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Master of Public Policy

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is an intensive 9-month programme designed for professionals who want to enhance their knowledge and analytical skills to effectively address complex public policy challenges, and advance their career in any policy-relevant sector.

The LSE MPP met and exceeded what I was looking for in a program. It gave me the ability to tailor my time at the SPP to my professional interests while meeting my educational objectives within nine months.

Yohann Sequeira, MPP Class of 2021

The MPP offers public policy education that is designed for operating in today’s world. Organisations today are faced with vast amounts of information and competing opinions with different calls to urgent action. Mid to senior level policy-makers need to understand and navigate between the different opinions and perspectives of economists, lawyers, financiers and philosophers in order to make effective policy decisions.  

The intensive 9-month programme enables students to take a short career break to join an experienced global cohort, gain new perspectives and develop an understanding of how to analyse and navigate the different perspectives which form the “craft of government”. This integrates theory and analysis, politics, and implementation of policy.  

Students will develop a unique understanding of the complex challenges of contemporary governance across core discipline perspectives including economics and econometrics, political science, quantitative methods, public management and philosophy. This offers tools and knowhow to understand and address the world’s most pressing public policy challenges. 

Whether moving into public, private, international, or non-profit roles, our graduates will take with them enhanced knowledge, expanded thinking and elevated skills to be able to make formidable contributions to public policy and advance in the next stage in their career.

Key features:

  • A strong discipline focus core, plus room to specialise.
  • Opportunity to build your professional network and learn from a diverse cohort all with well-established policy-relevant experience.
  • Be able to better understand and challenge the advice received from experts.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the public management profession and the tools and approaches needed to reform and enhance public service provision.
  • An intensive 9-month programme to prepare you for the next step in your career and help you to return to your profession equipped and confident to take on new challenges.
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Key facts

Start date

September 2024 (with optional online preparation work available from July/August)

Application deadline

None – rolling admissions, applications will close once spaces are filled. We receive most applications during October-February and encourage applicants to apply during this time.

Please note the funding deadlines for LSE scholarships.

SPP specific scholarships have a deadline still to be confirmed.


Nine months full-time only

Applications 2022


Intake 2021


Financial support

SPP specific scholarships - deadline 21 February 2024.

Graduate support scheme - deadline 25 April 2024.

(see 'Fees and funding')

Minimum entry requirement

Upper second class honours (2:1) degree or equivalent in any discipline.

In addition, applicants must have at least five years of policy-relevant experience, though exceptions may be granted for outstanding candidates with slightly less experience.  

GRE/GMAT: Not required

English Language requirements: 'Higher'


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Who should apply?

Minimum entry requirement

Upper second class honours (2:1) degree or equivalent in any discipline.

Applicants must have at least five years of policy-relevant experience, though exceptions may be granted for outstanding candidates with slightly less experience.  

English language requirement: 'Higher' - see English language requirements

Who we are looking for

Our diverse cohort is one of the key strengths of our MPP programme. In particular the MPP is designed for professionals who have 5 or more years of policy-relevant experience.

We aim to bring together a cohort of passionate policy professionals who represent a wide range of nationalities, experiences and backgrounds, thus enriching the peer-to-peer learning experience.

We welcome applications from individuals from a range of academic disciplines and professional backgrounds (with 5+ years experience) who can demonstrate a passion for public policy and making a positive impact.

Excellent candidates will possess a strong academic record and be able to demonstrate a commitment to public service as well as a clear understanding of the MPP and how they will benefit from the programme.

Whilst the MPP programme is designed to provide rigorous training in areas of econometrics and quantitative methods, there will be opportunities for individuals with less experience in these areas to develop or refresh their skills via online learning materials prior to the programme starting.     

Find out more about our MPP students and their backgrounds in our 'Our Students' section below. 

Information for international students

If you are applying to LSE from outside of the UK then take a note of the UK qualifications we require for your programme of interest and refer to our Information for International students page where you can view entry requirement by country. 

Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you meet the minimum entry requirement, this does not guarantee you an offer of admission.

The application process

When to apply

Applications for this programme are considered on a rolling basis, meaning the programme will close once it becomes full. We receive a high number of applications early in the admissions cycle (from October to February) and would encourage you to apply during this time.

In addition, to be considered for any SPP or LSE funding opportunity, you must have submitted your application and all supporting documents by the funding deadline. See the fees and funding section for more details. 

How to apply

LSE's 'How to apply' webpages guide you through the application process and link to the application form.

You can also view the Application Top Tips information by Kathryn Ward, Graduate Admissions Premium Service Manager, on how you can make the most of your application.

How your application will be assessed

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified prospective students and want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation, irrespective of their background.

We carefully consider each application on an individual basis, taking into account all the information presented on your application form, including your:

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although you do not need to provide this at the time of your application to LSE. See our English language requirements.


Every graduate student is charged a fee for their programme.

The fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It does not cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.

Tuition fees 2024/25 for the Master of Public Policy (MPP)

Home students: £41,040
Overseas students: £41,040

The Table of Fees shows the latest tuition amounts for all programmes offered by the School.

Fee status

The tuition fees for this programme is the same regardless of your fees status. However any financial support you are eligible for, will depend on whether you are classified as a home or overseas student, otherwise known as your fee status. LSE assesses your fee status based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education.

Further information about fee status classification.

Fee reductions

Students who completed undergraduate study at LSE and are beginning taught graduate study at the School are eligible for a fee reduction of around 10 per cent of the fee.

Funding Opportunities

Scholarships and other funding

The School recognises that the cost of living in London may be higher than in your home town or country, and we provide generous scholarships each year to home and overseas students.

LSE School of Public Policy scholarships

In addition to our needs-based awards, LSE also makes available scholarships for students from specific regions of the world and awards for students studying specific subject areas. The School of Public Policy (SPP) offers programme and country specific scholarship awards. 

Find out more about SPP specific awards and how to apply

LSE Scholarships

This programme is eligible for needs-based awards from LSE, including the Graduate Support SchemeMaster's Awards, and Anniversary Scholarships

Selection for any funding opportunity is based on receipt of an offer for a place and submitting a Graduate Financial Support application, before the funding deadline. 

Funding deadline for LSE needs-based awards from LSE: 25 April 2024.

Find out more about financial support.

Chevening Scholarships

A number of our MPP students are successful Chevening Scholarhip awardees who have received full funding to study with us. Find out more about the Chevening Scholarship scheme and check your eligibility to apply.  

Find out about Chevening Scholarships

Government tuition fee loans and external funding

A postgraduate loan is available from the UK government for eligible students studying for a first master’s programme, to help with fees and living costs. Some other governments and organisations also offer tuition fee loan schemes.

Find out more about tuition fee loans

Further information

Fees and funding opportunities

Curriculum overview

The MPP has a core curriculum of economics, political science, quantitative methods and philosophy for public policy, combined with an in-depth review of contemporary theories and practice for the management of public organisations. It is these skills and competencies that you will need to take you to the next step in your career in public policy.

The core courses of the programme all apply leading scholarship to policy-making, thus ensuring your immersion in the richest and most innovative research in the field. The MPP has been developed to harness LSE's expertise across these disciplines and fields central to public policy.

This degree will provide you with a unique understanding of the complex challenges of contemporary governance, providing a real-world context to the policy-making skills you will develop.

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. These will be particularly helpful for individuals who want to develop or refresh their quantitative skills prior to starting the programme. 

Welcome & Introductory Teaching 

From mid-September (exact date TBC) you will need to attend MPP Welcome events and introductory teaching sessions. These will take place prior to the start of the LSE Autumn Term dates. The welcome sessions include campus enrolment, a programme introduction, and various introductory and practical sessions covering different opportunities and available support for your time at LSE. 

Programme structure

The programme consists of four units in total – including three units of core courses, listed below, and a further one unit of options courses from a range of courses from within the School of Public Policy. This combines a fundamental grounding in core disciplines that are central to public policy, and allows you to tailor your options to your own interests and career goals. Some of the option courses will require prior study in economics, and would require the permission of the Course Convenor. Indicative options are listed below.

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(* denotes a half unit)

Political Science for Public Policy*
You will learn how to understand and analyse empirically the political context of policymaking. This will include how political behaviour (such as voting behaviour, elections and lobbying), interacts with political institutions (such as electoral systems, different models of government or central banks) to create political outcomes (such as economic policies, development aid and ethnic conflict).

Quantitative Methods for Public Policy*
This course will introduce you to some of the key principles and tools of quantitative evaluations which underpin policy interventions and outcomes. The emphasis is on the practical application of these tools to real-life situations, including the difference between correlation and causality, the use of randomised experiments, and understanding of how and when difference-in-differences regressions can be effectively used.

Public Management*
This course offers an intensive introduction into key literatures and themes in the study of public management. Applied to both developed and lesser developed world contexts, you will learn about public sector reform, coordination and collaboration, bureaucracies, professionalism and motivation, performance management, crisis management, leadership, institutional capacity building, cutback management and organisational learning. Your teaching will be paired with insights to the success, or otherwise, of different models and approaches.

Economics for Public Policy*
On this course, you will learn the key principles of economic policy-making. Both micro- and macro-economics will be covered, including price theory, understanding markets, externalities, public goods, principal-agent problems, economic growth, inflation business cycles, unemployment, and fiscal and monetary policies.

Public Policy Applications*
This course will introduce students to the application of social science literatures to concrete policy issues. It will be organised around topics which are being actively discussed in both the policy and academic spheres/realms/domains.

This course will emphasise illustrating how different theoretical and disciplinary approaches analyse a particular policy topic and problem. The precise policy topics will be decided each year, depending on the academic and practitioner availability. We attract from either the cutting edge of a particular research topic or those who are working directly on a topic area.

Philosophy for Public Policy*
This course has been designed to help you develop the skills and insight to apply philosophical reasoning to your understanding and practice of the 'craft of government'. It includes a strong grounding in moral and political philosophical principles and emphasises their application in modern policy-making toolkit. You will study a range of philosophical theories and concepts, then discuss and learn to evaluate them by focusing on specific policy proposals. Taught by leading LSE philosophers, the emphasis is on applying theory and concept in practical and policy-relevant ways.

Option courses (electives)

You will also select courses to the value of one unit from a range of options. 

For the most up-to-date list of optional courses please visit the relevant School Calendar page.  


You must note, however, that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that the School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises. 
You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated graduate course and programme information page. 

MPP Class Profile

The MPP attracts a highly diverse range of students from all over the globe. Our 2023 cohort of 72 students represented 32 nationalities and a range of professional backgrounds.

Our MPP students have a range of professional backgrounds and experience and have an average of 9 years' working experience.

We welcome students from wide-ranging areas of expertise including government adminstration, education, healthcare, consultancy, financial services, and many more. Their combined experience encourages a mature and reflective approach to study that draws on professional skills and experience gained prior to the MPP.

This diversity is a major strength, providing many different national, economic and societal perspectives to problems and solutions of public policy. 

MPP 2023 intake

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Student Life

School of Public Policy student groups, networks and development opportunities:

Association of Public Policy Students (APPS)

The Association of Public Policy Students (APPS) is an elected body of SPP students that serve as a resource for the student community. Throughout the academic year, the APPS’s numerous committees and initiatives provide opportunities for students to engage with other classmates in professional and social activities.

Turner MBA Investment Impact Network and Training (MIINT)

The Turner MBA Investment Impact Network and Training (MIINT) Competition gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in impact investing by sourcing and conducting due diligence on real-world, early-stage impact investment opportunities. The MIINT is supported by LSE's Marshall Institute

Global Public Policy Network (GPPN)

The Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) is a partnership between 7 prestigious universities in public policy. GPPN is a platform for institutional partnership, research collaboration, and student exchange. Members of the GPPN have organised an annual international conference for the students and deans from member schools to meet and discuss pressing issues of global public policy. GPPN members have also established exchange and dual degrees programs, allowing students to benefit from this international network of the most prestigious public affairs schools in the world.

Womxn’s Network

The School of Public Policy’s (SPP) Womxn’s Network is a student-run organisation focused on the advancement and empowerment of students within the SPP and broader LSE community who are marginalised by the intersectionalities of gender and/or sexuality. The Network aims to further encourage the inclusion of marginalised voices within policymaking through various events and forums designed to promote learning and open discussion.

Public Sphere Journal (PSJ)

The Public Sphere Journal (PSJ) is a journal of international policy studies produced by SPP students which features evidence-based research in economic policy, public management, international affairs, development studies and social policy. The PSJ offers students an opportunity to combine their unique professional and personal experiences to create a journal of international policy studies, from the initial call for papers through to the print and launch.  

Policy in Practice (PiP) seminars

We run regular seminars through the year to connect you with policy practitioners in a range of fields, either to learn more about the work of particular organisations and sectors or to develop new skills. These seminars provide students with an opportunity to connect classroom learning to real world scenarios. 

SPP Professional Skills Accelerator

The SPP also offers an extensive and tailored programme of Professional Skills for Public Policy which is especially designed to complement the skills and insights that you gain as part of your programme curriculum and equip you with the necessary skills for the next step in your career.  

You will benefit from a series of training workshops with experienced practitioners and experts in key areas of professional development such as leadership, negotiation and persuasive communication.

LSE student societies and activities

Your time at LSE is not just about studying, there are plenty of ways to get involved in extracurricular activities. From joining one of over 200 societies, or starting your own society, to volunteering for a local charity, or attending a public lecture by a world-leading figure, there is a lot to choose from.

Life in London 

As a student at LSE you’ll be based at our central London campus. Find out what our campus and London have to offer you on academic, social and career perspective. 

LSE is based on one campus in the centre of London. Despite the busy feel of the surrounding area, many of the streets around campus are pedestrianised, meaning the campus feels like a real community. 

London is an exciting, vibrant and colourful city. It's also an academic city, with more than 400,000 university students. Whatever your interests or appetite you will find something to suit your palate and pocket in this truly international capital. Make the most of career opportunities and social activities, theatre, museums, music and more. 

Want to find out more? Read why we think London is a fantastic student city, find out about key sights, places and experiences for new Londoners. Don't fear, London doesn't have to be super expensive: hear about London on a budget.

Student and Graduate Testimonials

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Being at the LSE has been one of the most meaningful journeys in my life. I met highly intellectual people with philanthropic spirit wanting to make some impactful changes from all over the world, all at one place. It has also equipped me with the necessary tools to understand the cause of things and thinking through a robust and feasible recommendations in a complex world. 

Farah Abdul Rahman (MPP Class of 2023.


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I would say that the best thing about being part of the LSE (and SPP in particular) is its atmosphere of universality where people of all nations identify as one academic society. The LSE is truly an academic, social, and cultural melting pot, where ideas are shared, theories are discussed, experiences are encouraged, and diversity is celebrated. I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to be here.

Mahmud Abdullahi (MPP Class of 2023)

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My time at LSE has been one of the most memorable of my life. The programme not only provided me with a toolbox to address public policy challenges, but also allowed me to share with a diverse group of professionals and learn from their experiences. If you want to be constantly challenged intellectually, live in one of the most vibrant cities in the world, and meet people with incredible human and professional qualities, then the programme is for you.

Francisco Ignacio (MPP Class of 2023)



Alumni stories

Our Alumni

The SPP boasts of a strong global community of over 2,000 alumni. Our international network of alumni not only transform the world around them by designing policy to tackle some of the world’s leading problems in the top levels of government, international organisations, and NGOs – but also makes our community a vibrant and supportive one long after graduation.

Alumni Benefits

As part of LSE SPP’s alumni engagement programme our alumni stay connected via our regular newsletters and in-person and virtual professional development and social events throughout the year. In 2023 this included our ‘Alumni symposium’ event in London where we welcomed alumni to hear from guest speakers on the topic of ‘Becoming Leaders in The Public Policy Arena’.    

Our alumni also connect regularly with our students throughout their studies and share their expertise through our student mentoring scheme and our career Q&A series.

As well as belonging to LSE School of Public Policy’s alumni network, SPP students will also belong to LSE’s prestigious alumni network of over 220,000 alumni across the world.

Alumni in Action

Learn more about our alumni and how they are making an impact around the world:


The MPP programme was immensely beneficial in helping me combine the theory, politics, and tools of policymaking - key elements in making governments and policies work for development. 

Toluwalola Kasali, MPP Class of 2020

Operations Officer (Creating Markets Advisory) at the IFC Nigeria (World Bank Group)

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The LSE SPP met and exceeded what I was looking for in a program. First, it gave me the ability to tailor my time at the MPP to my professional interests while meeting my educational objectives within nine months. Second, the programme had a multidisciplinary approach: pulling in expertise from the departments of government, political science, and philosophy, among others. And finally, all of this was delivered through a world-class institution with professors and peers from all over the world, who would complete the experience and provide a unique and diverse set of learnings. 


Yohann Sequeira, MPP Class of 2021

Senior Consultant at Dalberg Advisors

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MPP careers

Career support

At the heart of the SPP is an emphasis on helping our students shape and enhance their future careers in policy-related fields. Studying at the LSE School of Public Policy is an excellent career decision with employers across the globe attracted both to the intellectual rigour and the practical applications of our curriculums.

We understand the particular needs of early to mid-career policy professional seeking their next career step or looking to change direction, and the need to assess and reflect on your skills and experiences to date; the breadth of our curriculums will allow you to widen the perspectives through which you view your working life.

LSE Careers offers students a programme of support throughout their studies and after graduation.

In particular, students at LSE SPP have access to: 

  • one-to-one coaching in all aspects of career planning and professional development with the School of Public Policy's Careers Consultant
  • a weekly SPP Careers newsletter, compiled by a student employee, with relevant short-term and long-term opportunities
  • Q&A events with alumni working in particular sectors of interest
  • SPP networking evening with employers
  • access to LSE Careerhub, listing hundreds of opportunities, from short-term volunteering and internships to full-time positions for experienced professionals
  • Careers Impact Sessions which takes place early in year 1, followed by a networking evening with employers in relevant sectors
  • specialist careers seminars run by LSE Careers, including sessions on CVs and cover letters, career management, networking, interviews and advice specific to particular employment sectors 

Many leading organisations give careers presentations at the School during the year. LSE Careers has a wide range of resources available to assist students in their job search. Find out more about the support available.

SPP Professional Skills Accelerator

The SPP also offers an extensive and tailored programme of Professional Skills for Public Policy which is especially designed to complement the skills and insights that you gain as part of your programme curriculum and equip you with the necessary skills for the next step in your career.  

You will benefit from a series of training workshops with experienced practitioners and experts in key areas of professional development such as leadership, negotiation and persuasive communication.

Graduate Destinations

Our graduates go on to pursue careers in a wide range of sectors with popular destinations including; Government and Politics, Consultancy, Financial Services, NGOs & Charities, Data, Research & Think Tanks, International Development and Aid, Public Policy, and International Finance and Trade. 

Find out more about our alumni and their career journeys after graduation. 

Events and Contact Us

Upcoming SPP Events 

Information for events in 2024 will be available soon.

Past Events

SPP Programmes Overview - 13 November 2023
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Master of Public Policy (MPP) Information Session - 4 December 2023
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Information Events

SPP Programme Information Sessions

Throughout the year we will be hosting online SPP programme information sessions for prospective students. These sessions provide an opportunity for prospective students to interact with our faculty and students to find out more about a specific SPP programme.

Details of upcoming sessions can be found on our website and we also encourage you to register your interest to hear more about our upcoming sessions.

LSE information events and videos

LSE also have a number of webinars, videos, student blogs and student video diaries which will help you gain an insight into what it's like to study more broadly at LSE. Experience LSE from home

LSE representatives also travel around the world to meet with prospective students at information fairs and events Find details on LSE's upcoming visits

Visit LSE

Come on a guided campus tour, attend an undergraduate open day, drop into our office or go on a self-guided tour. Find out about opportunities to visit LSE

LSE and SPP Speaker Series

LSE's SPP is a hub of global debate which attracts expert guest speakers from around the world. Discover more about our events and podcast series where experts come together to debate some of the world's most pressing policy challenges. 

Discover more about SPP's guest speaker series and catch up on past events.

Contact us


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Fees and Funding queries: Visit LSE Financial Support Office webpages

Visa queries: Visit LSE Student Advice and Engagement webpages

Connect with us

You can find out more about SPP activities, faculty news, upcoming events and student life by connecting with us on social media:

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LSE SPP Instagram @lsepublicpolicy

LSE SPP X/Twitter @lsepublicpolicy