London School of Economics and Political Science

London School of Economics and Political Science

MPA Public and Economic Policy / MPA Public Policy and Management


Houghton Street

London, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.P.A.-Public and Economic Policy; M.P.A.-Public Policy and Management

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MPA is an interdisciplinary degree devised to meet the needs of government departments and public agencies in many countries for highly skilled and professional policy-makers. It also meets the needs of people working with governments but in the private sector, for instance in consultancy, public-private partnerships, public affairs, media non-governmental organisations and interest groups. The degree is taught over 21 months; year one is a complete academic year and year two lasts from October to June. It brings together LSE's unrivalled expertise in the social sciences with individual and group working experience of public sector problems, policies and management. In the first year, students take a set of core courses that provide them with the skills required for political and economic analysis. During their second year, students work in groups on a capstone project in which they advise a public sector organisation, international body, or private sector consultancy on a current policy challenge, and prepare a dissertation. In addition to the core training, each student undertakes further compulsory courses depending on which stream of the MPA they are enrolled on. All students must take four core courses, undertake a dissertation and complete a key 'capstone' project working in a group on a specific project in a public sector organisation and prepare a dissertation. Students also take four units from a wide range of options, arranged into ten areas of concentration: Welfare state; Urban; Environmental; International; Development; Economics; Regulation; Governance; European Union and Management of Organisation.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS: 7.0; TOEFL: 627
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