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MSc Public Policy and Administration

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

1 Year
 Start month

 Tuition fee

19344 GBP
19344 GBP
19344 GBP

Application fee

International 0 GBP
National 0 GBP
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)107
TOEFL-PBT (min)627

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About this course

This programme offers an excellent preparation for further research work or for a career in the public sector, policy analysis and consultancy, international organisations, third sector organisations and the private sector. It is based in the Department of Government and offers high-quality teaching by leading scholars in public administration, public management, public policy and political science.

They will consider applicants with an upper second class honours degree in any discipline, with a considered interest in the area covered by the MSc.

By taking appropriate combinations of courses students can obtain the MSc with a specialised stream in Comparative Public Policy and Administration or Public Management. Students can choose one specialisation to be noted on their degree certificates.

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Eligibility Criteria

2:1 or equivalent in any discipline.

English Language Requirments:

You can meet our language requirements in the following ways:

  • Your first language is English, or
  • Your current or previous degree is taught/assessed entirely in English (we will need official confirmation of this if it is not stated on your transcript), or
  • You have passed a recognised Standardised English Language Test (SELT) at an appropriate level.

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Course Modules

(*half unit)

  • Approaches and Issues in Public Policy and Administration examines major issues in understanding public administration and policy. 
  • Either  Public Management Theory and Doctrine* looks at the key areas of public management with reference to both developed and lesser developed world contexts or  Comparative Public Policy Change* examines explanations of policy change using cross-national comparison or  Policy Advice in Theory and Practice* looks at how policy advice is commissioned, produced, managed and used. 
  • Either  Introduction to Quantitative Analysis* covers the foundations of descriptive statistics and statistical estimation and inference or Applied Regression Analysis* is concerned with deepening students' understanding of the generalised linear model and its application to social science data. 
  • Dissertation. 

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one full unit from a range of public management and comparative public policy and administration options.

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How to Apply

You must apply early, as competition for programmes at LSE is intense. Your application will not be considered until we have received all your supporting documents. Wherever possible you should submit all of your documents with your online application. You should expect to wait an average of 8 weeks for a decision when applying for a taught programme, decisions for a research programme may take longer than this.

Important: LSE expects all applicants to complete their application materials without the use of paid agents, credentials services, or other paid professional assistance. The use of such services may lead to the rejection of application materials, the revocation of an admissions offer, cancellation of admission, or involuntary withdrawal from the University.

You should also upload your supporting documents with your application. You should scan and upload your transcripts and request references to be submitted online. The online application allows you to submit your complete application securely and quickly. Your application will not be processed until we have received all the required documents.

Supporting documents

All applications must be accompanied by supporting documents. Some of these are required by all applicants, others are only needed for specific programmes. Details of specific requirements are given on the programme pages.

  • Use common sense when reading this information. We are being as clear as we can about our requirements and there are no trick questions or hidden traps.
  • We ask you to provide the documents as requested (or as close to them as you can manage) so that we can make a good decision on your application.
  • Don't overload your application with extra documents - the selectors won't have time to read them and we really don't need them.
  • Don't panic about the length of your personal statement or research proposal - just be sensible about what you want to write and how much a selector might want to read.
  • We offer guidance to help you. Read it and act sensibly on it.

Please do not send supporting documents directly to departments as this will delay your application.

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