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The programme is taught over two academic years. It comprises a range of core compulsory courses, courses that are compulsory to students’ chosen specialisation (called a policy stream), and option courses, as described below.

Pre-sessional course 

In September prior to the start of Year One, students attend a compulsory pre-sessional refresher course at LSE in maths and statistics. This course updates and refreshes students’ knowledge of maths and statistics in preparation for the programme.


Year One

In the first year, students take three core compulsory courses which provide them with strong foundational knowledge, skills in political and economic analysis and quantitative methods. These will support students in their chosen specialisation in the second year of the programme.

Core Compulsory Courses  

  • GV478: Political Science and Public Policy – Students will learn game theoretical concepts and apply them to a variety of political contexts; these tools should be useful both for explaining existing political outcomes and for designing interventions to achieve desired future outcomes.
  • EC440: Micro and Macro Economics for Public Policy – Students will learn macro- and micro-economic concepts, models and methods suitable for      appraising policy, applicable in a wide variety of contexts.
  • EC455: Quantitative Approaches and Policy Analysis – Students will learn skills for the quantitative evaluation of public policies, with the help of regression based evaluation methods, cost-benefit analysis and computable general equilibrium modelling.

Option Courses

In addition, students choose a fourth course in Year One from a wide range of options available across LSE’s academic departments. Students’ choice can be based on their strengths and interests.

Curriculum Examples

Gain a better understanding of what an MPA student's curriculum could look like by exploring the following examples:

Student A

Student B

Student C

Further information and guidance will be provided to students at the beginning of the programme.

 

Year Two 2016/17

At the beginning of the second year, students choose a policy stream from a range of five, which allows them to specialise in a particular area of public policy and administration. Each policy stream has a number of associated compulsory courses. In addition, students participate in a Capstone Project, which is a compulsory core course of the MPA, and also take option courses. 

The five MPA policy streams are: 

MPA Capstone Project

The Capstone project is a complusory one unit course that students take in their second year of study. Students will learn to carry out analysis and research as part of a group in order to address a practical policy issue or problem relevant to a real client organisation. It allows students to extend their capabilities and apply what they have learnt in the MPA core courses in a professional context. 

Option Courses 

Finally, students pursue a number of option courses from a wide range of options available across LSE’s academic departments. Alternatively, students may choose to write a MPA Policy Paper (6,000 words) or MPA Dissertation (10,000 words) as an option course. This choice is based on each student’s strengths and interests.

Further information and guidance will be provided to students at the beginning of the programme.

 

Year Two 2017/18

At the beginning of the second year, students choose a policy stream from a range of five, which allows them to specialise in a particular area of public policy and administration. Each policy stream has a number of associated compulsory courses. In addition, students participate in a Capstone Project, which is a compulsory core course of the MPA, and also take option courses. 

The five MPA policy streams are: 

MPA Capstone Project

The Capstone project is a complusory one unit course that students take in their second year of study. Students will learn to carry out analysis and research as part of a group in order to address a practical policy issue or problem relevant to a real client organisation. It allows students to extend their capabilities and apply what they have learnt in the MPA core courses in a professional context. 

Option Courses  Finally, students pursue a number of option courses from a wide range of options available across LSE’s academic departments. Alternatively, students may choose to write a MPA Policy Paper (6,000 words) or MPA Dissertation (10,000 words) as an option course. This choice is based on each student’s strengths and interests.

Further information and guidance will be provided to students at the beginning of the programme. 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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