Entry requirements

2:1 in any discipline, with social science background and/or work experience in the social policy field advantageous but not essential.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is based in the Department of Social Policy and aims to provide a set of high quality, integrated courses to equip students in social policy with transferable research skills before they move on to substantive research, whether in the form of a PhD or in employment. It offers the following benefits:

*Study in a Department which has achieved one of the highest ratings in the UK for the quality of its research.
*Teaching by specialists who are at the forefront of research into British, European and global social policy and by experts in different social science research methodologies.
*A comparative, international and multidisciplinary environment with links to several specialist research groups based in the Department as well as to LSE's Methodology Institute.

Students can progress to research degrees (subject to normal admissions procedures at LSE and other institutions). The MSc is recognised as research training by the ESRC (for students seeking later funding for doctoral research).

Previous students have also gone on to a wide variety of research and policy jobs in the public, private and voluntary sectors, in the UK and internationally, including work in central and local government, public services, research consultancies, and NGOs.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

ESRC; LSE Graduate Support Scheme.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

The Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)207 955 6613