The MSc International Social and Public Policy (ISPP) addresses how states and societies respond to global challenges of social, demographic and economic change, and of poverty, migration and globalization. It is underpinned by the LSE approach to social and public policy that is explicitly international, interdisciplinary and applied.
You can choose to pursue your studies towards either a general MSc ISPP or a subject specialism in:
You will study the different roles of: national governments, the family, civil society, the market, and international organisations in providing services and support across the life course from childhood to old age, and evaluate their effectiveness. You will be introduced to, and compare, policies from different national settings. You will interrogate the ways in which inequalities in social and economic position and in access to services and support are shaped by social background, race, ethnicity, migration status, gender, sexual orientation, disability & age, and by geographical location.
You will take two compulsory modules (half units), one of which introduces you to ISPP, the other of which introduces you to issues in researching social and public policy, six optional modules, and undertake an independent piece of research in the form of a 10,000 word research dissertation.
You will be able to take courses in and, if desired, specialise in: development, NGOs or migration. Other optional courses cover topics such as: education, globalization, politics of social policy, social security, race and ethnicity, children’s rights, riots, sexuality, advantage and disadvantage, urbanisation, welfare analysis and measurement.
Our MSC ISPP programmes equip you for a career in social and public policy in government, NGOs, international organisations, private sector providers, or in academia.