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MSc International Migration and Public Policy

About the MSc programmes

The International Migration and Public Policy (IMPP) programme is jointly run by academics from the Departments of Government, Sociology and the European Institute. The teaching is interdisciplinary and also involves academic staff from several other LSE departments, including the Department of Geography, the Department of International Relations, the Department of International Development, the Department of Social Policy  and the Department of Law. It brings together some of the unique resources of these departments into one interdisciplinary programme on global migration, international mobility and public policy. The programme also has close ties with the LSE Migration Studies Unit, the focal point for migration research at LSE. Key features of the IMPP degree are:

  • A twelve-month programme that provides the opportunity to study in an internationally renowned set of departments in the only UK university devoted solely to the social sciences.
  • A faculty with an established record of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the area of international migration and public policy.
  • An international campus in close proximity to national policy makers, offices of international organisations and EU institutions.
  • A systematic multidisciplinary approach to central controversies in the comparative analysis of public policy responses to immigration and migrant integration issues across different levels of governance (including a focus on the growing role of the EU in European and international migration management).

Programme details

The MSc offers a unique range of courses that will deepen students' knowledge of migration and mobility issues and help them gain new insight into public policy responses to international migration at the global, regional, national and local level. The programme is divided into three parts: foundation – two half unit courses which provide a thorough grounding in immigration and migrant integration issues; specialisation – through a wide range of optional migration- and migration-related courses offered across LSE; and research – a 10,000 word research project on an advanced topic. Students will also have the opportunity to attend and participate in the established public lecture and seminar series organised by the LSE Migration Studies Unit

Students will take courses to the value of three units and a dissertation as shown. Additionally, if their timetable allows, students are recommended to take the non-assessed course Interdisciplinary Research Methods and Design in preparation for their dissertation.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of two units from a range of options. 

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 provides an outstanding preparation for further research work or for a career in international institutions, the public services, NGOs or with one of the growing number of organisations in the private sector that are concerned with immigration issues.

lse.ac.uk/government; lse.ac.uk/sociology; lse.ac.uk/europeaninstitute

Application codes: L2UK (check availability)

Start date: 24 September 2015

Duration: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time

Intake/applications in 2013: 25/76

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in social science, or in another field with relevant work experience (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: £18,600

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support)

Application deadline: None