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LSE and PKU Double Degree in Public Policy
- General Information

    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

    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 cnapply before May 3.


    Fees for 2016-17 at PKU have not been set yet. The 2015-16 tuition fee was CNY 80,000. Year two at LSE: £20,112.

    Graduate destinations

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


    Tuition Fee
    Master RMB 80,000 pre year
    RMB 160,000 in total (About $ 29,335)
    Accommodation Fee
    NO 9 Building
    Single Room RMB 4,500 to RMB 5,500
    Other Fees
    Application Fee RMB 400 to RMB 810
    Service Fee USD 150
    Living Expense RMB 2,200 to RMB 2,800
- How Much Scholarship Cover
Admission Only
- You Need Pay After Got Scholarship (RMB)
  • Tuition:  80,000 / Year
  • Accommodation: 750 to 1200 RMB per month
  • Living Expense: 600 to 3000 RMB per month
- Requirement
  • Students are required to complete the curriculum within 4-6 years (under normal circumstances), fulfill the designated number of credits, conduct research, complete the doctoral thesis and defend it in front of a panel of experts.
  • Successful graduates will receive a graduation certificate with the doctoral degree, according to the regulation of the Degree Committee.
  • If your first language is not English and if your previous degree has not been taught entirely in English, you will be required to provide evidence of your English language ability.
- Application Documents

1. Application Form

Please upload your finished application form here.

2. Letter of guarantee

The guardian should write out his/her name, nationality, occupation and address (if an organization acts as the guardian, reference to the organization should be made clear).

You can download a template or sample from here .

3. Copy of article or papers published

4. Personal statement

about 800 words

You can download a template or sample from here .

5. Two letters of recommendation

Two or more recommendation letters from professor or associate professor or equivalents (sealed, with referees’ contact information)

You can download a template or sample from here .

6. English proficiency test certificate

For example, IELTS or TOEFL, only for applicant whose native language is not English.

7. Bachelor's degree diploma

Graduation certificate in languages other than Chinese or English should be translated into Chinese or English and be certified by notarization.

8. Undergraduate school transcript

Undergraduate school transcript in languages other than Chinese or English should be translated into Chinese or English and be certified by notarization.

9. Passport photo

A recent passport-sized photo of the applicant

10. Photocopy of valid passport

With name, passport number & expiration date, and photo included

  • Step 1: Click "Apply Now" button below and pay scholarship service fee.

  • Step 2: Wait for the payment confirmation, then provide documents guidance. (including the application form)

  • Step 3: Submit documents and wait for result and admission documents (including admission letter, visa letter)
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