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MSc Philosophy and Public Policy

About the MSc programme

The MSc Philosophy and Public Policy provides a solid foundation in the conceptual and normative questions underlying public policy formulation. This unique degree approaches philosophical issues in public policy through the lenses of historical and contemporary developments in ethical theory and political philosophy. From this programme’s specialised selection of courses you will acquire a thorough background in moral and political theory, whilst also learning to apply this knowledge to issues in public policy.

LSE’s distinctive approach to philosophy and public policy is one in which philosophical analysis is continuous with the scientific study of political, social and economic problems. Topics span an enormous range of policy areas, including health care, development, social security and climate change. You will engage with science policy topics like the nature of evidence, objectivity and theory choice, and will examine different approaches to the study of society such as rational, social and public choice, in addition to classic topics of political philosophy such as democracy, liberal neutrality, equality, human rights, punishment and just war.

This programme provides the ideal springboard for employment in the public and governmental sectors, whilst also equipping you with the skills needed to succeed in an incredibly broad range of careers, as well as further graduate work in philosophy.

Programme details

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Philosophy and Public Policy in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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Graduate destinations

The programme prepares you for PhD work in philosophy as well as for policy-oriented careers in governmental, non-governmental or international organisations. We have a very good record of students moving on to good PhD programmes and to high-level jobs with think tanks, in government, or in business. Our graduates are currently working or studying in the following branches: non-government organisations and think tanks, governmental organisations, PhD programmes, law school or legal practice, commercial enterprises, banking and finance, consultancy, international organisations, academic research and teaching.

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Application code: V7U8 (check availability)

Start date: 21 September 2017

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

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree or equivalent, with a considered interest in the areas covered by the MSc (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: £20,112

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Financial Support), Imre Lakatos Memorial Scholarship

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions

Note: If your first language is not English, you must submit a writing sample of 5–10 typewritten pages

Intake/applications in 2016:  27/150

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