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Undergraduate programmes

Social policy is about understanding and addressing social problems in society. It examines the formation and implementation of policy, and how this affects people’s wellbeing. The degrees are diverse, exciting, dynamic and contemporary and play a crucial role in contemporary politics.

Have you ever thought about:

  • How we can ensure the wellbeing of ourselves and others?
  • What caused the riots in England in 2011?
  • How we could reduce street homelessness?
  • Who benefits, and who loses from immigration?

All of these questions are aspects of Social Policy. In fact, fields such as: healthcare, education, housing, criminal justice, international development, social security and personal social services are all covered by the degrees.They allow you to concentrate upon mainstream social policy issues, or combine a strong social policy interest with another central social science.

The Department of Social Policy is a vibrant place to study at LSE. Many of our staff are leading experts in the field, are continuously involved in policy debate and their research has a direct impact on policy.

The programme aims:

  • to develop your ability to critically evaluate the effectiveness of social policy
  • to widen your understanding of social issues and the position of people in society
  • to provide the opportunity to take a comparative approach, studying policy both locally nationally and internationally.
  • to allow you to consider how members of different groups within society, such as those defined by gender, social class and ethnicity, are affected by policies and measures.
  • to enable you to consider policies in many different kinds of organisations ranging from international bodies and central government agencies to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and informal networks of mutual aid.
  • to examine the making of legislation, such as Acts of Parliament, European Union Directives and international instruments, and the taking of public expenditure decisions.

It is impossible to engage with societies' concerns without also considering how our world can - and indeed should - develop in the future. 


Dr Arjan Gjonca

Department Tutor

Dr Arjan Gjonca
Associate Professor


Dr Michael Shiner

Department Tutor

Dr Mike Shiner
Associate Professor



Undergraduate Programmes Manager

Lisa McElhinney
Room OLD 2.45
Tel: 020 7955 7367
Email: socialpolicy.ug@lse.ac.uk