Taught course

Philosophy and Public Policy

Institution
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) · Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

A 2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline. You should also demonstrate a considered interest in the area covered by the MSc.

English higher level.

Months of entry

September

Course content

About this MSc programme

The MSc Philosophy and Public Policy provides a solid foundation in the conceptual and normative questions underlying public policy formulation.

This unique degree approaches philosophical issues in public policy through the lenses of historical and contemporary developments in ethical theory and political philosophy. From this programme’s specialised selection of courses you will acquire a thorough background in moral and political theory, while learning to apply this knowledge to issues in public policy.

LSE’s distinctive approach to philosophy and public policy is one in which philosophical analysis is continuous with the scientific study of political, social and economic problems. Topics span an enormous range of policy areas, including health care, development, social security and climate change. You will engage with science policy topics like the nature of evidence, objectivity and theory choice, and will examine different approaches to the study of society such as rational, social and public choice, in addition to classic topics of political philosophy such as democracy, liberal neutrality, equality, human rights, punishment and just war.

This programme provides the ideal springboard for employment in the public and governmental sectors, whilst equipping you with the skills needed to succeed in an incredibly broad range of careers, as well as further graduate work in philosophy.

Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method

The Department is a world-leading centre for research in three broad areas of philosophy: rational choice theory and formal epistemology; philosophy of science; and moral and political philosophy. It has come to occupy a leading place as a world-class centre for teaching and research in philosophy of science, moral and political philosophy, and decision theory and social choice.

Along with the closely related Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, it enjoys an international reputation for its cutting-edge research, bustling seminar series and distinguished faculty and visitors. The Department was rated #8 globally in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject, and the 2017 Guardian University Guide placed LSE Philosophy at number 5 in the country with a score of 84.2/100.

Information for international students

For country-specific information regarding entry requirements, fees, and scholarships avaliable, please visit LSE's country pages.

Fees and funding

Every graduate student is charged a fee for their programme.

This programme is eligible for needs-based awards from LSE, including the Graduate Support Scheme, Master's Awards and Anniversary Scholarships.

This programme is also eligible for the Imre Lakatos Memorial Scholarship.

More information on funding and scholarships can be found on the LSE website.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Student Recruitment Office
Email
stu.rec@lse.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7955 6613