Apply to the MPA Data Science for Public Policy – funding opportunities available

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Become part of LSE! Join the LSE School of Public Policy. We are an international community where ideas and practice meet. Our approach creates professionals with the ability to analyse, understand and resolve the challenges of contemporary governance.

In a world of big data and rapid technological change, the MPA in Data Science for Public Policy (MPA-DSPP) is a two-year degree programme designed to equip professionals with the core quantitative, technical and analytical tools to address modern policy challenges.

The programme fosters a rigorous, interdisciplinary approach to public policy that tackles policy challenges with the tools and frameworks of political science, economics, econometrics and data science. Computer programming and quantitative skills play a key role in the programme.

Students will commence their time at LSE with a dedicated pre-sessional coding bootcamp to learn the foundational packages in the Python programming language and refresh key concepts in mathematics. The core curriculum and electives in the first and second years will build on these skills and deploy them to the world of public policy.

You’ll benefit from:

  • Acquiring the tools and frameworks to analyse and address pressing challenges in an increasingly complex and data-driven world.
  • Honing your quantitative and analytical skills, positioning yourself for a variety of technical, policy, strategy and leadership roles across Government, NGOs, IFIs and the private sector.
  • A global outlook – become a part of LSE’s international community as well as a network of prestigious policy schools around the world as part of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN).

Graduate Destinations

 Studying at the LSE School of Public Policy is an excellent career decision with employers across the globe attracted both to the intellectual rigour and the practical applications of our curriculums.  The MPA-DSPP is designed to produce well-rounded professionals who make an immediate impact for employers in the public sector, private companies, non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations around the world, including government departments and agencies, consultancies and international development agencies. The MPA-DSPP will be especially attractive to the growing number of employers who value computer programming skills and quantitative analysis.

Graduates of the MPA-DSPP will be well placed to pursue careers in a wide range of sectors including Government and Politics, Consultancy, Financial Services, NGOs & Charities, Technology Firms, Research & Think Tanks, International Development and Aid, Public Policy, and International Finance and Trade.

Find out about the support available to students through LSE Careers and through the School of Public Policy. Discover the LSE Alumni services available to our graduates.

Scholarships and other funding

LSE recognises that the cost of living in London may be higher than in your home town or country. We make available over GBP 15 million annually in financial aid for our students with both Home and Overseas fee status through a wide variety of scholarships, such as the Graduate Support Scheme, Master’s Awards and Anniversary Scholarships. Around one quarter of our graduate students receive financial support from the School.

At master’s level, the value of support given by LSE ranges in value from 10 per cent of the tuition fee to a full fees and maintenance award.

LSE is ranked third in the world for the study of social sciences and management (QS World QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022).

“There’s no better place imaginable to study and design public policy” | Professor Andrés Velasco

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Who is eligible to apply?

UK, EU and Non-EU applicants

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