Taught course

Philosophy and Public Policy

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

Entry requirements

We consider applicants with 2:1 of first class degree in any discipline, with a considered interest in the area covered by the MSc. If your first language is not English, please submit with your application a sample of your work in English (five to ten typewritten pages).

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is based in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method| and offers the following benefits:

*It provides a foundation in the conceptual and normative questions underlying public-policy formulation.
*It prepares for a wide variety of policy-oriented careers.
*It is resolutely interdisciplinary. We take philosophical analysis to be continuous with the scientific study of political, social and economic problems.
*It offers a thorough background in moral and political theory, which students learn to apply to issues in public policy.
*It provides a foundation in evidence-based policy, which is now widely mandated at all levels of policy-making.
*Students have access to a wealth of courses and resources within the Philosophy Department and at LSE that are relevant for the philosophical analysis of public policy, for example:
-Research seminars on philosophy and public policy, rational and social choice, scientific evidence and policy-making.
-The LSE Internships programme in Public Policy, Social Issues and Public Affairs;
-The many policy-related courses and colloquia in LSE.
*It is taught at an institution which is a major centre for national and international public policy debates.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

LSE Graduate Support Scheme, AHRB.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

The Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7955 6613