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MSc Public Management and Governance

About the MSc programme

The MSc Public Management and Governance is a one year programme which builds on the School's international reputation in Public Policy. Public Management and Governance is an interdisciplinary field with roots in a number of academic disciplines.

The study of public management and governance is centrally concerned with developing, delivering, and evaluating public policy programmes. Publicly-governed organisations play crucial roles in conducting each of these processes. For this reason, it is important to understand how to develop and assess public policy programs as well as how to devise means for publicly-governed organisations to make their contribution to programme outcomes and impact.  

The MSc in Public Management and Governance offers an opportunity for students to gain an in-depth education in this field, as well as to become skilled in using their knowledge in responding to policy and management challenges in internationally diverse practice settings. The programme offers intellectual skills and domain knowledge about 'management', with a consistent focus on the practical challenges of managing and governing organisations in a public service context. As such it fulfils LSE's sustained ambition of linking systematic inquiry with the practice of public management and governance. 

The approach is to strengthen the fundamental professional skills of reasoning clearly about complex issues and situations, utilising social science research, designing institutions and practices, and communicating effectively across diverse arenas of action. The degree includes courses concerned with practices for advising governments about policy problems and choices, accelerating organisational change, and delivering public value. Our students gain direct access to courses taught by public management specialists from across the Department, as well as to courses about particular policy issues and institutional contexts. 

The degree programme attracts pre-career applicants with a high level of academic achievement, as well as mid-career applicants with significant accomplishments in public service.

Programme details

Key features of the programme include:

  • Critical thinking skills about approaches to public sector practices
  • Skills in designing programs, projects, organizations, and institutional systems
  • Skills is utilising diverse analytical techniques and managerial practices
  • Strategy and institutional development in the public sector
  • Formal approaches to policy analysis
  • Accounting and financial management
  • Information systems and innovation
  • Employee relations and organisational behaviour
  • Multi-disciplinary, dedicated core courses
  • Critical analysis of practical experience, using case studies
  • Guidance of research projects
  • Access to the School's vast graduate offerings in management, public policy and economics

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

  • Public Management and Governance examines organisationally-based processes under public governance from a general management standpoint, and examine functional areas of organisational management as they relate to the public sector.
  • Policy Analysis, Evaluation and Implementation focuses on how analysis needs to take account of, and be designed to relate to, the processes through which policies are made.
  • A 6,000-word Dissertation related to a topic from the above courses.*

In addition to the compulsory courses, students also customise their programme to their own academic interests by choosing courses to the value of 1.5 units from a wide range of options provided by departments across the School, including Management, Accounting, International Development, Law, Social Policy and Sociology.

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations|.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

The programme is designed with employers in mind, and our students have gone on to work in government and the public sector in their home countries, international agencies and professional services firms.

Upon graduation, MSc Public Management and Governance students will be prepared to enter staff and junior managerial positions in governments, multilateral organizations, consultancies and NGOs engaged in public action. 

Over time, students should be able to reach executive positions in public service organisations inside government; senior management positions in organisations contracting with governmental bodies, including consultancies; senior staff positions in multilateral organisations; and expert advisers to professional bodies concerned with public management.


Application code: N2U7 (check availability|)

Start date: 2 October 2014

Duration: 12 months full-time only

Intake/applications in 2012: 37/287

Minimum entry requirement: First or good upper second class bachelor's degree or equivalent, preferably in social sciences. Preference will be given to applicants with some work experience or student involvement in activities relevant to this degree (see entry requirements|)

English requirement: Higher (see English requirements|)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: £23,064

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support|), plus some scholarships

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions

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