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LSE – PKU Double Degree in Public Administration and Government

About the MSc programme

Organised jointly by LSE and Peking University, this innovative double MSc degree offers an outstanding opportunity for graduate students and young professionals. The first year is spent at the School of Government at Peking University, with a focus on public policy and administration in China and the Asia Pacific region. The second year is spent at LSE, studying public policy and administration. It offers the following benefits:

  • obtaining two MSc degrees through studying at two of the best universities in the social sciences in China and in Europe
  • gaining insights into public policy and administration in two very different countries
  • combining an empirical and a theoretical approach to public policy and administration
  • studying in small seminar groups with limited numbers of students
  • engaging at an advanced level with the latest academic research and undertaking your own research-based term work and dissertation
  • a good preparation for further research work or for a career in education, public administration or the private sector

Programme details

At Peking University, the students take compulsory courses including Chinese Politics and Public Policy, Chinese Economic Development and Reform, Chinese Language Course (Mandarin) and Quantitative Methods for Public Policy and can select other courses from a list of optional courses. They complete the first year programme by writing a dissertation on a topic relevant to their studies.

At LSE, students follow the programme of the MSc Public Policy and Administration including a range of compulsory and optional courses, as well as completing a research-based dissertation.

Course assessment is by assessed coursework (in some courses) and by a final exam.

Year one: Peking


All courses are one semester long. Course outlines are for indicative purposes only, and final names and contents may vary. Not all courses may run in every year.

Compulsory courses

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


Students are required to submit a dissertation at PKU and to defend it.

Year two: LSE

At LSE students are part of the MSc Public Policy and Administration programme. By taking appropriate combinations of courses students can obtain the MSc with a specialised stream in Comparative Public Policy or Public Management. Students can choose one specialisation to be noted on their degree certificates.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one unit from a range of options in public management and comparative public policy and administration.

Course choice and acceptance into specific courses depends on the availability of courses in a given year, staffing resources, the number of seminars offered for a particular course and student demand. The courses above represent the current structure of the MSc Public Policy and Administration but this may be subject to alteration.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for LSE-PKU Double Degree in Public Administration and Government in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up-to-date and correct, some circumstances may cause the School to subsequently change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to circumstances outside of its control. You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee places on its courses. You should visit the School's Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the Updated graduate course and programme information page.

Graduate destinations

The programme provides an excellent preparation for careers in academia, business or consulting, government or international agencies, the media, politics and law.


Application code: L2UI (check availability)

Start date: Early September 2016 at PKU Beijing

Duration: 24 months full-time only. The first 12 months are spent in Beijing, the second at LSE

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in any discipline (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: Fees for 2016-17 at PKU have not been set yet. The 2015-16 tuition fee was CNY 80,000. Year two at LSE: £20,112

Financial support: For year two at LSE, Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support)

How to apply: All applicants apply via LSE using the online application form: lse.ac.uk/graduatehowToApply. This includes applicants from the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and PKU students

All applicants from People's Republic of China who do not have dual citizenship (ie do NOT hold a passport from another third country) must complete the National Entrance Examination for Postgraduate Students in China. It is necessary for these students to contact the School of Government at Peking University before submitting an application to assess their eligibility for PKU. For further information about the National Entrance Examination for Postgraduate students in China and about the application process please contact Ms. Li Bo, Director for External Affairs, School of Government on libo_polly@pku.edu.cn or call +86-10-62755478 or fax +86-10-62755478

IMPORTANT - For this programme dual citizenship means you have a full passport of another country, aside from the passport, residence permit or identity card for the Peoples Republic of China, Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan

Application deadline: Applications must be complete (all supporting documents received) by 23 March 2016 (provisional)