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Email: dom.pmg@lse.ac.uk 

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7342


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MSc Public Management and Governance

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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.

  • 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

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.

Programme structure:

MSc Public Management & Governance programme structure

Compulsory courses

Optional elective courses (any combination to the value of 1.5 units)

European studies
Employment relations and organisational behaviour
Information systems
Social psychology
Social policy

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

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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.

International diversity

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.

Student profile


Programme Director

Professor Gwyn Bevan

Professor Gwyn Bevan

Professor of Policy Analysis and Deputy Head of Department (Strategy and Resources)


Teaching team


Professor Michael Barzelay 

Professor of Public Management 

(On sabbatical leave 2015-2016 academic year)


Dr Simon Bastow

Senior Research Fellow (LSE Public Policy Group)


Dr Christine Cote 

Visting Fellow



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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.

Graduate destinations

  • 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:

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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.

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Entry requirements

  • 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.