LSE-Fudan Double Degree in the Global Political Economy of China and Europe

  • Graduate taught
  • European Institute
  • Application code L2UT
  • Starting 2020
  • UK/EU full-time: Closed
  • Overseas full-time: Closed
  • Location: Houghton Street, London, Shanghai

Fudan University and LSE are pleased to offer this joint programme in public policy and administration. The programme will provide students with a multi-disciplinary analysis of key political and economic processes and problems in Europe and in China, considering them within a global context.

Your first year is spent in the European Institute at LSE, where you will study the Global Political Economy of China and Europe; your second year will be at Fudan University in Shanghai, where you will study Public Policy. This select programme is delivered by world-leading experts in the fields of political economy and public policy.

The programme is conducted entirely in English, though students will be expected to gain knowledge in Chinese at Fudan University.

Teaching and learning in Michaelmas Term 2020 
Information on how LSE will deliver teaching and learning in Michaelmas term can be found here.

Programme details

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements for LSE-Fudan Double Degree in the Political Economy of China and Europe

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

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.

Key facts

Start date September 2020, at LSE
Application deadline None – rolling admissions. However please note the funding deadlines
NB, all applicants from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau must contact Fudan University (see 'contact us') before starting an application to assess their eligibility for the programme. 
Duration 24 months full-time only
Applications 2018 New programme for 2019
Intake 2018 New programme for 2019
Tuition fee Year one, at LSE, UK/EU: £22,608
Year one, at LSE, overseas: £22,608
Year two, at Fudan, overseas students (ie, non-Chinese nationals): CNY 100,000 (provisional)
Year two, at Fudan, Chinese nationals: fee set by Chinese Ministry of Education (Contact Fudan for further details) 
Financial support Graduate support scheme, for year one at LSE, (deadline 27 April 2020), also financial support available through Fudan University
Minimum entry requirement 2:1 degree or equivalent in a social science subject
GRE/GMAT requirement None
English language requirements Higher (see 'assessing your application')
Location  Houghton Street, London (year one), Fudan University, Shanghai, China (year two)
For more information about tuition fees and entry requirements, see the fees and funding and assessing your application sections.

Programme structure and courses

In this programme, you will complete two full academic years at each university. This includes a Capstone project at LSE, and a dissertation at Fudan.

First year, at LSE

The first year is spent at LSE, studying the MSc in the Global Political Economy of China and Europe. You will take three compusory half-unit courses and choose from a range of options up to the value of one and a half units from within the European Institute and the Department of International Relations. Indicative options include Europe and World Trade, Models of Capitalism, and Culture and Security in Global Politics. In addition, you will complete a Capstone project as part of your first year studies.

(* denotes a half unit)

Political Economy in Theory and History*
Explores how the relation between state and economy in both Western Europe and Central and Eastern Europe has evolved over the post-war period and how historical political-economic development and theories of the political economy have interacted throughout that period.

Political Economy of Integration and Fragmentation in Europe*
Considers key contemporary questions for the political economy of Europe, especially in relation to recent and past crises of economic and political integration and the attempts to complete and reform the existing union.

Policy-making in the EU*
Offers the theoretically informed study of the EU policy-making across a selection of key issue areas. The principal aim of the course is to provide a detailed knowledge of how national and EU institutions interact in European policy making.  

Courses to the value of one and a half units from a range of options

MSc in The Global Political Economy of China and Europe Policy Incubator

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.

Second year, at Fudan

You will join the MSc in Public Policy, and be expected to write and orally defend your thesis during the second year.

Note, the below course listings are for indicative purposes only, and subject to change.




Basic courses (7 credits)

Chinese Government and Governance


Chinese language I and II

4 (2+2)

Core courses (15 credits required, with the option of transferring 3 credits from LSE)

Global Political Economy


Political Economy of China


International Relations of China


Chinese Public Policy Analysis


Policy and Program Evaluation


Global Public Policy


Elective courses (12 credits) – (Option to transfer some credits for these courses from LSE)


China’s Foreign Economic Policies


Comparative Public Management


Contemporary Chinese Diplomacy


Quantitative Research Methods


Qualitative Research Methods


China-EU Relations


Academic Activities (2 credits)

Academic activities


Social Practices (2 credits)

Social practice


Basic and Core course details

Chinese Government and Governance (3 credits)
This course is designed to enhance the students' understanding of the history, context, and current issues of public administration in China, with a focus on changes since 1978. Core issues of China's public sector, such as party-state relation, reform path since 1978, developmental state phenomenon, intergovernmental relations, government-business relation, government-society relation, civil service reform, corruption/anti-corruption, and China's engagement in global governance, will be discussed. Besides obtaining knowledge of China's public sector, students are expected to develop capacities to analytically write and debate China's governance issues.

Chinese language I and II (2+2 credits)
Students need to elect two Chinese language courses from among courses at basic, intermediate, and/or advanced levels. (Exemption provided for native speakers, who are PRC nationals)

 Global Political Economy (3 credits)
The course is designed to examine the interaction between politics and the economy in the international system. It delivers integrated literature from International Political Economy (IPE) as well as other relevant disciplines on the roles and interactions of states, international organizations, corporations, international and domestic institutions, and other factors. The course starts from theoretical elements of IPE, introduces major IPE themes and topics, and discusses major recent debates.  

Political Economy of China (3 credits)
This course will provide a comprehensive analytical and empirical discussion on the interaction between politics and economy in China’s past 7 decades, with a focus on its post-1978 period. Important topics include state’s role in economic reform, economic bureaucracy, the central-local economic relations, state-owned enterprises, private sectors, globalization and Chinese Economy etc.

International Relations of China (3 credits)
This course will examine the causes of China's changes in its foreign policy goals, values, and strategies and how these changes have reshaped China's foreign policies and international relations. Beyond these general analyses, the course will discuss important themes and topics in China's international relations such as Sino-US relation, China's relation with Zhoubian countries, decision making and implementation systems, global economic and environmental strategies, etc. The course intends to explore as a global player how China has exercised its comprehensive powers in ways to achieve its goals.    

Chinese Public Policy (3 credits)
The course is designed to develop student's skills to analyze complex policy problems in the modern Chinese contexts. Students are trained to critically think the necessity, appropriate forms, and effects of governmental intervention into public issues; to apply analytical methods and techniques to specific policy problems; and to understand the multiple factors that affect Chinese government's decision making, implementation, and evaluation. The course will expose students to policy analysis issues contingent on contextual factors.

Global Public Policy (3 credits)
This course is designed to examine general trends of public policy with a comparative and global perspective. The course intends to disclose the commonalities, differences, competition, and cooperation in global policy practices. Consequently, the course will examine policy learning and diffusion, regional and global policy cooperation, global policy actors and institutions, global civil service, agenda setting and policy making, and comparative policies, etc. The course will do case studies in areas like international environmental regime, crime-control cooperation, social policy, and industrial policy, etc.  

Quantitative Methods (3 credits)
This course applies statistical analysis to issues in public policy and administration. It addresses descriptive statistics, statistical inference, the nature of random variables, sampling distributions, point and interval estimation of parameters (mean, standard deviation, etc.), hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, and bivariate and multivariate regression. The course has a focus on practical aspects of applying such methods, appropriately interpreting the results of these statistical analysis tools, and gaining a meaningful understanding of how statistical analysis can be misused or erroneously executed. Use of computer tools for carrying out statistical analysis (primarily SAS) will is also a major emphasis

Global Leadership (3 credits)
This course aims to provide students, the future change agents, with the knowledge of building and exercising effective leadership and management skills on a global scale. While leadership theories will be taught, students develop practical knowledge of appropriate and leading behavior in contexts of varying cultures, values, constraints, and goals and learn how to coproduce best solutions with other stakeholders and veto-players, in a multinational or international environment. The course will especially focus on leadership in political and policy processes that combines both the art of persuasion and the rationality of instrumental calculation.  

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 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

R Baldwin and C Wyplosz The economics of European integration (McGraw-Hill Education, 6th edition, 2019)

C Bickerton European Integration: From Nation States to Member States (Oxford University Press, 2012)

M Blyth Austerity: the History of a Dangerous Idea (Oxford University Press, 2013)

W Carlin and D Soskice Macroeconomics. Imperfections, Institutions and Policies (Oxford University Press, 2006)

B Clift Comparative Political Economy: States, Markets and Global Capitalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)

D Dinan Europe Recast: A History of the European Union, Houndmills (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004)

D Dinan Ever Closer Union: an introduction to European integration (4th edition, Palgrave MacMillan, 2010)

S Durlauf and L Blume (eds) The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online (selected entries, 2008)

B Eichengreen The European Economy Since 1945: coordinated capitalism and beyond, (Princeton University Press, 2007)

B Hancké, M Rhodes and M Thatcher. (eds) Beyond Varieties of Capitalism: Conflict, Contradictions, and Complementarities in the European Economy (Oxford University Press, 2007)

C Hay and D Wincott The Political Economy of European Welfare Capitalism (Palgrave, 2012)

A Hemerijck Changing Welfare States (Oxford University Press, 2012)

G Majone Rethinking the Union of Europe Post-Crisis: Has Integration gone too far? (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

J Pelkmans European integration: methods and economic analysis (3rd editionPrentice Hall, 2006)

G Roland Transition and Economics: politics, markets and firms (The MIT Press, 2000)

B Rosamond Theories of European Integration (St Martin’s Press, 2000)

H Wallace, M Pollack  and A Young Policy-making in the European Union (7th edition, Oxford University Press, 2014)

H Zimmermann and A Dür (eds) Key controversies in European integration (2nd edition,Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)


Graduates of the programme can expect to pursue successful careers in politics, business, diplomacy, consultancy and journalism, and in international organisations and financial 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.

Assessing your application

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 Fudan University. Successful applicants will be notified by email and post.

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

- academic achievement (including predicted and achieved grades)
- statement of academic purpose
- two academic references
- CV

See further information on supporting documents

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.

When to apply

Applications for this programme are considered on a rolling basis, meaning the programme will close once it becomes full. There is no fixed deadline by which you need to apply, however to be considered for any 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. 

Applicants from mainland China

University students who are citizens of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), including students who are already enrolled in undergraduate programmes in Fudan University and other prestigious mainland Chinese universities, are eligible to apply to this programme through the recommendation (推荐) system, which enables qualified undergraduate students to participate in graduate programmes without taking the National Postgraduate Entrance Examination.

Interested applicants should first apply in September, to Fudan University. Applicants are required to have, or expect to have, a minimum GPA 3.5 (or equivalent) from their previous study, as well as meeting the necessary language entry requirements. 

Applicants from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau

Applicants from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, are required by Chinese law to complete the National Postgraduate Entrance Examination for Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau applicants and meet all the requirements, before their applications are jointly reviewed by Fudan University and LSE. For details see the link below. Note: All potential applicants from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao should contact Ms. Zhang at Fudan (see contacts above) before commencing on their application.

Further information on application requirements for students from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao 

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-Fudan Double Degree in the Global Political Economy of China and Europe

UK/EU students, first year: £22,608 (2020/21 at LSE)
Overseas students, first year: £22,608 (2020/21 at LSE)
Overseas students (ie, non-Chinese nationals), second year: CNY 100,000 (2020/21 at Fudan) - provisional
Chinese nationals, second year - fee set by Chinese Ministry of Education (Contact Fudan for further details) 

Please note that all students are also expected to pay an application fee of approximately CNY 800 in the second year of the programme.

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 at LSE 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 LSE tuition 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.

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 application for a place – including all ancillary documents, before the funding deadline. Funding deadline for needs-based awards from LSE: 27 April 2020.

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 second year of this programme, spent at Fudan University, may be eligible for financial aid from Fudan University and/or the Chinese government.

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

Contact us

Application contact, LSE

European Institute
London School of Economics
Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0)207 849 4646

Application contact, Fudan

ZHANG Rong (Ms.)
Administrative Office
Institute for Global Public Policy 
Fudan University
Room 802, West Sub-building of Guanghua Towers, Fudan University, No.220, Handan Road, 200433 Shanghai, P.R.China
Telephone: +86 21 6564 2019

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