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MPA Study Support

Enhancing skills, advancing careers

MPA students benefit from study support sessions to strengthen their analytical, evaluative, writing and presentation skills. The seminars comprise lectures, workshops and practice sessions.

The study support training offered across both years of the MPA programme helps students develop transferable skills that are essential for effective policy analysis and research.

Services provided by the School of Public Policy

Office Hours

The MPA programme team is available for drop-in office hours everyday (Monday-Friday) between 10:00am - 4:00pm.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us

Alternatively, the MPA programme team can also be reached by phone on +44 (0)20 7107 5234.

For office hours with individual professors or academic mentors, please consult LSE for You. After logging in, you will be able to book office hours appointments with professors or academic mentors. 

Policy Paper and Dissertation support seminars

In year two, for those choosing to write a Policy Paper or Dissertation support seminars concentrate on:

  • Understanding the difference between a Policy Paper and a Dissertation
  • Developing research topics and questions
  • Structuring and presenting policy analysis
  • The MPA assessment requirements for Policy Papers and Dissertations.

Economics study support sessions

The MPA runs two weekly economics study support classes during the main teaching terms focusing on mathematic and statistical foundations, econometrics and data analysis using the Stata software package. These sessions are particularly valuable for students without a quantitative background as they provide an opportunity for individuals to seek help in any areas which they may find challenging. These sessions are linked to Year 1 MPA economics courses.

Services provided by LSE (outside the School of Public Policy)

LSE LIFE

LSE LIFE is a place where you can come to learn more about yourself, your studies and your goals. 

During the semester, LSE LIFE offers LSE students a wide range of talks, workshops, study advice, and academic mentoring. 

LSE LIFE is located on the Ground Floor of LSE Library and is open from Monday - Friday, 10am - 6pm.

LSE Careers

LSE Careers provides networking opportunities, careers advice, and workshops to strengthen your professional skills. 

As an LSE student, you can book one to one appointments with individual career consultants to help discuss your career aspirations, review your CV, or practice mock interviews. 

LSE Careers is based on the 5th Floor of Saw Swee Hock Student Centre and are open Mon – Fri 9.30am - 5pm and Thursday 9.30am – 8pm.

LSE Careers can be reached by telephone on +44 20 7955 7135.

You can book a careers appointment, or register for an upcoming careers event through LSE Careerhub.

LSE Language Centre

If you are interested in learning a new language, or improving your exisiting level in a particular language, you can register for a class at the LSE Language Centre

The LSE Language Centre offers courses in French, Manadrin Chinese, Spanish, Russian, and as well as other languages. 

To learn more, you visit the Language Centre's website for course details and availability. 

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Check out the SPP Blog's Top 10 tips on settling into the MPA and London: blogs.lse.ac.uk/ipa/2018/09/13…

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Earlier this year, class of 2018-19 MPAer, Samantha Fu reflected on the nature of public policy for the SPP blog: blogs.lse.ac.uk/ipa/2018/12/19…

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