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MSc Public Management and Governance

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Programme overview

The MSc Public Management and Governance is a one-year programme designed to provide an in-depth interdisciplinary education focused on developing, delivering, and evaluating public policy programmes. Taught by public management specialists, the programme is designed with employers in mind, and we strengthen our students’ fundamental professional skills in reasoning clearly about complex issues and situations, designing institutions and practices, communicating effectively across diverse arenas of action, and understanding the publicly-governed organisations which play crucial roles in public policy programmes.

The programme builds on the School’s international reputation in public policy across a number of academic disciplines, providing an interdisciplinary education in the field of public management around leading, managing, and overseeing ambitious publicly-organised undertakings.

Our students will develop skills to use their knowledge in responding to policy and management challenges in internationally diverse practice settings. The programme is designed with an international focus, with a globally diverse student cohort enriching the international context in the learning experience.

The programme includes courses concerned with practices for advising governments about policy problems and choices, accelerating organizational change, and delivering public value. Group work on real-world projects with sponsors such as the World Bank, KPMG and the UK Department of Health provides valuable experience in the practical challenges of managing and governing organisations in a public service context. Students also benefit from a broad curriculum through a wide range of optional elective courses from departments across LSE - from social policy to law.

The programme attracts pre-career applicants with a high level of academic achievement, as well as mid-career applicants with significant accomplishments in public service, giving diversity of age and experience within the class. A good look can be taken at our students.

Key features

  • A one-year programme giving you an in-depth interdisciplinary education in public management and governance in an international context, and the skills and experience to use your knowledge in responding to real-world practical challenges.
  • Designed with employers in mind to prepare you for work in government and the public sector, and related professional services and consultancies, in countries across the world.
  • Compulsory core courses with an interdisciplinary focus on public management and governance through the lens of management, law and accounting; and the theory and practice of policy analysis, evaluation and implementation. A broad range of optional courses also allow students to customise their programme and explore their own interests through the LSE’s wide range of academic departments.

Intellectual skills:

  • Critical thinking skills about approaches to public sector practices
  • Skills in designing programs, projects, organizations, and institutional systems
  • Skills in utilizing diverse analytical techniques and managerial practices

Domain knowledge: 

  • Strategy and institutional development in the public sector
  • Formal approaches to policy analysis
  • Accounting and financial management
  • Information systems and innovation
  • Employee relations and organisational behaviour

How we deliver:

  • Multi-disciplinary, dedicated core courses
  • Critical analysis of practical experience, using case studies
  • Guidance of research projects
  • Access to the School's vast range of courses in management, public policy and economics