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Key information

Qualification type

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Subject areas

Social Policy / Administration

Course type


Course Summary

This MPhil Social Policy offers the chance to undertake a substantial piece of work that is of publishable quality and which makes an original contribution to the field of social policy. You will begin on the MPhil, and will need to meet certain requirements to be upgraded to PhD status. Social policy at LSE is about the development, design, analysis, and evaluation of public policies. We cover a wide range of policy areas including crime, education, migration, population, social disadvantage, inequalities, and social security. You will be offered supervision in a wide range of specialist topics and will become a member of a vibrant and exciting research community. You will have access to a full collection of UK, US and EU public documents, parliamentary papers and statistical data as well as use of cutting edge networked computer facilities dedicated to research students, in the Social Science Research Laboratory within the Department.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date



This module aims to provide background sessions for MPhil students in their first year of study. It also provides the forum in which first year full-time and second year part-time MPhil students must present their work in advance of submitting their major review documents.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a 2:1 bachelor’s degree or equivalent, plus high merit (65+) in a Master’s degree or equivalent, preferably in Social Policy or Public Policy and a high merit (65+) in dissertation.