London School of Economics and Political Science

London School of Economics and Political Science

MSc European Social Policy


Houghton Street

London, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Sc.-European Social Policy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

We expect students to come from a range of backgrounds reflecting the range of intellectual and professional skills involved in planning, managing and researching social policies at cross-national and EU level. You normally need a first degree in a relevant academic subject at a standard equivalent to a British upper second class honours. As an example, this is equivalent to an American degree at a grade point average in excess of 3.5 out of 4. We welcome part-time students. The programme, launched in 1988, was the first graduate course in the EU dedicated specifically to European Social Policy. It aims to educate academics and professionals who will have a positive impact on implementing the various dimensions and policy pathways contributing to the further consolidation of 'Social Europe'. Graduates from the programme will be better informed and in a better position to influence evolving policy options. By learning different disciplines, including a choice of major EU languages, you will be able to integrate your skills with other professions engaged in realising the European project. Core courses in European Social Policy and Social Policy: Goals and Issues. Options to the value of 1 unit from a range including: Socio-Economic Cohesion Policies in the EU; European Union: Policy-making in a Global Context; EU European Union Law and Government; Policy-Making in the European Union; Economics of European Social Policy. Options to the value of a half unit from the following: Social Policy - Organisation and Innovation; Financing Health Care; Social Security Policies; Social Exclusion, Inequality and the 'Underclass' Debate; Development of Housing and Urban Renewal; and many others. 10,000-word dissertation.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 603.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

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