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.
- 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.