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Dual Degree Programme

What is the dual degree programme?

As a member of the Global Public Policy Network, the Institute of Public Affairs offers its MPA students the opportunity to apply to spend their second year of study at one of our GPPN partner institutions. In exchange, students already in their first year at one of our partner schools can apply to enter directly into the second year of the LSE MPA.

By combining study on the MPA at LSE with study at another internationally-renowned university, students experience the challenges and processes of public policy-making and analysis from different academic and cultural perspectives, equipping them with a high-demand professional skill set and providing the international exposure frequently sought by top employers.  

How does it work?

Successful applicants to the dual degree programme will study at two different institutions over the course of their two-year programme. At the end of the second year, students who successfully complete both years of study will receive two degrees: one from LSE, and one from the GPPN partner institution at which they studied.

The IPA's dual degree international partner schools and their corresponding programmes are:

Students can either:

a) Study at LSE for their first year, and apply to spend their second year at one of our dual degree partner institutions

b) Study at one of our partner institutions for their first year, and apply to spend their second year on the LSE MPA

On average between 25% and 33% of first year LSE MPA students apply to spend their second year at one of our dual degree partner schools. The number of applicants varies each year. In total, between 10 and 15 students transfer to a partner school for their second year.

* First year MPA or MIA students at SIPA are eligible to apply to study their second year at LSE. Students undertaking their first year at LSE can only apply to study the MPA at SIPA.

** Please note that the academic year at GraSPP operates on a different schedule to LSE, and that students spending their second year there will graduate at a later date from other students in their LSE cohort. 

What is the dual degree curriculum?   

Students who join LSE for their second year will take the MPA Capstone and three further units of courses. These can include a dissertation or policy paper, courses from the MPA curriculum and outside option courses (subject to availability). Dual degree students do not select an MPA policy stream but are welcome (and encouraged) to take courses from the MPA policy streams.

Students who begin their studies at LSE and move to a partner school for their second year will need to fulfil the second year curriculum requirements of the partner school.

How do I apply?

Students apply for the dual degree through the school at which they begin their studies.  It is not possible to apply directly to the dual degree before beginning the first year of your studies. 

a) Students who begin their studies at LSE

Information about the dual degree will be provided to LSE MPA students in November/December of their first year. Applications are made in January and decisions are normally available in March. Students may apply to as many dual degree partner schools as they wish and if they receive more than one offer, will have the choice of which offer to accept. Students must meet the dual degree progression requirements to be eligible to transfer to the partner school for their second year.

b) Students who begin their studies at a partner school

Your first year school will provide you with information about how and when to apply for the dual degree.  You will need to meet LSE’s English language requirements.

All students who are accepted for the dual degree will pay the tuition fees of the school they attend for their second year.


If you have queries about the LSE part of the MPA dual degree, please feel free to contact us at mpa@lse.ac.uk. If you are a first year student at a partner school and have queries about how to apply to the dual degree, please contact the administrative team at your current school.

School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University
School of Public Affairs at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po)
Hertie School of Governance
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY), National University of Singapore
Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), University of Tokyo