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.
Public and Economic Policy
Public Policy and Management
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.
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).
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).