Programmes

LSE-University of Toronto Double Master of Public Administration (LSE) and Master of Global Affairs (Munk School)

  • Graduate taught
  • School of Public Policy
  • Application code L2TU
  • Starting 2021
  • Home full-time: Open
  • Overseas full-time: Open
  • Location: Houghton Street, London, Toronto

This new double (dual) degree offers students an outstanding opportunity to study at two world-leading universities and gain a Master of Public Administration from the London School of Economics and a Master of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto. Throughout the two-year programme students will develop key policy skills through an immersion in public and international affairs and will benefit from access to the expert faculty, careers support, internship resources and alumni networks of both prestigious institutions.

The double degree draws on the unique academic strengths of each institution to equip students with key skills in political science, economics, quantitative analysis and an understanding of the philosophical principles underlying good public policy. The second-year adds an international affairs dimension with in-depth study of the global system and its stakeholders, innovation policy, global justice, development, markets, and security.

In addition, students will also benefit from a professional skills programme which will equip them to engage and lead in the rapidly changing policy environment that shape our societies and give them a head start over other graduates in seeking post-study employment in the private, public or international sectors.

The professional skills package includes:

· A dedicated ‘professional skills programme’ which runs across the two years

· A funded internship scheme during the ‘middle summer’ between the first and second year (under the governance of the University of Toronto).

· Completion of a capstone project during the second year, where students will work with an employer organisation on a real-life policy challenge.

· Ability to apply for a Canadian work visa valid for up to two years after their graduation date.

The array of courses and perspectives, as well as the immersion in problems with international and global reach, powerfully combines the expertise of these two institutions and prepares graduates to engage with complex policy issues in national and global policy making.

Teaching and learning in 2021
We hope that programmes beginning in September 2021 will be unaffected by Coronavirus. If there are going to be any changes to the delivery of the programme we will update this page to reflect the amendments and all offer holders will be notified. For more information about LSE's teaching plans for 2020 please visit: https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Graduate/Prospective-students/Teaching-Methods and to view our Coronavirus FAQ's for prospective students please see: https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/meet-visit-and-discover-LSE/COVID-19/Coronavirus-FAQs-for-prospective-applicants

Programme details

Key facts

 
Start date September 2021
Application deadline None – rolling admissions. However please note the funding deadlines
Duration 21 months full-time only
Applications 2020 New programme for 2021
Intake 2020 New programme for 2021
Tuition fee Year one: £26,383 (2021 entry)
Year two: $21, 070.00 CAD (approximately) for domestic students. $41,870.00 CAD (approximately) for international students (2022 continuing at the University of Toronto)
Financial support Graduate support scheme (deadline 29 April 2021) for LSE financial support for the first year of study only
Minimum entry requirement

A minimum Upper Second Class (2:1) in the UK system, minimum CGPA of a mid-B and a minimum final year GPA of a B+ (3.3/4.0 GPA) or international equivalent grade, in any subject discipline

GRE/GMAT requirement None
English language requirements Higher (see 'assessing your application')
Location  Houghton Street, London, UK (year one) and Toronto, Canada (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 the LSE-University of Toronto Double Master of Public Administration (LSE) and Master of Global Affairs (Munk School)

A BA degree or equivalent in any discipline with the following classifications:

· A minimum CGPA of a mid-B and a minimum final year GPA of a B+ (3.3/4.0 GPA).

· A minimum Upper Second Class (2:1) in the UK system or international equivalent grade, in any subject discipline.

Candidates must also be able to provide proof of English Language Proficiency to LSE’s ‘Higher’ level.

Competition for places 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

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)
- relevant professional experience
- statement of academic purpose
- two 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. 

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 2021/22 for the LSE-University of Toronto Double Master of Public Administration (LSE) and Master of Global Affairs (Munk School)

Year one: £26,383 (2021/22)
Year two: $21, 070.00 CAD (approximately) for domestic students. $41,870.00 CAD (approximately) for international students (2022/23)

Fee status

For this programme, the LSE 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 or as an overseas student, otherwise known as your fee status. LSE assesses your fee status based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education.

Further information about fee status classification.

Fee reductions

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 generous scholarships each year to graduate students from the UK, EU and overseas.

Funding for the first 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. Selection for any funding opportunity is based on receipt of an offer for a place and submitting a Graduate Financial Support application, before the funding deadline.

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.

Funding for the second year, at the University of Toronto

There is currently no funding available for the second year at the University of Toronto.

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

Information for international students

LSE is an international community, with over 140 nationalities represented amongst its student body. We celebrate this diversity through everything we do.  

If you are applying to LSE from outside of the UK then take a look at our Information for International students

1) Take a note of the UK qualifications we require for your programme of interest (found in the ‘Entry requirements’ section of this page. 

2) Go to the International Students section of our website. 

3) Select your country. 

4) Select ‘Graduate entry requirements’ and scroll until you arrive at the information about your local/national qualification. Compare the stated UK entry requirements listed on this page with the local/national entry requirement listed on your country specific page 

Programme structure and courses

Before your arrival

From June to September prior to your arrival at LSE, you will have the opportunity to study three online pre-arrival modules:

- A module about public policy theories and concepts

- A module giving an overview of academic writing skills

- A module about some of the key mathematical and statistical skills that underpin the MPA

These modules are not compulsory but you are strongly recommended to complete them as they are the best preparation for the MPA. These modules highlight the knowledge and skills needed to maximise your chances of success on the MPA.

MPA Introductory Course

Registration for the degree is on Monday 13 September 2021 and all students are expected to attend. This is followed by a compulsory two-week Introductory Course in mathematics and statistics which will start on Tuesday 14 September 2021. If you have not studied these subjects for some time, the Introductory Course provides a challenging but accessible introduction to some of the key skills and techniques required for the MPA degree. For other students, it serves as a refresher course. There is a diagnostic exercise at the end of the Introductory Course which students use to evaluate their own learning needs.

First year

In the first year, you will take four compulsory courses, in micro- and macro-economics, political science, quantitative methods of analysis, and philosophy for public policy. These provide a rigorous foundation to support you during the rest of the degree. You are also required to choose one unit of courses from a list of four choices to further develop core skills but in a direction you choose – see below. Your choice of option courses (electives) should be based on your academic strengths and interests.

(* denotes a half unit course)

Micro and Macro Economics for Public Policy 
You will learn macro- and micro- economic concepts, models and methods suitable for appraising policy, applicable in a wide variety of contexts. This includes the study of demand and supply, the labour market, public goods, market failure, inflation and monetary policy, fiscal policy and debt, and exchange rates. 

Political Science and Public Policy
You will learn concepts and models for understanding the behaviour of political actors and why they lead to particular outcomes. This includes the study of voting, political parties, interest groups, legislative politics, corruption, democratisation and ethnic conflict. These tools are essential for designing policy interventions to achieve desired future outcomes. 

Quantitative Methods for Public Policy*
You will learn skills for the quantitative evaluation of public policies, such as causal relationships; randomised control trials; difference-in-difference estimation; instrumental variables; regression discontinuity designs and cost-benefit analysis. 

Philosophy for Public Policy *
This course has been designed to help you develop the skills and insight to apply philosophical reasoning to your understanding and practice of the 'craft of government'. It includes a strong grounding in moral and political philosophical principles and emphasises their application in modern policy-making toolkit. You will study a range of philosophical theories and concepts, then discuss and learn to evaluate them by focusing on specific policy proposals. Taught by leading LSE philosophers, the emphasis is on applying theory and concept in practical and policy-relevant ways.

Courses to the value of one unit from the following options:

International Political Economy and Development*

Comparative Political Economy and Development*

Public Organisations: Theory and Practice*

Development Economics 

Courses from a range of options

Second Year

In the second year of the programme at the Munk School students must take the following courses:

· International Legal Challenges

· Policy Paper Preparation Course

· Global Innovation Policy

· Research Method for Global Affairs

· Capstone Seminar

· Policy Paper

· Elective courses.

For details of the 2nd year courses please visit https://munkschool.utoronto.ca/mga/dual-degree-with-lse.

For the most up-to-date list of optioal 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

You will normally have two to three hours of classroom-based teaching each week for each course that you take. This will usually add up to around 12-15 hours per week in class. As this is a full-time programme, you would 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).

Teaching hours vary according to courses and you can view indicative details in the Calendar within the Teaching section of each course guide.

Teaching methods

We use a variety of teaching staff with a range of experience and status, including LSE faculty, teaching fellows, guest teachers and practitioners. You can view indicative details for the teacher responsible for each course in the relevant course guide.

Assessment

All taught courses include formative coursework which does not contribute towards the final grade. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. We use 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.

Information about teaching and assessment, academic support, and other resources available to you during your 2nd year at the Munk School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.

Student support and resources

We’re here to help and support you throughout your time at LSE, whether you need help with your academic studies, support with your welfare and wellbeing or simply to develop on a personal and professional level.

Whatever your query, big or small there are a range of people you can speak to and who will be happy to help.  

Academic mentors – an academic member of staff who meets with you during the course of the year to discuss your academic progress and who can help with any academic, administrative or personal questions you have. (See Teaching and assessment)

Department librarians – they will be able to help you navigate the library and maximise its resources during your studies. 

Accommodation service  - they can offer advice on living in halls and offer guidance on private accommodation related queries. 

Class teachers and seminar leaders – they will be able to assist with queries relating to a specific course you are taking. 

Disability and Wellbeing Service – the staff are experts in long term health conditions, sensory impairments, mental health and specific learning difficulties. They offer confidential and free services such as student counselling, a peer support scheme, arranging exam adjustments and run groups and workshops. 

IT help– support available 24 hours a day to assist with all of your technology queries.  

LSE Faith Centre – home to LSE's diverse religious activities and transformational interfaith leadership programmes, as well as a space for worship, prayer and quiet reflection. It includes Islamic prayer rooms and a main space for worship. It is also a space for wellbeing classes on campus and is open to all students and staff from all faiths and none.  

Language Centre– the centre specialises in offering language courses targeted to the needs of students and practitioners in the social sciences. We offer pre-course English for Academic Purposes programmes; English language support during your studies; modern language courses in 9 languages; proofreading, translation and document authentication and language learning community activities.

LSE Careers ­- with the help of LSE Careers, you can make the most of the opportunities that London has to offer. Whatever your future career plans, LSE Careers will work with you, connecting you to opportunities and experiences from internships and volunteering to networking events and employer and alumni insights. 

LSE Library  Founded in 1896, the British Library of Political and Economic Science is the major international library of the social sciences. It stays open late, has lots of excellent resources and it’s a great place to study. As an LSE student, you’ll have access to a number of other academic libraries in Greater London and nationwide. 

LSE LIFE – this is where you should go to develop skills you’ll use as a student and beyond. The centre runs talks and workshops on skills you’ll find useful in the classroom, offer one-to-one sessions with study advisers who can help you with reading, making notes, writing, research and exam revision, and provide drop-in sessions for academic and personal support.(See ‘Teaching and assessment). 

LSE Students’ Union (LSESU) – they offer academic, personal and financial advice and funding. 

PhD Academy - is available for PhD students, wherever they are, to take part in interdisciplinary events and other professional development activities and access all the services related to their registration. 

Sardinia House Dental Practice - offers discounted private dental services to LSE students. 

St Philips Medical Centre - based in Pethwick-Lawrence House the centre provides NHS Primary Care services to registered patients. 

Student Services Centre – our staff here can answer general queries and can point you in the direction of other LSE services.  

Student advocates and advisers– we have a School Senior Advocate for Students and an Adviser to Women Students who can help with academic and pastoral matters. 

Information about student support and resources available to you during your 2nd year at the Munk School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.  

Student life

As a student at LSE you’ll be based at our central London campus. Find out what our campus and London have to offer you on academic, social and career perspective. 

Student societies and activities

Your time at LSE is not just about studying, there are plenty of ways to get involved in extracurricular activities. From joining one of over 200 societies, or starting your own society, to volunteering for a local charity, or attending a public lecture by a world-leading figure, there is a lot to choose from. 

The campus 

LSE is based on one campus in the centre of London. Despite the busy feel of the surrounding area, many of the streets around campus are pedestrianised, meaning the campus feels like a real community. 

Life in London 

London is an exciting, vibrant and colourful city. It's also an academic city, with more than 400,000 university students. Whatever your interests or appetite you will find something to suit your palate and pocket in this truly international capital. Make the most of career opportunities and social activities, theatre, museums, music and more. 

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Extracurricular opportunities

Policy in Practice Seminars

We run regular seminars through the year to connect you with policy practitioners in a range of fields, either to learn more about the work of particular organisations and sectors or to develop new skills. These seminars provide students with an opportunity to connect classroom learning to real world scenarios. 

Association of Public Policy Students

The Association of Public Policy Students (APPS) is an elected body of students that serve as a resource for the student community. Throughout the academic year, the APPS’s numerous committees and initiatives provide opportunities for students to engage with other classmates in professional and social activities. The APPS fosters links and togetherness between the student community - past, present and future.

Extracurricular activities at the Munk School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.

Careers

Support for your career

A particularly attractive feature of this double degree is the outstanding opportunity for developing professional skills and experience to give you a head start over other graduates in seeking post-study employment in a relevant sector. The professional skills package offered by LSE and Munk includes a dedicated ‘professional skills programme’ which runs across the two years, led by the LSE School of Public Policy. The ‘middle summer’ between the first and second year includes a funded internship scheme (under the governance of the Munk School). The double degree also includes the completion of a Capstone project during the second year at the Munk school, where you will work with an employer organisation on a real-life policy challenge.

The LSE-Munk double degree may be particularly relevant for those looking to acquire post-degree professional experience in North America as the second year at the Munk school entitles you to apply for a Canadian work visa valid for up to two years after your graduation date.

Studying the LSE and Munk MPA is an excellent career decision with many global employers attracted to both the intellectual rigour and the practical applications of the course. The MPA produces well-rounded professionals who make an immediate impact for employers in the public sector, private companies, non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations around the world, including government departments and agencies, consultancies and international development agencies.

LSE Careers Consultants make sure that you get the best possible support in developing your career plans during your time studying. Whether you know already the career you are aiming for, or simply the general direction you want (or perhaps you have no idea at all!) they can help guide and develop your ideas to present your skills and experience to employers in the best possible way.

In particular, students at LSE have access to:

- careers discussions with the School of Public Policy's Careers Consultant

- a Careers Impact Day which takes place early in year 1, followed by a networking evening with employers in relevant sectors

- a weekly MPA Careers newsletter with relevant short-term and long-term opportunities

- discussions with employers (often alumni) including through visits to offices to discuss career options and learn about different employment sectors

- specialist careers seminars run by LSE Careers, including sessions on CVs and cover letters, career management, networking, interviews and advice specific to particular employment sectors

- access to LSE Careerhub, with thousands of short-term and long-term opportunities including internships

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

The degree offers an extensive and tailored programme of Professional Skills for Public Policy (PSPP). This includes a series of weekend workshops throughout the degree, giving students a chance to gain accreditation in different areas of PSPP. These focus on key aspects of your development as a public policy professional, e.g., communicating for public policy, decision-making, negotiation, and leadership.

Career support resources available at the Munk School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. 

 

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If you have any programme or admissions queries which are not answered on the website, please contact the team.

Master of Public Administration Programme London School of Economics and Political Science Email: mpa@lse.ac.uk

Master of Global Affairs Program Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto Email: mga@utoronto.ca

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