MSc in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

London School of Economics and Political Science

Program Description

MSc in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

London School of Economics and Political Science


This unique programme brings expertise from the latest insights in social innovation research with LSE’s tradition for academic excellence, alongside practical learnings from our network of socially-focused organisations worldwide, into the classroom.

You will learn to think beyond current trends and fashions in the young and rapidly-developing field of social innovation and develop critical academic views informed by cutting-edge research in management, psychology, sociology, economics and anthropology.

Based on this, you will learn how to design, launch and scale-up successful entrepreneurial ventures with social goals. Core courses will develop your managerial skills, and grow your talent as a successful leader of teams and organisations. Social innovation design projects will develop your professional experience and entrepreneurial skills, and give an opportunity to start your own social enterprise during your year at LSE.

You will have the opportunity to undertake an international field trip in a developing country, gaining first-hand experience of the diverse range of issues faced by different communities worldwide. You will learn to critically analyse the root cause of social issues in their specific social, economic and political contexts, and to design effective solutions based on a clear understanding of the real problem.

You will graduate with lifelong critical skills and a platform for success in developing and leading socially-focused ventures.

We are launching this new programme for the first intake of students in September 2017.


We are ranked #2 in the world for social science and management, and the MSc Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship programme builds on this tradition for academic excellence with a cutting-edge academic curriculum.

Core courses will develop your insights and understanding of social issues, and provide a world-class training in the development of social innovations to address fundamental societal problems in a range of different economic, political and geographic contexts. You will also develop managerial and leadership skills, to provide the foundation to launch and sustain socially-focused entrepreneurial ventures.

Core courses will also include an international field trip to gain first-hand experience with socially-focused organisations in a developing country, as well as the opportunity to work on a practical innovation design consulting project. These projects offer the chance to develop your own social venture during your year at LSE.

Pre-sessional course (non-assessed)

Students are required to attend a pre-sessional course before the beginning of the programme, giving the opportunity to immerse yourself in the programme and LSE with a timetable of classes and social and welcome events. Classes will provide the necessary basic pre-requisites to succeed on the programme and its core courses and will provide additional professional and personal development opportunities to set you on your chosen career path.

Compulsory core courses (2.5 units)

  • 2.0 units of core courses will build knowledge and skills in the design and management of socially-focused ventures. Full details will be added to this web page shortly.
  • Dissertation (0.5 unit)
    Giving the opportunity to bring together learning across all courses in the programme, and apply this well-rounded understanding of social issues, techniques to develop innovative solutions, and entrepreneurial and managerial skills. Students can elect to work on a consulting project to solve a real-world issue, develop a design for a new social enterprise, or conduct an empirical research project to develop new knowledge in the field of social innovation.

Optional elective courses (1.5 units)

You will have the opportunity to tailor the programme to your own interests and career goals with a wide range of optional elective courses from the Department of Management and other leading academic departments across LSE. The School's expertise in the social, economic and political world will provide you with a rich variety of options to deepen your knowledge and understanding of issues in social innovation and organisational management.

Career development with the MSc Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

LSE is ranked #5 in the world for its reputation with employers (QS ranking 2016), and the MSc Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship offers the opportunity to develop your career as a talented, insightful and entrepreneurial manager.

The programme will provide the knowledge, skills and networks you need to take the next step in your career, whether this will be to launch or grow your own socially-focused entrepreneurial venture, drive forward your career in your current organisation, or find a route to transition into social innovation from another sector.

Graduates from the LSE Department of Management are highly sought-after in the job market and go on to successful careers in a range of leading organisations worldwide. Many of our graduates have also launched successful start-up ventures.

LSE Careers

LSE Careers will provide tailored individual support with your professional development and job search throughout the programme. They offer one-to-one Career Consultant sessions, access to employers with career fairs, seminars and workshops, a vast database of employment opportunities via the LSE Career Hub, and help with job hunting, CVs/resumes and interviews.

Entry requirements

  • Undergraduate degree at 2.1 level or above, or international equivalent. Applicants from any academic background are welcomed.
  • Students admitted to the programme would normally have 2 or more years' relevant work experience. However, applicants with less experience (for example an internship) are also welcome to apply. Please detail any relevant experience in your application.
  • A GMAT or GRE score is not required, but a strong result from either of these tests may benefit applicants
  • English language requirements

Personal statement requirements:

If you are applying for this programme, please note the following specific requirements for your personal statement:

Write a short personal statement (up to 600 words) about why you want to do the programme. This might cover, for example, what you will bring to the cohort, and what your particular strengths are.

Also, you should answer the following questions (your answers should be approximately 500 words each):

  1. Tell us about an experience you had with social innovation /entrepreneurship/ a project with high social impact. What role did you play and what did you learn about yourself?
  2. How will your past experience, combined with this LSE masters, help you to achieve your goals?

The total length of your personal statement – including the answers to the above questions - should, therefore, be between 1,100 & 1,600 words.

Your application will be considered on its academic merits. An offer of a place may be conditional on attending additional courses and/or passing qualifying examinations at a suitable standard, in addition to your degree. You should note that there are always many more applications than places available at LSE and possession of the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee that you will be offered admission. It is therefore in your interests to apply as early as possible.

How to apply

Submit an application to the LSE Graduate Admissions Office

Applications are now open for entry to the programme in Autumn 2017.

We operate rolling admissions so we don’t have a closing date, and places are currently available in this programme. However, we offer places on a first-come, first-served basis, so we encourage you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Our admissions process is managed centrally, so please visit the LSE Graduate Admissions Office for queries about the application process and requirements.

Fees and financial support

Programme tuition fee: UK/EU £25,944 (provisional EU); overseas £26,448

The LSE provides a range of financial support options for the UK and international graduate students.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 12, 2018
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12 months
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UK/EU £25,944 (provisional EU); overseas £26,448
United Kingdom - London, England
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