The programme is designed around two compulsory core courses, along with a 6,000-word dissertation.
Students also customise their programme according to their own interests, and benefit from a truly interdisciplinary learning experience, by choosing up to three optional elective courses from the wide range of world-leading academic departments across the LSE.
Students can expect to receive at least 165 contact hours (lecture and class time) during the programme.
Employment relations and organisational behaviour
Students may also take a graduate-level course which is not on this list, subject to approval from the Programme Director. Please refer to the full list of graduate level courses.
The MSc Public Management and Governance programme attracts a diverse range of students each year, from a wide variety of employment backgrounds and international locations.
The programme is designed around the diversity of its students, bringing together a variety of real-world experience and international perspectives to form a close-knit academic community.
Our students come from a wide range of locations around the world, with students of 22 different nationalities on the programme in 2015/16.
Variety of experience and age
The programme is well suited to mid-career professionals with industry experience to share. Our students vary in age, and applications from early-career graduates are also welcomed.
Upon graduation, MSc Public Management and Governance students will be prepared to enter staff and junior managerial positions in governments, multilateral organizations, consultancies and NGOs engaged in public action.
Over time, students should be able to reach executive positions in public service organisations inside government; senior management positions in organisations contracting with governmental bodies, including consultancies; senior staff positions in multilateral organisations; and expert advisers to professional bodies concerned with public management.
93% in work/further study 6 months after graduation.
Mean salary of £30,300
Here are some examples of the companies, organisations and governments which our alumni now work for:
LSE Careers Service
The LSE has a dedicated Careers Service which will work with you throughout your programme to help you fulfil your career goals:
One-to-one careers appointments with your programme’s dedicated Careers Consultant will provide you with individually tailored careers advice and support
Careers fairs, seminars and workshops - you will have access to an extensive programme of careers fairs including Consultancy, Business and Management, Banking and Finance, NGOs and Public Sector employers, as well as employer led skills seminars and recruitment presentations throughout the year.
LSE Career Hub online job vacancy portaladvertising hundreds of vacancies each week, including full time graduate jobs, internships, volunteering opportunities and part time casual jobs.
Help with CVs/resumes and interviewswith one-to-one CV feedback sessions for advice on your own CV. When you have an interview coming up you can also book a half hour practice interview. A number of departmental careers workshops are available, covering topics including CVs and application forms, interviews, presentation skills and assessment centres.
Connect with LSE Careers:
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First or good upper second bachelor's degree or equivalent (see entry requirements), preferably in social sciences. Economics or Political Science are particularly useful backgrounds, however applications from other backgrounds are also welcomed.
Preference will be given to applicants with some work experience or student involvement in activities relevant to this degree
No GRE or GMAT requirements
English language requirements
We encourage applications especially from intellectually strong social science graduates. The programme is particularly well suited to mid-career professionals who have attained a meaningful grounding in practice within the public domain or inside complex organisations. Applications from early-career graduates are also welcomed.
Your application will be considered on its academic merits. An offer of a place may be conditional on attending additional courses and/or passing qualifying examinations at a suitable standard, in addition to your degree. You should note that there are always many more applications than places available at LSE and possession of the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee that you will be offered admission. It is therefore in your interests to apply as early as possible.
How to apply
Submit an application to the LSE Graduate Admissions Office:
Applications are open from 19 October 2015 for entry to the programme in Autumn 2016.
We operate rolling admissions so we don’t have a closing date, and places are currently available on this programme. However, we offer places on a first-come, first-served basis, so we encourage you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
Our admissions process is managed centrally, so please visit the LSE Graduate Admissions Office for queries about the application process and requirements.
Fees and financial support
The programme tuition fee is £24,936.
A range of financial support options are available for UK and international graduate students.