LSE-Bocconi Double Degree in European and International Public Policy and Politics

  • Graduate taught
  • European Institute
  • Application code L4UU
  • Starting 2020
  • UK/EU full-time: Open
  • Overseas full-time: Open
  • Location: Houghton Street, London, Milan

Bocconi University and LSE are proud to offer high-calibre students a joint programme in European and International Public Policy and Politics. Your first year is spent at Bocconi University in Milan, where you will study MSc Politics and Policy Analysis; your second year will be in the European Institute at LSE, where you will study MSc European and International Public Policy. This select programme is delivered by world-leading experts in public policy and politics.

The programme focuses on European politics and policy-making in an international context, with elective courses focussing on a critical assessment of Europe’s role in the world, and spanning the fields of political science, law, economics, social policy and other social sciences. 

The programme is conducted entirely in English, though students will be expected to gain knowledge in other languages whilst at Bocconi University.

Programme details

Key facts

Start date September 2020 at Bocconi University
Application deadline Apply via Bocconi  - deadline  extended to 5 April 2020
Duration 24 months full-time only
Applications 2018 New programme for 2019
Intake 2018 New programme for 2019
Tuition fee Year one: TBC (2020 entry, at Bocconi)
Year two: £23,520 provisional (2021 continuing, at LSE)
Financial support Graduate support scheme (for year two at LSE – apply in year one), financial support also available through Bocconi
Minimum entry requirement 2:1 degree or equivalent, preferably in a social science subject.
GRE/GMAT requirement Required; see Bocconi University website for more details
English language requirements Higher (see 'assessing your application')
Location  Bocconi University, Milan (year one) Houghton Street, London (year two)
For more information about tuition fees and entry requirements, see the fees and funding and assessing your application sections.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements for LSE-Bocconi Double Degree in European and International Public Policy

Upper second class honours (2:1) degree or equivalent, preferably in a social science subject.

You must also submit a GMAT (or GRE) text, as per the requirements on the Bocconi website.

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.

If you have studied or are studying outside of the UK then have a look at our Information for International Students to find out the entry requirements that apply to you.

Assessing your application

Students will apply for this programme via the Bocconi University website. Successful applicants will also be expected to complete a free application via the LSE system so that they can provide relevant copies of required documentation.

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.

Applications are administered by a joint admissions board of representatives consisting of both LSE and Bocconi University. Successful applicants will be notified by email and post.

Supporting documents

In addition to the submitting the application form, you must also submit the following documents as part of the application process:

  1. a full and official transcript of marks obtained for each year of university level education, including the current year when available
  2. a certified copy of your undergraduate degree (if applicable). Documents written in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation
  3. a statement of academic purpose to be submitted in English. In no more than 1,000 words, describe your background, your career objectives as these relate to Europe/the EU, and how obtaining the LSE/Bocconi Double Degree will help you to achieve those objectives
  4. two letters of academic recommendation. These should be English, or be accompanied by a certified translation. They must be submitted online or placed in an envelope sealed and signed on the back by the referee before being added to the application file
  5. a résumé in English
  6. optional: you may also submit letters of professional recommendation

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.

Programme structure and courses

Each student participating in this programme will complete two full academic years in total (one each at Bocconi and LSE). The programme also includes the writing of a dissertation, which will be prepared and assessed at LSE in year two. Students will prepare additional materials and defend the dissertation at Bocconi; for this work Bocconi will give a separate grade. Students will also undertake a relevant professional internship, organised by Bocconi, of at least ten weeks duration, while they are not registered at LSE.

First year, at Bocconi

The first year is spent at Bocconi University. Students will join the MSc in Politics and Policy Analysis, on their own track. Students are also required to study languages and undertake an internship.

Indicative courses include:

Methods and Tools for Public Policy Analysis
Public Administration, Economics and Politics
Law and Policy Making

Second year, at LSE

The second year runs from September until September of the following year. Students will join the MSc European and International Public Policy, on their own stream. In addition to the compuslory courses, you have the option of taking The Politics and Policies of Brexit. You will choose options from a range available within the European Institute, as well as other relevant areas such as politics. In addition, you will complete a Dissertation.

(* denotes a half unit)

Evidence and Analysis in Policy-Making*
Provides students with methodological knowledge and practical skills to analyse and evaluate policies and interventions by International Organisations, the European Union or national governments.

Courses to the value of one unit from the following:

European Policy-Making and International Cooperation
Introduces students to governance in Europe at the national and European Union level.

European Integration from a Global Governance Perspective*

Analytical Politics and Policymaking in Europe*

Engaging with Europe: Professional Skills (unassessed)
Introduces students to professional skills development through a programme of skills training workshops and guest lectures from distinguished outside practitioners.

An independent research project of 10,000 words on an approved topic of your choice.

Courses to value of one and a half units 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 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.

Teaching and assessment

Contact hours and independent study

At LSE you will take a number of courses, often including half unit courses and full unit courses. In half unit courses, on average, you can expect 20-30 contact hours in total and for full unit courses, on average, you can expect 40-60 contact hours in total. This includes sessions such as lectures, classes, seminars or workshops. Hours vary according to courses and you can view indicative details in the Calendar within the Teaching section of each course guide.

You are also expected to complete independent study outside of class time. This varies depending on the programme, but requires you to manage the majority of your study time yourself, by engaging in activities such as reading, note-taking, thinking and research.

Teaching methods

LSE is internationally recognised for its teaching and research and therefore employs a rich variety of teaching staff with a range of experience and status. Courses may be taught by individual members of faculty, such as lecturers, senior lecturers, readers, associate professors and professors. Many departments now also employ guest teachers and visiting members of staff, LSE teaching fellows and graduate teaching assistants who are usually doctoral research students and in the majority of cases, teach on undergraduate courses only. You can view the indicative details for the teacher responsible for each course in the relevant course guide.


All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. LSE uses a range of formative assessment, such as essays, problem sets, case studies, reports, quizzes, mock exams and many others. Summative assessment may be conducted during the course or by final examination at the end of the course. An indication of the formative coursework and summative assessment for each course can be found in the relevant course guide.

Academic support

You will also be assigned an academic mentor who will be available for guidance and advice on academic or personal concerns.

There are many opportunities to extend your learning outside the classroom and complement your academic studies at LSE. LSE LIFE is the School’s centre for academic, personal and professional development. Some of the services on offer include: guidance and hands-on practice of the key skills you will need to do well at LSE: effective reading, academic writing and critical thinking; workshops related to how to adapt to new or difficult situations, including development of skills for leadership, study/work/life balance and preparing for the world of work; and advice and practice on working in study groups and on cross-cultural communication and teamwork.

LSE is committed to enabling all students to achieve their full potential and the School’s Disability and Wellbeing Service provides a free, confidential service to all LSE students and is a first point of contact for all disabled students.

Preliminary reading

The following reading list indicates the range of literature you will encounter on the course. You are encouraged to read some of them before you arrive.

Putnam, R. (1988). Diplomacy and domestic politics: the logic of two-level. In International Organizations, 42(3), pp. 427-460.

Tsebelis, G. (2002). Veto Players: How Political Institutions Work. Princeton University Press.

Pollack, M. (2015). Theorizing EU Policy-Making. In Wallace et al. (Eds). (2015). Policy-making in the European Union. Oxford: OUP.

Moravcsik, A. (1998). The Choice for Europe: Social Purpose and State Power from Messina to Maastricht. Cornell University Press.

Hagemann, S., Bailer, S. and Herzog, A. (forthcoming, 2018) ‘Signals to their parliaments: governments’ strategic use of votes and policy statements in the Council of the European Union’, Journal of Common Market Studies.

Boerzel, T., Hofmann, T. Panke, D. and Sprungk, K. (2010). Obstinate and Inefficient: Why Member States Do Not Comply With European Law. In Comparative Political Studies, 43(11), pp. 1363-1390.

Keohane, Robert. (2005). After hegemony: cooperation and discord in the world political economy. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Schneider, C. and Slantchev, B. (2018). The Domestic Politics of International Cooperation: Germany and the European Debt Crisis. In International Organization, 72(1), pp. 1-31.

Hobolt, S. (2016). The Brexit Vote: A Divided Nation, A Divided Continent. In Journal of European Public Policy, 23(9), pp. 1259-1277.

De Vries, C. (2018). Euroscepticism and the Future of European Integration. Oxford: OUP.


Graduates of the programme can expect to pursue successful careers in politics, journalism, diplomacy, business, academia and consultancy, in the EU institutions, national administrations and the international institutions.

Support for your career

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

Fees and funding

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 2020/21 for LSE-Bocconi Double Degree in European and International Public Policy

UK/EU students, first year: TBC (2020/21 at Bocconi)
Overseas students, first year: TBC (2020/21 at Bocconi)
UK/EU students, second year: £23,520 provisional (2021/22 at LSE)
Overseas students, second year: £23,520 provisional (2021/22 at LSE)

Fee status

For this programme, the tuition fee is the same for all students regardless of their fee status. However any financial support you are eligible for will depend on whether you are classified as a Home (UK/EU) or Overseas student, otherwise known as your fee status. LSE assesses your fee status based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education.

Fee reduction

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.

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 over £11.5 million in scholarships each year to graduate students from the UK, EU and overseas.

The first year of this programme, spent at Bocconi University, may be eligible for financial aid from Bocconi.

The second year of this programme, spent at LSE, is eligible for needs-based awards from LSE, including the Graduate Support SchemeMaster's Awards, and Anniversary Scholarships. You must apply for these needs-based awards from LSE, during your first year of study, submitting an application by the funding deadline, normally in April each year.

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. 

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

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