Detailed curriculum information can be found in the 'Programme structure and courses' section of the MPP 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.
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 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 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.
Course structure (2021/2)
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.
(* denotes a half unit)
Political Science for Public Policy*
Quantitative Methods for Public Policy*
Economics for Public Policy*
Public Policy Applications*
Philosophy for Public Policy*
Option courses (electives)
You will also select courses to the value of one unit from a range of options.
The SPP offers a wide range of courses as options. You can review this current year’s (2022/23) option list here.
You may also apply to take options courses from other departments in the LSE.
For the most up-to-date list of optional courses please visit the relevant School Calendar page.