makes them special?
There are clear senses in which they differ from some of the natural sciences, such as their extremely diverse set of methods and analytic techniques, but does this make the social sciences any less scientific or objective?
With LSE widely recognised as the world’s leading specialist social science university, the Philosophy of the Social Sciences programme from London School of Economics and Political Science is the ideal degree with which to pursue questions about human societies, and to apply philosophical reasoning to understanding the nature of the social sciences themselves.
The Department's strength in philosophy of economics and rational choice theory makes it the ideal environment in which to study, examine and critique the use of these methods within the social sciences.
Past programme graduates have gone on to a wide variety of careers, ranging from law, forming their own start-up, working in the City and working at Google. We have a very good record of students entering excellent PhD programmes.
More informationVisit official programme website
- You choose philosophy options from across the Department. In addition, you will take part in the non-assessed dissertation seminar.
- This will prepare you to complete your dissertation of 10,000 words, which will be on a topic in the philosophy of the social sciences (within the 'analytic' tradition, broadly construed).
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
DisciplinesSociology Philosophy & Ethics View 190 other Masters in Philosophy & Ethics in United Kingdom
- 2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline. You should also demonstrate a considered interest in the area covered by the MSc
International22608 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 22608 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA14640 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 14640 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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