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Philosophy of the Social Sciences, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

About

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. 

Careers

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.

Programme Structure

Course Overview:

  • 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).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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    65

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • 2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline. You should also demonstrate a considered interest in the area covered by the MSc

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21744 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21744 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    14004 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14008 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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