London School of Economics and Political Science

London School of Economics and Political Science

MSc Philosophy and Public Policy


Houghton Street

London, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Sc.-Philosophy and Public Policy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This programme is based in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method and offers the following benefits: Taught at an institution which is a major centre for national and international public policy debates, this degree provides a foundation in the conceptual and normative questions underlying public policy formulation. It prepares you for policy-oriented careers in intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental organisations as well as for PhD work in philosophy or related disciplines. It is distinctive in three ways. First, it is resolutely interdisciplinary. We take philosophical analysis to be continuous with scientific approaches to the study of political, social and economic problems. Second, it offers a thorough background in the classics of moral and political theory, which students learn to apply to issues in public policy. Third, students have access to a wealth of courses and resources at the Philosophy Department and LSE generally that are relevant for the philosophical analysis of public policy. This degree draws on the strengths of the School in public policy, moral and political philosophy and in rational, social and public choice theory. The Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science is one of the international centres for the discipline and attracts a series of eminent visitors. MSc students benefit from the seminars and research activities going on at the centre. Compulsory courses on: philosophy and public policy; philosophy, morals and politics. Choice from: philosophy of science; philosophy of the social sciences; philosophy of economics; evidence, objectivity and policy. Attendance at compulsory seminar on philosophical research and writing. 10,000-word dissertation.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 627 plus 5-10 pages typewritten sample of work if first language not English.
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