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The Institute of Public Affairs and the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Programme

The Institute of Public Affairs

The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) is the hub of LSE’s public policy expertise. In a world in which the scale, complexity and interconnectedness of challenges are constantly increasing, there is an urgent and global demand for graduates who can understand and analyse a broad range of evidence to devise effective and targeted policy. The IPA draws on LSE faculty from six of the School’s prestigious academic departments, harnessing this interdisciplinary group to deliver its two-year Master of Public Administration degree and Executive Master of Public Administration for working professionals. Our graduates are placed on a rapid trajectory to becoming leaders in their fields, becoming government advisors, policy makers and policy analysts around the world. 

The IPA’s policy training will equip you with the skills required to develop policy and address some of the world’s most pressing problems. What better place to learn and grow than at one of the world’s pioneering universities and in one of the great global cities?

The IPA provides a rich and vibrant experience in which to study, where students, policy-makers, political figures and leading academics mix and share knowledge and experience in a collective endeavour to address some of today's most challenging policy concerns, from climate change and poverty, to systemic risk and global markets, to health and inequality.

About the MPA

The two-year Master of Public Administration (MPA) programme is ideal for current and future government advisers, policy-makers and policy analysts from around the world. Our training is both wide-ranging and in-depth and includes, among other areas, economics and econometrics, political science, international development and welfare policy. Around 80 per cent of our students come from overseas, creating a truly international network of peers that endures long after graduation.

You will choose a policy stream from a range of five in the second year, allowing you to specialise in a particular area according to your interests and career plans.

Policy streams:

  • Public and Economic Policy
  • Public Policy and Management
  • International Development
  • European Public and Economic Policy
  • Public and Social Policy

In the second year of the programme, you will undertake a capstone project where you work in a group of three to five to research, analyse and make recommendations to resolve a genuine policy problem for a real-life client organisation.

You will also benefit from a range of Skills Development Seminars which will complement the formal teaching and learning of the programme. In addition, regular Policy in Practice Seminars bring distinguished professionals to LSE to share their experiences and to help you connect your classroom learning to the real world.

The MPA produces graduates who make far-reaching and significant contributions in the policy arena in the public and private sectors, and in non-governmental organisations including careers in impact investing, policy monitoring and evaluation, policy design, social impact investing, political transparency, financial regulation and economic analysis.

Programme details 

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for Master of Public Administration (MPA) 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.

MPA Dual Degree

During their first year, MPA students can apply to spend their second year studying abroad at one of our partner schools, joining one of the following programmes: 

  • the MPA or the MIA at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
  • the MPP at Sciences Po, Paris
  • the MPP at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
  • the MPP at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY), National University of Singapore
  • the MPP at the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) at the University of Tokyo (note: programme length is 24 months with graduation no earlier than December of the second year). 

Graduate destinations

MPA graduates take highly competitive jobs in consulting, advisory and analyst roles in government departments, private sector companies (including Deloitte, McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group, and KPMG); international organisations (including the World Bank, OECD, UNICEF, EBRD); and think tanks (the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and the Fundação Getúlio Vargas).


Application code: L2UN (check availability)

Start date: September 2017

Duration: 22 months full-time only*

Minimum entry requirement:  2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline. In addition, applicants normally require a minimum of one year’s relevant professional work experience at the point of entry to the programme. However, applicants with an exceptional and outstanding academic background may use this to compensate for a less than one year’s work experience (see entry requirements).

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: Not required, but will be considered if submitted

Fee level: Year one (2017 entry) £24,384; Year two (2018 continuing) £24,384

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Financial support)

Application deadline: None - rolling admissions

Notes: The MPA programme carries the opportunity for some students to spend ten months abroad at institutions including the School of International and Public Affairs Columbia University; the School of Public Affairs at Sciences Po (please enquire at for the latest information); the Hertie School of Governance, Lee Kuan Yew School, National University of Singapore; and the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo

*Except for students spending their second year at the University of Tokyo on the MPA dual degree programme. See 'MPA Dual Degree' in the main text for more information

Intake/applications in 2016:  75/439