Detailed curriculum information can be found in the 'Programme structure and courses' section of the MPA admissions pages.
Preparation before your arrival
Prior to your arrival at LSE you will receive details about optional readings and online learning materials which are designed to help you to prepare for the programme.
MPA Welcome & Introductory Teaching
From mid-September (exact date TBC) you will need to attend MPA Welcome events and introductory teaching sessions. These will take place prior to the start of the LSE Michaelmas term dates. The welcome sessions include campus enrolment, a programme introduction and compulsory introductory teaching in mathematics and statistics.
If you have not studied mathematics and statistics for some time, the MPA introductory teaching provides a challenging but accessible introduction to some of the key skills and techniques required for the degree. For other students, it serves as a refresher course.
In the first year, you will take three compulsory courses, in micro- and macro-economics, political science for public policy and quantitative approaches and policy analysis. These provide a rigorous foundation to support you in your second year.
In addition to your required core courses, you will take full unit or half-unit option courses (electives). The SPP offers a wide range of courses as options.
You can review this current year’s (2022/23) option list here.
The two key features of the second year are the MPA Capstone, and the option to choose a specialisation to be a part of your degree title.
You will also choose a range of option courses (electives) from the School of Public Policy (or elsewhere to in LSE).