Our departments and programmes

The Department of Social Policy

International Social and Public Policy with Politics is a study in improving wellbeing for the masses. Understanding effective welfare provisions is complemented by an in-depth understanding of the state. Being part of LSE’s epic Social Policy Department delivers opportunities and compassion that has made my university experience second to none within the discipline.

Paul Keen, BSc International Social and Public Policy with Politics

Welcome to the Department of Social Policy. Here you can meet us virtually and find out more about the Department and our programmes. Take your time to browse through the information and follow the links to our Department webpages to really get to know us.

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Watch our Virtual Undergraduate Open Day videos

Watch the Studying Social Policy at LSE session from our Virtual Undergraduate Open Day in June 2021 Watch the Studying Social Policy at LSE session from our Virtual Undergraduate Open Day in June 2021
Watch the Studying Social Policy at LSE session from our Virtual Undergraduate Open Day in June 2021

Download a copy of the presentation slides from the Virtual Undergraduate Open Day session in June 2021

You can also watch the Social Policy Q&A sessions from our Virtual Undergraduate Open Day in 2020:

You can also listen to our taster lecture and take a look at our YouTube playlist for a whole range of videos to help you find out more about social policy at LSE.

Top three reasons why you should study social policy at LSE

  1. Our curriculum is research-led and is taught by social policy experts.
  2. Our teaching encourages students to compare local UK policy with policies from countries all around the globe.
  3. Our teaching and research relates to real and current policy debates.

For more information about us as a Department take a look at our departmental webpages and watch the video below on why you should study international social policy.

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Academics in the Department explain why you should study international social policy at LSE

What is it like to study social policy at LSE?

Social policy investigates real world social problems and issues, such as poverty, welfare and education. BSc International Social and Public Policy examines the creation and implementation of policy and the impact this has on wellbeing, from a comparative, international and contemporary perspective. Topics studied include citizenship, crime and policing, globalisation, income distribution and sexuality. Students can also opt to take a specialism in Development, focusing on middle and low income countries and the manner in which social and public policies are produced and implemented to manage inequality and increase wellbeing.

BSc International Social and Public Policy and Economics allows students to apply economic concepts to policy issues and consider the relationship between the disciplines at an individual, local, national and international level.

BSc International Social and Public Policy with Politics encourages students to consider the impact that political behaviour has on policy implementation. Areas of study might include social security benefits, private-public partnerships in health service provision and private/public education.

Hear from our students 

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Find out about the role of a Student Staff Liaison Committee representative

Our programmes: BSc International Social and Public Policy

An introduction to BSc International Social and Public Policy An introduction to BSc International Social and Public Policy
An introduction to BSc International Social and Public Policy

For detailed information regarding entry requirements, programme content and preliminary reading please visit our BSc International Social and Public Policy programme page.

Our programmes: BSc International Social and Public Policy and Economics

For detailed information regarding entry requirements, programme content and preliminary reading please visit our BSc International Social and Public Policy and Economics programme page.

Our programmes: BSc International Social and Public Policy with Politics

For detailed information regarding entry requirements, programme content and preliminary reading please visit our BSc International Social and Public Policy with Politics programme page.

Our research and events

As a Department we are always busy. Explore our research, our blog and the events we put on below.

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