MSc Inequalities and Social Science

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    MSc 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time

Course Description

The MSc Inequalities and Social Science is a comprehensive and wide-ranging programme, providing an introduction to a range of interdisciplinary approaches to the social scientific analysis of inequality.

As a result of dramatic economic and social changes over recent years, the study of inequality has rapidly developed as one of the most important areas of interdisciplinary social scientific study. This programme is associated with the LSE’s International Inequalities Institute and includes expertise from leading academics in the Departments of Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Government, Law, Social Policy, Media and Communications, Gender, and Statistics.

The programme will enable you to develop theoretical awareness of different conceptions of the meaning of inequality and its various dimensions in a fully international context. It will introduce you to the political economy of inequality and the role of political institutions in combating inequality, as well as different methods for the measurement of inequality, both quantitative and qualitative. It will provide you with the skills to go on to conduct research in the area of inequalities.

A limited number of fully-funded places on the MSc are available to successful applicants of the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity Programme (AFSEE), which is an innovative fellowship programme that brings together policy-makers, activists and practitioners from around the world to explore and challenge the root causes of inequality. AFSEE Fellows will receive a (generous) living stipend and their tuition fees for the MSc in Inequalities and Social Science entirely paid for.

Entry Requirements

Upper second class honours (2:1) degree or equivalent in any discipline, with social science background and/or work experience in the social policy field advantageous but not essential.

We expect students to have a strong interest in understanding inequalities of different kinds, and to aim subsequently to apply their knowledge in related fields.

Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you meet the minimum entry requirement, this does not guarantee you an offer of admission.

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Programme Funding

The School recognises that the cost of living in London may be higher than in your home town or country, and we provide generous scholarships each year to home and overseas students.

This programme is eligible for needs-based awards from LSE, including the Graduate Support Scheme, Master’s Awards, and Anniversary Scholarships.


Student Destinations

Students go into a wide variety of fields where inequalities are addressed, including government, NGOs, politics, public administration, the social and health services, advertising, journalism, other areas of the media, law, publishing, industry, personnel and management. Those supported by residential Atlantic Fellowships will already be working in fields where their work relates to inequalities in some form.

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