LSE-PKU Double Degree in Public Administration and Government

  • Graduate taught
  • Department of Government
  • Application code L2UI
  • Starting 2020
  • UK/EU full-time: Closed
  • Overseas full-time: Closed
  • Location: Beijing, Houghton Street, London

This double degree programme with Peking University (PKU) combines an empirical and theoretical approach to public policy and administration.

This innovative programme offers an outstanding opportunity for graduate students and young professionals. The first year is spent at PKU, with a focus on public policy and administration in China and the Asia Pacific region. The second year is spent at LSE, where you will follow the programme of the MSc Public Policy and Administration. This includes a range of compulsory and optional courses, as well as a research-based dissertation.

You will engage at an advanced level with the latest academic research and undertake your own research-based term work and dissertation. This programme will be a good preparation for further research work or for a career in education, public administration or the private sector, the media, politics or law.

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

Key facts

Start date September 2020 at PKU Beijing (provisional)
Application deadline  Deadline extended to 15 March 2020
Duration 24 months full-time only
Tuition fee Year one: TBC (2018 provisional fee at PKU was CNY 80,000)
Year two: £23,520 (2021 continuing, at LSE) - provisional
Financial support Graduate Support Scheme (for year two at LSE – apply in year one)
Minimum entry requirement 2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline
GRE/GMAT requirement None
English language requirements Higher (see 'assessing your application')
Location  PKU, Beijing, China (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-PKU Double Degree in Public Administration and Government

Upper second class honours degree (2:1) or equivalent in any discipline.

All applicants from People's Republic of China who do not have dual citizenship (ie, do not hold a passport from another third country) must complete the National Entrance Examination for Postgraduate Students in China. It is necessary for these students to contact the School of Government at Peking University before submitting an application to assess their eligibility for PKU. 

For further information about the National Entrance Examination for Postgraduate students in China and about the application process please contact Ms. Li Bo, Director for External Affairs, School of Government on or call +86-10-62755478 or fax +86-10-62755478 

Important - for this programme dual citizenship means you have a full passport of another country, aside from the passport, residence permit or identity card for the Peoples Republic of China, Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan 

Application deadline: Applications must be complete (all supporting documents received) by the deadline, which is TBC for 2020.

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

All applicants apply to LSE in the normal way, using the online application form. This includes applicants from the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and PKU students.

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.

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.


Programme structure and courses

First year, at Peking University

All courses are one semester long. Course outlines are for indicative purposes only, and final names and contents may vary. Not all courses may run in every year.

At Peking University, you take four compulsory courses. You will also choose two courses from a range of optional courses. In order to complete the first year you are expected to write, submit and defend a dissertation on a topic relevant to your studies.

Chinese Politics and Public Policy
Chinese Economic Development and Reform
Quantitative Methods for Public Policy
Chinese Language
Two courses from a range of options

More details about the courses at PKU.

Second year, at LSE

At LSE, you will follow the programme of the MSc Public Policy and Administration, including a range of compulsory and optional courses, as well as completing a research-based dissertation. By taking appropriate combinations of courses you have the opportunity to obtain your MSc with a specialised stream in Comparative Public Policy or Public Management, which will be noted on your degree certificate.

(* denotes a half unit)

Approaches and Issues in Public Policy and Administration 
Examines major issues in understanding public administration and policy.

Public Management Theory and Doctrine*
Focuses on the key areas of public management with reference to both developed and lesser developed world contexts
Comparative Public Policy Change*
Examines explanations of policy change using cross-national comparison 
Policy Advice in Theory and Practice*
Focuses on how policy advice is commissioned, produced, managed and used.

Introduction to Quantitative Analysis*
Covers the foundations of descriptive statistics and statistical examination and inference 
Applied Regression Analysis*
Concerned with the deepening understanding of the generalised linear model and its application to social science data.


Courses to the value of one unit 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

Within your programme 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. Courses comprise seminars, lectures, essays, examinations, class discussions, assessed coursework (in some courses) and a 10,000-word dissertation. Chinese language lessons take place in class, for four hours per week, and are a combination of lectures and student practice. 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.


Examinations will be held at the end of term. 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.


The programme provides an excellent preparation for careers in academia, business or consulting, government or international agencies, the media, politics and law.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme

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-PKU Double Degree in Public Administration and Government

UK/EU students, first year: TBC (2018 provisional fee at PKU was CNY 80,000)
Overseas students, first year: TBC (2018 provisional fee at PKU was CNY 80,000)
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 reductions and rewards

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. As this is a double degree, this applies only to the year spent at LSE.

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 £13 million in scholarships each year to graduate students from the UK, EU and overseas.

Funding for the second year, at LSE

This programme 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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