The MPA is an innovative, interdisciplinary, two-year degree programme jointly run by four academic units across the School: the Department of Government; the Department of Economics; the Department of International Development; and the European Institute. In the first year students undertake intense academic training in political science, economics and quantitative methods, developing the skills required for in-depth political and economic analysis. These skills are given practical application in the second year Capstone project: an intense group-work consultancy exercise in which students advise a public or private sector organisation or international body on a current policy challenge. Students also choose an area of specialisation from a wide range of options courses and prepare a dissertation.
The MPA in International Development focuses on the analysis of economic and public policies for developing countries. In addition to the MPA's core training in political and economic analysis, students take courses in development management and development economics. This specialisation is particularly suitable for careers in international development organisations, government development agencies, NGOs and development consultancies.
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