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Civil Service and LSE Executive MPP

Developing the UK's future policy leaders

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) delivers a prestigious Executive Master of Public Policy (EMPP) to train the future leaders of the UK Civil Service.

The EMPP equips senior and high-potential civil servants with the cutting-edge analytical tools required to deliver effective policy, in an increasingly complex and inter-dependent world.

This degree is aimed at developing people with the talent and drive, to reach the very highest levels of the Civil Service Policy Profession. Their careers will see them working on the biggest issues in public policy, and they therefore need to be proficient ambassadors for the best, most modern and most appropriate approaches to policy development.

The EMPP programme builds on the foundations of LSE’s existing world-class public policy training and the pre-existing teachings of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) programme, which has been offered for over a decade and attracts around 100 students per year. However, the EMPP programme follows a similar curriculum to the Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) programme. This programme is offered through the School of Public Policy via its collaboration with leading scholars from across LSE, including the Departments of Economics and Government. 

The Civil Service EMPP cohorts share some classes with the LSE EMPA group. This allows for networking and an exchange of policy ideas with a highly diverse and experienced set of international students.

The EMPP programme is the first of its kind to be commissioned by a cross-government policy community in the UK. It is only available to members of the UK Civil Service.

For further information about how to apply via the approved route, please contact the Civil Service Policy Profession at