FAQ's for Applicants
Am I eligible to apply?
Please consult the Graduate Prospectus page for ISPP which outlines the entry requirements for the programme. You can also find general information about entry requirements for graduate study (including English Language requirements) here. If you have any further questions about you eligibility for the programme please contact our Graduate Admissions team.
When is the submission deadline for applications?
There is a rolling admissions process with no set application deadline. You can check whether applications have closed here. Please be aware there may be deadlines if you wish to apply for funding. Further information on fees and funding can be found here.
Can I take courses from other Departments?
You can find the programme regulations and courses required for each stream on the Graduate Prospectus page for ISPP. As part of the programme you will be required to take compulsory courses (as prescribed in the programme regulations) as well as a choice of optional courses. For your optional choices it may be possible to take relevant courses from outside of the Department, however, this would be subject to agreement from the ISPP programme director as well as available space on the outside course you wish to take.
Is there an open day?
No, there is no specific ISPP open day, however, there are plenty of opportunities to visit the LSE campus to gain an insight into the LSE experience. You can find information about these here. You can also take a virtual open day online.
How long does the programme last?
Full-time students will study over a 12 month period. It is also possible to study part-time over 24 months.
I am unable to pay the application fee can I receive any support?
If you are unable to pay the application fee you can request a fee waiver. You can find the form and more information about applying for this here.
Are there any scholarships or other forms of financial support available?
You can find information about fees and funding opportunities on the graduate prospectus page for ISPP here.
What are the career prospects?
As well as providing intellectual stimulation, your studies will also help you achieve your career goals. The interdisciplinary nature of Social Policy means that graduates are equipped with a broad range of knowledge and skills that can be applied in many different settings. Many Social Policy graduates apply their academic training directly; working as policy specialists in government, the public sector and NGOs, as well as following careers in a wide variety of other areas such as consultancy, education, healthcare, and police and justice services. Whichever path you wish to pursue, the LSE Careers Service is there to provide you with comprehensive careers guidance both during and after your studies. You will also be able to connect with a network of 130,000 former students in the LSE alumni community, and benefit from mentoring and networking events through involvement with alumni special interest and regional groups.
FAQ's for Offer Holders
Can I defer my offer of a place on the programme?
If you are a current offer holder but are unable to attend this academic year you can apply to defer it until the next academic year. You can find information on deferring your offer, and the application form, on the Graduate Admissions page here.
Is it possible to change streams prior to starting?
Yes, if you are an offer holder and wish to change streams prior to starting your study can do so by completing the online form (Number 9 – ‘decline my current offer in order to take up another offer at LSE?’) which can be found here. When completing the form please stipulate the new stream you would like to follow and also the one for which you originally had the offer. The Graduate Admissions team will then process your request to change.
NB Please be aware that the entry criteria for ISPP (Research) differ from those for the other streams and so it may not be possible to change into this stream from another. Incoming students wishing to change to the Research stream should, in addition to having a strong academic background (a general requirement), provide a statement setting out their motivation for doing the Research stream. This should include details on any previous training/courses and/or experience in research methods (previous training is not, however, a requirement), and how you expect the research skills you will acquire on the stream to help you in your future studies and/or career. If you wish to change to the Research stream, please complete the online form number 3 'add or amend my programme choices' which can be found here.
Is it possible to change streams after I have started?
Yes, however this is dependent on the courses you have chosen and whether they are allowed within the programme regulations for the stream you wish to change to. If you are in receipt of a scholarship and you wish to change streams we would also recommend that you check whether there will be any implications for your funding.
NB Please be aware that the entry criteria for ISPP (Research) differ from those for the other streams and so it may not be possible to change into this stream from another. Students wishing to change to the Research stream should, in addition to having a strong academic background (a general requirement), provide a statement setting out their motivation for doing the Research stream. This should include details on any previous training/courses and/or experience in research methods (previous training is not, however, a requirement), and how you expect the research skills you will acquire on the stream to help you in your future studies and/or career.