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Master of Public Policy

Programme Code: TMMPP

Department: School of Public Policy

For students starting this programme of study in 2020/21

Guidelines for interpreting programme regulations

Classification scheme for the award of a taught master's degree (four units)
Exam sub-board local rules

The programme is taught over 9 months.

To be awarded the degree, students must complete courses to the value of 4.0 units. Some courses have a unit value of 1.0 and some have a unit value of 0.5.

No interim award is available: students completing courses with a total value of less than 4.0 units receive no award, regardless of performance in the courses that have been successfully completed.

Students must take core courses to the value of 3.0 units, and a range of other courses from within the School of Public Policy to a total combined value of 4.0 units as shown.

Please note that places are limited on some optional courses. Admission onto any particular course is not guaranteed and may be subject to timetabling constraints and/or students meeting specific prerequisite requirements.


Course number, title (unit value)

Core Courses

All students must complete the following six core courses:

Paper 1

PP401 Political Science for Public Policy (0.5) #

Paper 2

PP402 Quantitative Methods for Public Policy (0.5)

Paper 3

PP403 Public Management (0.5) #

Paper 4

PP404 Economics for Public Policy (0.5)




Upon satisfactorily demonstrating prior knowledge of Economics, students may be exempted from PP404 and will be free to take an additional half unit option course subject to the approval of the Programme Director.

Paper 5

PP405 Public Policy Applications (0.5) #

Paper 6

PP406 Philosophy for Public Policy (0.5)

Option Courses

Papers 7 & 8

Courses to the value of 1.0 unit(s) from the following:


FM473L Financial Markets (0.5) #


FM473M Financial Markets (0.5) #


FM474L Managerial Finance (0.5)


FM474M Managerial Finance (0.5)


GV4F8 Institutions and Global Trade (0.5)  (not available 2020/21)


GV4K1 Transparency and Accountability in Government (0.5)


MG455 Decisions, Biases and Nudges (0.5) #


PP410 Public Economics for Public Policy (0.5) #


PP411L Developments in International Conflict Resolution and Transformation (0.5)


PP411M Developments in Contemporary Policy-Making (0.5)  (not available 2020/21)


PP412 Global Social Protection Design and Delivery (0.5)


PP418 Globalisation and Economic Policy (0.5) #


PP419 Advanced Empirical Methods for Policy Analysis (0.5) #


PP448 International Political Economy and Development (0.5)


PP449 Comparative Political Economy and Development (0.5)


PP450 Public Organisations: Theory and Practice (0.5) #


PP454 Development Economics (1.0) #


PP4E5 Innovations in the governance of public services delivery (0.5)


PP4G3 Designing and Managing Change in the Public Sector (0.5)


PP4J4 Designing and Implementing Evidence-Informed Policies and Programmes (0.5)


PP4J5 Fiscal Governance and Budgeting (0.5)


PP4V8 Policy Paper (0.5)


PP4X6 Welfare Analysis and Measurement (1.0)


In addition, students may choose up to 1.0 unit (per year of study) of courses from elsewhere in LSE with approval of the Programme Director and subject to acceptance by the course convenor. Availability of a place on a course outside the School of Public Policy is not guaranteed and is subject to space, regulations, and timetable constraints.

# means there may be prerequisites for this course. Please view the course guide for more information.

The Bologna Process facilitates comparability and compatibility between higher education systems across the European Higher Education Area. Some of the School's taught master's programmes are nine or ten months in duration. If you wish to proceed from these programmes to higher study in EHEA countries other than the UK, you should be aware that their recognition for such purposes is not guaranteed, due to the way in which ECTS credits are calculated.

Note for prospective students:
For changes to graduate course and programme information for the next academic session, please see the graduate summary page for prospective students. Changes to course and programme information for future academic sessions can be found on the graduate summary page for future students.