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LSE – PKU Double Degree in Public Policy

Teaching Medium: English
Degree Awarded: Master's Degree
Entry Requirements: Bachelor's Degree
Duration: 2 Years
Starting Date: Sep.2024
Application Deadline: Jan 31, 2024
Tuition Fee:
CNY 80,000 per year
Application Fee:
250 USD (Non-Refundable)
Schools: Other

Organised jointly by LSE and Peking University, this 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:
Gaining an insight into public policy and administration through studying at the best universities in the social sciences in China and in Europe.
While at LSE, courses in the Government Department.
Combining an empirical and a theoretical approach to public policy and administration.
Studying in small seminar groups of no more than 15 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.
At Peking University, the students take core courses including Chinese Politics and Public Policy, Chinese Economic Development and Reform, Chinese Language Course or Introduction to China 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.
The programme provides an excellent preparation for careers in academia, business or consulting, government or international agencies, the media, politics and law.
Course assessment is by assessed coursework (in some courses) and by a final exam.
Year one: Peking
All courses are one semester long
Core Courses
Chinese Politics and Public Policy
Chinese Economic Development and Reform   
Research Design and Practice
Chinese Language course or Introduction to China
Public Politics course (PRC students MUST take this course)
Optional Courses
Two from:
Government and Market
Social Policy Transformation in China
Chinese Law
Introduction to China
Outside option courses at PKU master's level
Students are required to submit a dissertation at PKU and to defend it.
The list of courses may be amended and not all courses may run in a particular year.
Year two: LSE
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.
How to Apply
You should first apply LSE – PKU Double Degree in Public Administration and Government online before January 31 and get offer, then apply this program on CUCAS before May 3.
Tuition is separately paid to Peking University & London School of Economics and Political Science. Tuition at Peking University is 80,000 RMB, and at London School of Economics and Political Science is £16,512.

1. Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens with a valid passport or permanent residents of Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taiwan, under the age of 45, have attained a Bachelor’s degree or above.
2. Applicants who are not native English speakers or whose undergraduate education was not in English are required to take an appropriate English Language Proficiency Test and in general achieve a sufficient score, such as,
TOEFL  627 or better (Paper Based Test)
TOEFL - iBT 107 or better
IELTS 7.0 or better ( with at least 7.0 in Writing)