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MSc International Social and Public Policy

 New programme for 2018

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:

MSc International Social and Public Policy (ISPP)

The MSc International Social and Public Policy

  • provides students with advanced postgraduate education in social & public policy and how it relates to social problems across high, low and middle income countries and transnationally.
  • enables students including those with professional backgrounds in social & public policy to engage in new ways  of thinking about how best to meet human needs and increase wellbeing.
  • equips students with core understanding of central issues of social & public policy development, of the inequalities in policy drivers and outcomes, and of the interrelationship between the state market, family and NGOs / civil society in provision, organisation and funding;
  • provides students with the opportunity to specialise in areas of specific interest in social & public policy, such as international development, NGOs / civil society, and migration, by facilitating their learning in these areas and their engagement with contemporary research.

The degree is taught by a team of leading researchers in the field, each of whom has both research and hands on policy experience.  As well as providing intellectual stimulation, your studies will also help you achieve your career goals.

The programme will provide you with a thorough understanding of the core concepts and debates within social & public policy including the policy process, wellbeing, inequality, poverty and exclusion, global institutions and the aid system, sustainability and livelihoods, and rights and citizenship.

During the programme you will be able to engage with other topics such as the principles and delivery of social protection policies, the provision of education, the analysis and measurement of wellbeing for the purpose of policy, urbanisation and migration, social advantage and disadvantage and its consequences, development and social & public policy, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, NGOs/civil society, and the politics of the policy process.

The 10,000 word dissertation enables you to focus your learning in depth on a topic of your choice within social & public policy.

The interdisciplinary, international and applied nature of social & public policy means that graduates are equipped with a broad range of knowledge and skills that can be employed in many different settings.

The programme will develop your critical thinking, and your ability to analyse and apply research, theories and concepts. You will:

  • acquire skills in evaluation and analysis of policies in international and comparative context;
  •  learn to construct evidence-based and critically-informed arguments in written and oral form;
  • gain experience in working collaboratively with others;
  • identify, develop and utilise the skills and tools necessary to carry out a sustained, individual research project.

This programme equips students to work in social & public policy fields in government, NGOs, international organisations, private sector providers or in academia.

Whichever path you wish to pursue, the LSE Careers Service  is there to provide you with comprehensive careers guidance both during and after your studies. You will also be able to connect with a network of 130,000 former students in the LSE alumni community, and benefit from mentoring and networking events through involvement with alumni special interest and regional groups.

 

or the MSc ISPP with a subject specialism in:

Development

The MSc International Social and Public Policy (Development)

  • provides students with advanced postgraduate education in the theory and practice of social & public policy in developing and transition countries.

The programme

  • compares the experience of social & public policy in a variety of countries and  international organisations. 
  • enables students including those with professional backgrounds in social & public policy to engage in new ways  of thinking about how best to meet human needs and increase wellbeing.
  • equips students with core understanding of central issues of social & public policy development, of the inequalities in policy drivers and outcomes, and of the interrelationship between the state market, family, NGOs / civil society and international organisations in provision, organisation and funding

The degree is taught by a team of leading researchers in the field, each of whom has both research and hands on policy experience.  As well as providing intellectual stimulation, your studies will also help you achieve your career goals.

The programme will provide you with a thorough understanding of the core concepts and debates within social &  public policy and development, including the policy process, wellbeing, inequality, poverty and exclusion, global institutions and the aid system, sustainability and livelihoods, rights and citizenship.

During the programme you will engage with other topics including the politics of the policy process, the principles and delivery of social protection policies, the international aid system, global social policy, and issues of governance.

Optionally you will also be able to study topics such as NGOs/civil society, the analysis and measurement of wellbeing for the purpose of policy, social advantage and disadvantage and its consequences, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, and urbanisation and migration.

The 10,000 word dissertation enables you to focus your learning in depth on a topic of your choice within social and public policy from the perspective of development. 

The interdisciplinary, international and applied nature of social & public policy means that graduates are equipped with a broad range of knowledge and skills that can be employed in many different settings.

The programme will develop your critical thinking, and your ability to analyse and apply research, theories and concepts. You will:

  • acquire skills in evaluation and analysis of policies in international and comparative context;
  •  learn to construct evidence-based and critically-informed arguments in written and oral form;
  • gain experience in working collaboratively with others;
  • identify, develop and utilise the skills and tools necessary to carry out a sustained, individual research project.

This programme equips students to work in social & public policy fields in government, NGOs, international organisations, private sector providers or in academia.

Whichever path you wish to pursue, the LSE Careers Service  is there to provide you with comprehensive careers guidance both during and after your studies. You will also be able to connect with a network of 130,000 former students in the LSE alumni community, and benefit from mentoring and networking events through involvement with alumni special interest and regional groups.

Migration

The MSc International Social and Public Policy (Migration)

  • provides students with advanced postgraduate education in the theory and practice of social & public policy with particular reference to migration

The programme

  • compares the experience of social & public policy and in a variety of countries and  international organisations, and how they relate to the challenges of migration and the experiences of migrants. 
  • enables students including those with professional backgrounds in social & public policy to engage in new ways of thinking about how best to meet human needs and increase wellbeing.
  • equips students with core understanding of central issues of social & public policy development, of the inequalities in policy drivers and outcomes, and of the interrelationship between the state market, family, NGOs / civil society and international organisations in provision, organisation and funding

The degree is taught by a team of leading researchers in the field, each of whom has both research and hands on policy experience.  As well as providing intellectual stimulation, your studies will also help you achieve your career goals.

The programme will provide you with a thorough understanding of the core concepts and debates within social and public policy and migration including the policy process, wellbeing, inequality, poverty and exclusion, global institutions and the aid system, sustainability and livelihoods, and rights and citizenship.

During the programme you will engage with global trends and processes in migration, the different rights and statuses of migrants, researching migrants and hearing migrant voices, gendered processes in migration, and drivers and motivations in migration.

Optionally you will also be able to study topics such as NGOs/civil society, the analysis and measurement of wellbeing for the purpose of policy, analysis of social advantage and disadvantage and its consequences, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, and the politics of the policy process.

The 10,000 word dissertation enables you to focus your learning in depth on a topic of your choice within social and public policy from the perspective of migration. 

The interdisciplinary, international and applied nature of social & public policy means that graduates are equipped with a broad range of knowledge and skills that can be employed in many different settings.

The programme will develop your critical thinking, and your ability to analyse and apply research, theories and concepts. You will:

  • acquire skills in evaluation and analysis of policies in international and comparative context;
  •  learn to construct evidence-based and critically-informed arguments in written and oral form;
  • gain experience in working collaboratively with others;
  • identify, develop and utilise the skills and tools necessary to carry out a sustained, individual research project.

This programme equips students to work in social & public policy fields in government, NGOs, international organisations, private sector providers or in academia.

Whichever path you wish to pursue, the LSE Careers Service  is there to provide you with comprehensive careers guidance both during and after your studies. You will also be able to connect with a network of 130,000 former students in the LSE alumni community, and benefit from mentoring and networking events through involvement with alumni special interest and regional groups.

Non-Governmental Organisations

The MSc International Social and Public Policy (NGOs)

  • provides students with advanced postgraduate education in the theory and practice of social & public policy as it applies to civil society and NGOs in developing and transition countries.

The programme

  • compares the experience of social & public policy and the role of civil society in a variety of countries and  international organisations. 
  • enables students including those with professional backgrounds in social & public policy to engage in new ways of thinking about how best to meet human needs and increase wellbeing.
  • equips students with core understanding of central issues of social & public policy development, of the inequalities in policy drivers and outcomes, and of the interrelationship between the state market, family, NGOs / civil society and international organisations in provision, organisation and funding

The degree is taught by a team of leading researchers in the field, each of whom has both research and hands on policy experience.  As well as providing intellectual stimulation, your studies will also help you achieve your career goals.

The programme will provide you with a thorough understanding of the core concepts and debates within social & public policy and NGOs including the policy process, wellbeing, inequality, poverty and exclusion, global institutions and the aid system, sustainability and livelihoods, rights and citizenship.

During the programme you will examine the roles and functions of NGOs including service delivery, advocacy, relief; the organisational, communication, and management challenges facing NGOs; and the role of NGOs in the policy process and their relationship with multiple stakeholders. 

Optionally you will also be able to study topics such as the analysis and measurement of wellbeing for the purpose of policy, social advantage and disadvantage and its consequences, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, urbanisation and migration, and the politics of the policy process.

The 10,000 word dissertation enables you to focus your learning in depth on a topic of your choice within social and public policy from the perspective of civil society / NGOs. 

The interdisciplinary, international and applied nature of social & public policy means that graduates are equipped with a broad range of knowledge and skills that can be employed in many different settings.

The programme will develop your critical thinking, and your ability to analyse and apply research, theories and concepts. You will:

  • acquire skills in evaluation and analysis of policies in international and comparative context;
  •  learn to construct evidence-based and critically-informed arguments in written and oral form;
  • gain experience in working collaboratively with others;
  • identify, develop and utilise the skills and tools necessary to carry out a sustained, individual research project.

This programme equips students to work in social & public policy fields in government, NGOs, international organisations, private sector providers or in academia.

Whichever path you wish to pursue, the LSE Careers Service  is there to provide you with comprehensive careers guidance both during and after your studies. You will also be able to connect with a network of 130,000 former students in the LSE alumni community, and benefit from mentoring and networking events through involvement with alumni special interest and regional groups.

 

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 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 one of the following streams: development, migration or NGOs. 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.

For more information on programme content, structure and courses view here.

 

IshkanianArmine

Programnme Director

Dr Armine Ishkanian

 

 

Contact us

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7955 6650

Email: socialpolicy.msc@lse.ac.uk