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Master's programmes

What we offer

The Department of Social Policy Master's programmes offer teaching based on the highest quality empirical research in the field, ranking first in the UK for world leading and internationally excellent research. 

LSE is a place where people are doing exactly the kind of work you're learning to do here. Exactly what you're being taught they're grappling with in the real world
LSE Social Policy- An International Perspective LSE Social Policy- An International Perspective
At LSE, Social Policy is explicitly international, interdisciplinary and applied. London School of Economics and Political Science

About our programmes

MSc study in the Department of Social Policy reflects approach to analysis of social and public policy that is international, interdisciplinary and applied. Taught by some of the leading researchers in their fields, our programmes draw on our particular strengths in international and comparative social and public policy, development, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), migration, population and health, criminology, behavioural public policy, and social policy research. They enable you to specialise in these areas, while providing you with a strong grounding in the core concerns of social and public policy and equipping your with the analytical skills to evaluate social and public policies. 

Social Policy Master's programmes 

MSc Criminal Justice Policy
The MSc Criminal Justice Policy provides an opportunity to apply the concepts and theoretical perspectives from criminology, sociology, law and psychology to the subjects of crime, social order and criminal justice institutions.

MSc International Social and Public Policy
This programme addresses how states and societies respond to global challenges of social, demographic and economic change, and of poverty, migration and globalisation. It is underpinned by the LSE approach to social and public policy that is explicitly international, interdisciplinary and applied. 

The MSc ISPP replaces and consolidates five previous MSc programmes: Social Policy and Planning, European and Comparative Social Policy, Social Policy and Development, Social Policy and Development (NGOs), Social Policy (Research)

MPA Public and Social Policy - Institute of Public Affairs (IPA)

The Masters of Public Administration (MPA) is a two year, interdisciplinary, graduate programme in public policy and administration, with a special emphasis on rigourous empirical training, particularly in economics, econometrics and political science.

MPA Curriculum

The MPA Public and Social Policy stream focuses on the policy and economic analysis of public and social welfare. Core training in political science, economics and quantitative methods is complemented by a compulsory course in welfare analysis and measurement and further option courses across two years.

The MPA Public and Social Policy stream

The programme particularly equips students to pursue careers related to public service at local, national and international levels, in areas including consultancy and analysis as well as policy making and implementation in international organisations, primarily those with health policy, education, employment and social protection departments.

Careers, where will the MPA take you? 

MSc Social Research Methods- Department of Methodology

The MSc Social Research Methods is hosted by the Department of Methodology. The MSc programme will provide you with the opportunity to develop sophistication in research design and quantitative and qualitative research while maintaining a focus in a social scientific discipline.

MSc Social Research Methods programme information


Contact us

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7955 6650

Email: socialpolicy.msc@lse.ac.uk