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Philosophy of the Social Sciences, M.Sc.

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  • 12 months
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About

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 MSc Philosophy of the Social Sciences 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.

This programme offers a critical examination of the conceptual and methodological issues underlying social scientific research. 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. 

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • History of Economics: Making Political Economy into a Social Science
  • History of Economics: Ideas, Policy and Performativity 
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Scientific Revolutions: Philosophical and Historical Issues 
  • Philosophy of the Social Sciences
  • Philosophy of Economics
  • Philosophy, Morals and Politics 
  • Set Theory and Further Logic
  • Scientific Method and Policy 
  • Business and Organisational Ethics 
  • Genes, Brains and Society 
  • Emotion, Cognition and Behaviour: Science and Policy 
  • Global Justice
  • Einstein for Everyone: From time travel to the edge of the universe 
  • Physics and the City: From Quantum Jumps to Stock Market Crashes 
  • Effective Philanthropy: Ethics and Evidence 
  • Evidence and Policy 
  • Rationality and Choice
  • Dissertation

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
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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    100

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    65

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

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  • Application assessment fee
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  • Two academic references
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  • Statement of academic purpose
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Tuition Fee

  • International

    21744 GBP/year
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    Based on the original amount of 21744 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    14008 GBP/year
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    Based on the original amount of 14008 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
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