BSc Social Policy|

UCAS code: L400 BSc/SocPol

Usual standard offer:
A level: grades A A B

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 37 points including 6 6 6 at Higher level

Other qualifications are considered

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Applications 2012:

First year students 2012:

First year:

Two of the following:


  • One outside option

Second year:

Third year:

First year

The core course, Foundations of Social Policy, gives you a framework for understanding how and why societies have developed a variety of institutional arrangements to provide for their social welfare needs, focusing on key developments in Britain since the nineteenth century, but within a comparative perspective. Your second and third first year courses may be chosen from the following: Sociology and Social Policy, which will give you an introduction to sociology and applies sociological perspectives to social policy fields and issues; Social Economics and Policy, which provides an introduction to economics and its application to social policy; Population, Economy and Society, which will give you an introduction to demography and the consequences of demographic change for social policy; Crime and Society, which provides an introduction to criminology and to key issues relating to crime and social policy.

You may choose your fourth course from the wide range of options available in other departments, but students are encouraged to choose courses that introduce them to one of several social science approaches that have relevance to the study of social policy.

Second and third years

There are two compulsory courses in the second year. Principles of Social Policy examines the ends and means of social policies within a comparative framework. Research Methods for Social Policy will give you a comprehensive introduction to methods of social research with a statistical emphasis. You choose your final two courses from the options available throughout LSE - at least one must be a social policy course.

The third year core course, Comparative and International Social Policy, examines the distinct challenges of welfare provision faced by countries from across Europe and the developing world. You will also complete a long essay on a relevant topic, giving you the opportunity to explore an area which interests you in some depth.

You choose your final two courses from the options available throughout LSE - at least one must be a social policy course.


This list shows the range of social policy options available in the second and third years. Some will be taught every year, some in alternate years, depending on demand.

† If not already taken

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.