Taught course

MPA (Master of Public Administration)

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) · Department of Government

Entry requirements

2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline. Some economics options only available to applicants with a good first degree in economics

Months of entry


Course content

Formally launched in 2011, the Institute of Public Affairs at LSE is an outward-facing global centre for public policy training and analysis. Drawing on LSE faculty affiliated with six of the School’s prestigious academic departments, the core activity of the Institute consists of harnessing the research and teaching expertise of this interdisciplinary group to deliver its two-year Master of Public Administration degree. Inaugurated in 2003, this flagship LSE programme has grown from an initial cohort of 18 students to one which now has 200 students spread across two academic years.

The MPA meets the needs of government departments and public agencies in many countries for highly skilled and professional policy-makers. It also meets the needs of people working with governments but in the private sector, for instance in consultancy, public-private partnerships, public affairs, media, non-governmental organisations and interest groups.

The programme is designed to provide students with rigorous and inter-disciplinary training in economics and political science, complemented by a wide range of electives, to prepare them for professional careers related to public service. It brings together LSE's unrivalled expertise in the social sciences with individual and group working experience of public sector problems, policies and management.

The five MPA policy streams are:

  • Public and Economic Policy
  • Public Policy and Management
  • International Development
  • European Public and Economic Policy
  • Public and Social Policy

Information for international students


Fees and funding

Graduate Support Scheme

Qualification and course duration


full time
21 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
0207 955 6613