First year at London School of Economics and Political Science
Before your arrival
From June to September prior to your arrival at LSE, you will have the opportunity to study three online pre-arrival modules:
- A module about public policy theories and concepts
- A module giving an overview of academic writing skills
- A module about some of the key mathematical and statistical skills that underpin the MPA
These modules are not compulsory but you are strongly recommended to complete them as they are the best preparation for the MPA. These modules highlight the knowledge and skills needed to maximise your chances of success on the MPA.
MPA Introductory Course
Prior to the start of the degree, you will need to attend introductory classes from mid-September. These will include a welcome session, registration and compulsory Introductory courses in mathematics and statistics. This precedes the start of full teaching for the Michaelmas term
If you have not studied these subjects for some time, the Introductory Course provides a challenging but accessible introduction to some of the key skills and techniques required for the degree. For other students, it serves as a refresher course.
In the first year, you will take four compulsory courses, in micro- and macro-economics, political science, quantitative methods of analysis, and philosophy for public policy. These provide a rigorous foundation to support you during the rest of the degree. You are also required to choose one unit of courses from a list of four choices to further develop core skills but in a direction you choose – see below. Your choice of option courses (electives) should be based on your academic strengths and interests.
(* denotes a half unit course)
Micro and Macro Economics for Public Policy
You will learn macro- and micro- economic concepts, models and methods suitable for appraising policy, applicable in a wide variety of contexts. This includes the study of demand and supply, the labour market, public goods, market failure, inflation and monetary policy, fiscal policy and debt, and exchange rates.
Political Science and Public Policy
You will learn concepts and models for understanding the behaviour of political actors and why they lead to particular outcomes. This includes the study of voting, political parties, interest groups, legislative politics, corruption, democratisation and ethnic conflict. These tools are essential for designing policy interventions to achieve desired future outcomes.
Quantitative Methods for Public Policy*
You will learn skills for the quantitative evaluation of public policies, such as causal relationships; randomised control trials; difference-in-difference estimation; instrumental variables; regression discontinuity designs and cost-benefit analysis.
Philosophy for Public Policy *
This course has been designed to help you develop the skills and insight to apply philosophical reasoning to your understanding and practice of the 'craft of government'. It includes a strong grounding in moral and political philosophical principles and emphasises their application in modern policy-making toolkit. You will study a range of philosophical theories and concepts, then discuss and learn to evaluate them by focusing on specific policy proposals. Taught by leading LSE philosophers, the emphasis is on applying theory and concept in practical and policy-relevant ways.
Courses to the value of one unit from the following options:
International Political Economy and Development*
Comparative Political Economy and Development*
Public Organisations: Theory and Practice*
Courses from a range of options
For the most up-to-date list of optional courses please visit the relevant School Calendar page.
Second Year at Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto
In the second year of the programme at the Munk School students must take the following courses:
Summer-Students complete Year 2 courses at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.
- GLA1007H Global Internship (0.5 FCE, 10 to 16 weeks) plus a critical reflection paper to be submitted in September of Year 2.
Fall and Winter (5.0 FCEs):
- GLA1006H International Legal Challenges (0.5 FCE)
- GLA2111H Research Methods for Global Affairs (0.5 FCE)
- GLA1011H Global Innovation Policy (0.5 FCE)
- GLA2000H Capstone Seminar (0.5 FCE)
- GLA2887H Final Research and Analysis (0.5 FCE; CR/NCR)
Additional 2.5 FCEs of electives in Year 2 (five half courses) at the 2000 level, all taken at the Munk School.
Summer (1.0 FCE):
GLA2890Y Global Policy Review (1.0 FCE)
For details of the 2nd year courses please visit the Munk School of Public Policy and Global Affairs website.
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You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated graduate course and programme information page.