Entry requirements

2:1 degree or equivalent in a relevant social science.

English higher level.

Months of entry


Course content

About this MSc programme

This MSc International Social and Public Policy (ISPP) programme addresses how states and societies respond to global challenges of social, demographic and economic change, and of poverty, migration and globalisation. It is underpinned by the LSE approach to social and public policy that is explicitly international, interdisciplinary and applied.

Meeting human needs and increasing well-being are universal policy goals but are addressed differently around the world, with different roles for governments, NGOs, families, and markets. Our ISPP programme incorporates this international and comparative perspective to policy design and evaluation. Looking at low-, middle-, and high-income countries, you will gain the skills to identify key social challenges and to analyse the social and public policies used to address them.

Specialism streams

You can choose to take the MSc International Social and Public Policy without a specialism, with unrestricted option courses, or you can take particular optional courses to provide you with a specialism. You can decide to specialise either when you apply or early in the first term. Specialism options include:

  • MSc International Social and Public Policy (Development)
  • MSc International Social and Public Policy (Non-Governmental Organisations)
  • MSc International Social and Public Policy (Migration)
  • MSc International Social and Public Policy (Research)

Whichever stream you choose, ISPP will equip you for a career in social and public policy within government, NGOs, international organisations, private sector providers, or in academia.

Further information can be found on LSE's programme page.

The MSc ISPP replaces and consolidates five previous MSc programmes: Social Policy and Planning, European and Comparative Social Policy, Social Policy and Development, Social Policy and Development (NGOs), and Social Policy (Research).

Department of Social Policy

The Department of Social Policy is an internationally recognised centre of research and teaching in social and public policy. The Department is distinguished by its multidisciplinary, international and comparative approach. The faculty are leading researchers in their fields, and has particular strengths in behavioural public policy, criminology, development, economic and social inequality, education, migration, non-governmental organisations and population change and the life course.

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.

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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)207 955 6613