Frequently Asked Questions

(FAQs)

Below you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions about the programme.

At a time when the practice of good governance is being eroded, experts derided and societies polarized, the LSE School of Public Policy is committed to the promotion of democratic values and the use of reasoned judgement in the pursuit of public service.

Professor Andrés Velasco, Dean of the School of Public Policy

About the MPP

How long is the programme?

The MPP programme is a full-time nine-month programme. The duration of the programme will run from September until June each year. Upon completing the academic requirements, students will attend a graduation ceremony in July of each year.

Can I study part-time?

The MPP degree is only offered as a full-time programme. Teaching will take place every weekday (Monday through Friday) and you will be expected to contribute approximately 35 hours per week toward your studies and academic requirements. If you are considering completing part-time study, our closest alternative is the Executive MPA programme.

Where can I find the MPP curriculum?

For details regarding the MPP curriculum, please visit the curriculum website.

How many hours of teaching will I have each week?

You will normally have 2-3 hours of classroom based teaching each week for each course. This will usually add up to around 12-15 hours per week in class. As the MPP is a full-time programme, you will be expected to spend the equivalent number of hours studying as you would spend working if you were in full-time employment (35-40 hours per week in total).

What types of assessment and feedback will I have?

As an MPP student, you should expect a variety of teaching methods, such as class exercises, team presentations, individual or group work, or case study discussions.

What are the student demographics?

The LSE School of Public Policy is proud of its highly diverse student body. Our students come from a wide variety of professional and academic backgrounds. Normally, in a given academic year, our students come from approximately different 40 countries. For more information regarding our student body, please consult the department’s class profile, as well as the student profiles on our website.

What support is available?

The MPP programme offers specific study support tailored to our students’ needs, including a Skills Development Seminar.

As a student of the LSE School of Public Policy, you will also have access to the LSE Language Centre’s English programme, as well as LSE Life: the academic, personal, and professional development centre for students.

All academic staff hold weekly office hours during term time, which any student may use to discuss academic matters.

Do I need advance preparation?

The MPP has designed a pre-arrival study programme to support the development of our students prior to their arrival and to provide assistance in your academic transition into this one-year programme. These courses are available throughout the summer to MPP offer holders who have accepted their offer of a place on the MPP. 

Tuition Fees and Funding

How much does the programme cost?

For more information on tuition fees, please visit the LSE Table of Fees for the most up to date costs.

Where can I find information about scholarships and financial assistance?

LSE scholarships and financial assistance are coordinated by the LSE Financial Support Office.

All applicants to the one-year MPP programme are eligible to apply to the LSE Graduate Support Scheme (GSS). Applicants do not have to wait for a decision on their application before applying to the Graduate Support Scheme. The Financial Support Office’s webpages contain further information, including details of some external funding organisations that potential students may be able to apply to. Applications to the GSS close at the end of April each year.

Any queries about funding and financial support should be directed to the Financial Support Office as the MPP Team is unable to provide specific advice on this issue.

Applying to the MPP

How do I apply to the MPP programme?

All applications are made through LSE’s Graduate Admissions Office. Applications open mid-October each year. Full details of how to apply are available on the MPP how to apply page. This includes information about the entry requirements and the documents applicants are required to submit with their application.

What are the entry requirements?

Please visit the entry requirements section on the how to apply page for further details.

Is there a graduate open day?

LSE offers a virtual open day where you can watch a wide range of talks on applying to LSE, accommodation, careers, financial support, support services and life at LSE.

This virtual open day can be viewed at any time, from anywhere in the world. In addition, the MPP programme holds regular Online Information Sessions which provide you with the opportunity to learn more about study support, future careers and extra-curricular activities.

Each session ends with time for your questions, which are answered live by our team. If you would like to visit the LSE campus, please consult this page concerning in-person campus visits.

How many applications do you receive each year?

Since 2019 is the one-year MPP programme’s inaugural admission class, there is no information available concerning past applications. 

What are the application deadlines?

The MPP programme does not have a set deadline for applications. The LSE School of Public Policy considers applications to the MPP programme on a rolling basis. The MPP programme has a limited number of offers to make each year and once this limit has been reached, no further applications can be considered.

To find out about current programme availability, go to the LSE Graduate Admissions homepage and click "Available programmes" in the menu on the left of the page. We recommend that applicants submit their applications as early as possible to maximise their chance of being considered.

What do you look for in an applicant?

The selectors will consider the application as a whole before making a final decision.

With regard to the MPP programme, selectors are interesting in addressing the following criteria:

  • Proven academic ability with a strong academic record from previous higher education institutions. Economics and experience in quantitative work is useful, however there is no first degree subject requirement for this programme.
  • You should have at least three years of professional work experience, while most applicants will possess five years of professional work experience.
  • Your application will also be determined by the strength of your personal statement to the LSE School of Public Policy. The selection committee holds high expectations for the personal statement portion of the application process. Personal statements should be well written and sufficiently explain how your professional and academic experiences would make you a great candidate for this programme.

Please note we can not advise on individual applications or give any indication if an applicant should apply. Full details of the entry requirements are available from the Graduate Admissions website.

Can I submit a professional reference?

Please select the ‘two academic references’ item from the list on this webpage for reference requirements.

How long should my personal statement be?

Please select the 'personal statement' item from the list on this webpage for more information.

Where do I send my application documents?

All application documents must be sent to Graduate Admissions. If you are unable to upload your documents, please contact Graduate Admissions for advice.

What is your GRE/GMAT policy?

We do not require applicants to have taken GRE/GMAT tests. However, if you have taken one of these, and you feel your results will support your application, you are welcome to include it. As this is not a requirement for the MPP we cannot advise what the Selectors would consider a good score. We are also unable to advise applicants what the average GRE/GMAT score is as only a minority of applicants choose to include this information.

Can I still apply even if my English language score is lower than required?

The requirements for English language test scores are available here. However, you can apply if you have not yet achieved the required score. If your application is successful you will receive a conditional offer, which means that you will only be able to join the MPP if you achieve the required test scores before the programme starts. If you will require a student visa, please note that you will need to hold an unconditional offer in order to receive the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) you will need for your visa application so will need to achieve the required English test score leaving enough time to apply for your visa and wait for a decision on your visa application.

Do you accept transfer students?

Unfortunately, the MPP programme does not accept transfer students. It is also not possible for students to attend individual courses at LSE without being enrolled in a degree programme.

What happens after I submit my application?

The LSE Graduate Admissions Office will process your submitted application. They will confirm to you that it has been received and if any further action or documents are required from you. Graduate Admissions receive applications and documentation for all graduate programmes at LSE. This means that it may take some time for your application to be processed. You can see the current processing times on-line.

The MPP Team will not be able to tell you when you will receive a decision on your application as all decisions are processed and sent by Graduate Admissions. Please note that all queries relating to application documents should be directed to Graduate Admissions. 

Visiting the Campus

Can I visit the campus?

There is open access to many parts of LSE's campus and visitors are welcome to take a self-guided tour using a campus map, available from reception desks on campus.

The teaching and research commitments of the academic staff mean that they are not able to meet with offer-holders. However, if you are visiting the campus and would like to speak to someone about the MPP programme, the MPP Team would be happy to meet with you. Please email mpp@lse.ac.uk if you would like to arrange an appointment.

If you have specific questions about the programme, you are also welcome to email them to mpp@lse.ac.uk.

It is not possible for offer-holders to attend any teaching sessions connected to the MPP programme or any other LSE programme as these are only open to registered students, however there is an extensive programme of public events at LSE most evenings during term-time (please note that some of these require a ticket).

Please click here for more information.

Careers Services

What career support is available for MPP students?

MPP students can benefit from the full range of services offered by LSE Careers. An LSE Careers Consultant works with the MPP to make sure that you get the best possible support in developing your career plans during your time studying.

Can I apply for a PhD programme after I complete my MPP?

There is no direct link between the MPP and any particular LSE PhD programme so students are free to focus on their own area of interest. If you are considering applying for a PhD programme at LSE, you are advised to visit the web pages of the LSE academic departments for further information on available PhD programmes.

Working While Studying

Will I be able to work while studying for the MPP?

Some students do work part-time while studying for the MPP. Occasionally there are opportunities to work on campus but teaching assistant positions at LSE are normally only available to PhD students. If you are at LSE with a student visa, you need to make sure that you do not work more hours that your visa allows you to. You can check the terms of your visa with the International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT).

Please be aware that as the MPP is a full-time programme you are expected to spend the equivalent number of hours studying as you would spend working if you were in full-time employment (35-40 hours per week). If you are planning to work while studying, your studies must always come first and for that reason we strongly advise that you do not accept any form of paid work until after your academic teaching schedule is fully confirmed. It is not possible for LSE to adjust your academic schedule to accommodate work commitments.

The MPP Team is not able to assist students with finding part-time employment although any details of employment opportunities that we receive are circulated to students. LSE Careers has a vacancy board where registered students can search for employment opportunities (please note this can only be accessed by registered students and not by offer-holders). If you have any further questions, please email mpp@lse.ac.uk or take part in an Online Information Session.

Offer-holders

Congratulations you have received your offer! What happens next?

When is the deadline for accepting my offer?

There is no set deadline for accepting your offer. You may receive reminders from Graduate Admissions if you have held your offer for some time, but your offer will not be withdrawn because you have not yet responded. If you will need to apply for a student visa, please note that Graduate Admissions will not issue you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) unless you have accepted your offer, submitted your Financial Undertaking Form (FUF) and your offer is unconditional.

I have a question about a document I have to provide in my offer letter – who should I contact?

Please contact Graduate Admissions with any queries about documents you have been asked to provide.

I just accepted my offer for the Master of Public Policy when do I need to submit my English test results?

Please note that you will only be able to join the MPP programme, if you achieve the required test scores before the programme starts. IELTS and TOEFL scores may be submitted at any time. You must meet any English language conditions stated on your offer letter before you will be allowed to register as an LSE student. If you fail to meet the required test scores please ensure that you book another test as soon as possible and try to improve your scores.

If you require a student visa please note that you will not be able to apply for this until you have received an UNCONDITIONAL offer from LSE. You will only receive an unconditional offer once you have submitted proof to Graduate Admissions that you have met all the conditions of your offer. Please also be aware that many external scholarship providers require applicants to hold an unconditional offer.

How can I check whether my documents have been received by LSE?

You can track the progress of your documents through the application tracker. Please remember that Graduate Admissions deal with all graduate programmes at LSE and receive a very large number of documents on most days.

Graduate Admissions publish information on the web about their current processing times so please check this as it may take longer to process documents at busy times. The LSE School of Public Policy does not receive your documents so we will not be able to tell you whether they have arrived at LSE or when they will be processed. If you are worried that something may have been lost in the post, please contact Graduate Admissions directly for advice.

How can I defer my offer?

The MPP programme does not have a deferral system. Requests for deferrals can only be considered in very exceptional circumstance such as personal/family illness or the impact of a natural disaster. If you feel your circumstances are exceptional, you can request a deferral online. If a deferral is granted, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to hold your place. Please note that deferrals cannot be granted on financial grounds or because of employment opportunities, but it is possible to reinstate an application for the following year.

What does reinstating an application mean?

If you are unable to accept your offer, you may want to consider reinstating your application for the following year. Reinstating means that your existing application form and documents will be forwarded to the Selectors in the next round of applications so you will not need to provide new copies of transcripts and references. All reinstated applications are considered again by the Selectors so there is no guarantee that you will receive another offer. You can reinstate your application for the following year online.

Living in London

How do I apply for university accommodation?

Information about LSE’s halls of residence and how to apply can be found on the Student Accommodation webpages. There is also a section on finding private housing.

Can I visit campus before the start of my programme?

There is open access to many parts of LSE's campus and visitors are welcome to take a self-guided tour using a campus map, available from reception desks on campus. The teaching and research commitments of the academic staff mean that they are not able to meet with offer-holders. However, if you are visiting the campus and would like to speak to someone about the MPP programme, the MPP Team would be happy to meet with you. Please email mpp@lse.ac.uk if you would like to arrange an appointment. If you have specific questions about the programme, you are welcome to email them to mpp@lse.ac.uk.

It is not possible for offer-holders to attend any teaching sessions connected to the MPP programme or any other LSE programme as these are only open to registered students, however there is an extensive programme of public events at LSE most evenings during term-time (please note that some of these require a ticket). Please click here for more information.

Visas

I need to apply for a student visa – when will I receive my CAS?

Your CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) will be issued by LSE’s Graduate Admissions Office. As such, please check communications sent by Graduate Admissions (both by email and through the application tracker) for information about CAS, which are usually issued from May onwards.

Graduate Admissions require you to hold an unconditional offer, to have accepted your offer and to have completed your Financial Undertaking Form before they can issue a CAS. The MPP Team is not involved in this and is therefore unable to advise when you might receive your CAS.

Who should I contact if I have a question about my visa application?

LSE’s International Student Visa Advice Team has a large amount of information for prospective students on its webpages. If you cannot find the information you require, there is a web query form available. The International Student Visa Advice Team staffs are the only people at LSE who are authorised to give advice on visa issues so the MPP Team will not be able to answer queries about visas.

LSE’s International Student Visa Advice Team has a large amount of information for prospective students on its webpages. If you cannot find the information you require, there is a web query form available. The International Student Visa Advice Team staff are the only people at LSE who are authorised to give advice on visa issues so the MPP Team will not be able to answer queries about visas.