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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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Listen to our taster lecture and virtual Open Day session

To find out more about studying international social and public policy at LSE, listen to our taster lecture and read through our Open Day talk slides from last year.

You can also listen to our 2020 Virtual Open Day Social Policy Q&A session here.

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.

Our programmes: BSc International Social and Public Policy

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

Key facts

  • Academic year 2021/22: September 2021 - June 2022
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2021
  • Duration: Three years full-time
  • Applications/offers/intake 2019: 159/53/23
  • Median salary of our UG students 6 months after graduating*: £23,000
  • Top 5 sectors our students work in*: Investment banking, accounting, education and teaching, NGOs and charities, public sector and government.

Entry requirements

Here we list our entry requirements in terms of A-levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We also accept a wide range of other qualifications from the UK and from overseas, so if you are not studying these qualifications please follow the relevant link. For our GCSE requirements please see the BSc International Social and Public Policy programme page.

Please also note that LSE has subject preferences and some programmes may have specific requirements in terms of subjects you are required to take. Please see the programme page for this information.

UCAS code: L400
A-levels: AAB
IB Diploma: 37 points overall, with 666 at higher level

*The data was collected through an annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, aggregated over five years (2011-2016). The survey was completed by graduates approximately six months after their graduation ceremony. The median salary is calculated for those whose main activity is working full-time and includes those working outside the UK.

Our programmes: BSc International Social and Public Policy and Economics

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

Key facts

  • Academic year 2021/22: September 2021 - June 2022
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2021
  • Duration: Three years full-time
  • Applications/offers/intake 2019: 268/43/18
  • Median salary of our UG students 6 months after graduating*: £23,000
  • Top 5 sectors our students work in*: Investment banking, accounting, education and teaching, NGOs and charities, public sector and government.

Entry requirements

Here we list our entry requirements in terms of A-Levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We also accept a wide range of other qualifications from the UK and from overseas, so if you are not studying these qualifications please follow the relevant link. For our GCSE requirements please see the BSc International Social and Public Policy and Economics programme page.

Please also note that LSE has subject preferences and some programmes may have specific requirements in terms of subjects you are required to take. Please see the programme page for this information.

UCAS code: LLK1
A-levels: AAB, with an A in Mathematics
IB Diploma: 37 points overall, with 666 at higher level, including Mathematics

*The data was collected through an annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, aggregated over five years (2011-2016). The survey was completed by graduates approximately six months after their graduation ceremony. The median salary is calculated for those whose main activity is working full-time and includes those working outside the UK.

Our programmes: BSc International Social and Public Policy with Politics

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

Key facts

  • Academic year 2021/22: September 2021 - June 2022
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2021
  • Duration: Three years full-time
  • Applications/offers/intake 2019: 188/56/17
  • Median salary of our UG students 6 months after graduating*: £23,000
  • Top 5 sectors our students work in*: Investment banking, accounting, education and teaching, NGOs and charities, public sector and government.

Entry requirements

Here we list our entry requirements in terms of A-levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We also accept a wide range of other qualifications from the UK and from overseas, so if you are not studying these qualifications please follow the relevant link. For our GCSE requirements please see the BSc International Social and Public Policy with Politics programme page.

Please also note that LSE has subject preferences and some programmes may have specific requirements in terms of subjects you are required to take. Please see the programme page for this information.

UCAS code: LL42
A-levels: AAB
IB Diploma: 37 overall points, with 666 at higher level

*The data was collected through an annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, aggregated over five years (2011-2016). The survey was completed by graduates approximately six months after their graduation ceremony. The median salary is calculated for those whose main activity is working full-time and includes those working outside the UK.

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