Beijing     2400-3000 CNY/Month     10 ℃
Master Program in Public Policy
Degree Type: Master
Application Deadline: 2017-08-20
Language: English
Starting Date: 2017-09-01
Duration: 2 years
Tuition: CNY 40000.00
Application Fee Through University: USD 100.00
Application Fee Through CTUAS: USD 100.00


This program is open to fresh university graduates as well as the experienced professionals and the government officials from different countries, and is designed to train those students in the field of public affairs, public administration, and public policy.

Classes will incorporate a mix of lectures, seminars, case discussions, tutorials, presentations and so on. Upon application, students could also choose some courses taught in Chinese.



About the MSc programme

Organised jointly by LSE and Peking University, this innovative double MSc degree offers an outstanding opportunity for graduate students and young professionals. The first year is spent at the School of Government at Peking University, with a focus on public policy and administration in China and the Asia Pacific region. The second year is spent at LSE, studying public policy and administration. It offers the following benefits:

obtaining two MSc degrees through studying at two of the best universities in the social sciences in China and in Europe

gaining insights into public policy and administration in two very different countries

combining an empirical and a theoretical approach to public policy and administration

studying in small seminar groups with limited numbers of students

engaging at an advanced level with the latest academic research and undertaking your own research-based term work and dissertation

a good preparation for further research work or for a career in education, public administration or the private sector

Programme details

At Peking University, the students take compulsory courses including Chinese Politics and Public Policy, Chinese Economic Development and Reform, Chinese Language Course (Mandarin) and Quantitative Methods for Public Policy and can select other courses from a list of optional courses. They complete the first year programme by writing a dissertation on a topic relevant to their studies.

At LSE, students follow the programme of the MSc Public Policy and Administration including a range of compulsory and optional courses, as well as completing a research-based dissertation.

Course assessment is by assessed coursework (in some courses) and by a final exam.

Year one: Peking

All courses are one semester long. Course outlines are for indicative purposes only, and final names and contents may vary. Not all courses may run in every year.

Compulsory courses

Chinese Politics and Public Policy

Chinese Economic Development and Reform

Quantitative Methods for Public Policy

Chinese Language

Students will be expected to choose two courses from a range of options.


Students are required to submit a dissertation at PKU and to defend it.

Year two: LSE

At LSE students are part of the MSc Public Policy and Administration programme. By taking appropriate combinations of courses students can obtain the MSc with a specialised stream in Comparative Public Policy or Public Management. Students can choose one specialisation to be noted on their degree certificates.

Compulsory courses

Approaches and Issues in Public Policy and Administration examines major issues in understanding public administration and policy.

Either Public Management Theory and Doctrine* looks at the key areas of public management with reference to both developed and lesser developed world contexts or Comparative Public Policy Change* examines explanations of policy change using cross-national comparison or The Politics of Policy Advice* looks at how policy advice is commissioned, produced, managed and used.

Either Introduction to Quantitative Analysis* covers the foundations of descriptive statistics and statistical examination and inference or Applied Regression Analysis* is concerned with deepening students' understanding of the generalised linear model and its application to social science data.


Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one unit from a range of options in public management and comparative public policy and administration.

Course choice and acceptance into specific courses depends on the availability of courses in a given year, staffing resources, the number of seminars offered for a particular course and student demand. The courses above represent the current structure of the MSc Public Policy and Administration but this may be subject to alteration.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for LSE-PKU Double Degree in Public Administration and Government in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, some circumstances may cause the School to subsequently change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to circumstances outside of its control. You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee places on its courses. 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.

Graduate destinations

The programme provides an excellent preparation for careers in academia, business or consulting, government or international agencies, the media, politics and law.

Program Structure:

The program comprises of

- Taught Component (10 courses: 7 compulsory, 3 optional)

- Thesis Component (15,000 words)

General Courses (compulsory, 21 credits in total)

Public Policy Analysis

Economics for Public Policy

Chinese Politics and Public Policy

China's Economic Reform and Development

Research Design and Practice

Introduction to China

Chinese Language

Issue Courses (optional, 9 credits)

International and Comparative Political Economy

Special Topics in Ethnic Politics

Social Policy Transformation in China

Public Finance and Tax Policy in China

Regional Development Strategy in China

Chinese Foreign Policy

Social Science Methodology

Strategy and Management of Public and Non-profit Organization

Innovation, and Strategy for the Industrial Development in Developing Countries

Distributive Justice in Public Policy

Item Amount (RMB/Per Year)
Tuition fee 40000.00 (Approximately)
Medical Examination 500.00 (Approximately)
Insurance 600.00 (Approximately)
Accommodation Fee 35000.00 (Approximately)
Residence Permit 400.00 (Approximately)
Living Cost 25000.00 (Approximately)
Settlement and Other Cost 2000.00 (Approximately)
Not: Medical Examination only need to be paid at the 1st academic year.

How to Apply

(1) Overall Procedure

You need only to complete the following procedure which is very convenient and time saving

1. Click “Apply Now”

2. Fill in online application

3. Upload all the required documents and Submit your application

4. Pay the application fee

5. Wait for the application results

Important notice: You need to create an account before applying. Account name needs to be a valid email, which will be used to receive our system notice.

(2) Required documents

1. One photocopy of your passport;

2. Passport-size Photos of the applicant;

3. Official transcripts;

4. An official certificate of your highest education; or an official Certificate of Enrollment for the ones still on campus.

5. Two Recommendation Letters from professors in the same academic field (The letters should be written in the blank recommendation form and enclosed in special envelopes with seal);

6. Language Proficiency certificate; (Certificate of HSK for Chinese-taught Programs. Official copy of TOEFL or IELTS scores for applicants whose first language is not English for English-taught Programs)

7. Personal Statement including previous study and work experiences, academic research achievement, planned research proposal, and individual development objective after graduation.

Notice: Note that all Certificates or Documents in languages other than Chinese or English must be notarized in Chinese or English editions.



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