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This programme aims to provide students with a solid foundation in a broad range of social science research methods as well as basic research skills. Read more
This programme aims to provide students with a solid foundation in a broad range of social science research methods as well as basic research skills.

Students will acquire a general overview of the philosophy of social research, and understand how this informs research design, methods of data collection and analysis. They will also develop an ability to use a range of research methods, to communicate research findings effectively and an understanding of the potential use of and impact of their research within and beyond academia.

Core Modules

Philosophy of Social Science Research

The module considers fundamental philosophical debates about what counts as ‘knowledge’ across the social sciences. Teaching addresses (natural) science as a method of obtaining knowledge and the interpretative tradition in the social sciences. Students explore fundamental philosophical debates about what counts as ‘knowledge’ across the social sciences and apply these discussions to their own disciplines and field of study.

Research Design, Practice and Ethics

The module introduces students to social science research designs and ethical issues in research practice. Learning supports students to be able to make strategic choices when developing their own projects, and to assess the design and research ethics decision making in others’ published research work.

Fundamentals in Quantitative Research Methods

Concepts, methods and skills central to quantitative research, including data collection approaches and concept operationalization, are core throughout this module. Building on a grounding in ideas relating to probability sampling, sampling error and statistical inference, coverage of techniques extends from comparisons of means and simple cross-tabular analyses to a discussion of multivariate analysis approaches, focusing on linear and logistic regression.

Foundations in Qualitative Research

Qualitative research is examined across a range of topics, from different approaches and methods including ethnographic and observational research, discourse and conversation analysis, documentary and archival analysis, participatory research and the use of interviews. Ethics in qualitative research is specifically considered, as is the evaluation of qualitative research.

Advanced Training Programme

Unless stated, all advanced training courses run as 2-day intensive workshops from 10–4pm with breaks. This list is updated regularly as new courses are approved so do check this website from time to time to see what is on offer.

These advanced training courses are open to all research students in the College (and some departments in other Colleges, such as Geography, subject to the discretion of the Programme Team). However, places on each course are limited and priority will be given to MA Social Research students.

These advanced training courses are also open to all staff in the University who may wish to attend without completing the assessments. However, all doctoral researchers and staff who wish to do so will be placed on a waiting list. Confirmation will be sent a week before the course dates.

Advanced Training courses run in Semester 3, unless otherwise stated:

Analysing Hierarchical Panel Data
An Approach To Research On Discourse
Case Study Research Design
Documentary Research In Education
Factor Analysis
Introduction To Econometric Software
Introduction To Time Series Regression
Narrative Research
Multivariate Linear To Logistic Regression
Policy Evalution
Q Methodology - A Systematic Approach For Interpretive Research Design
Questionnaire Design
Researching Disability
Role Of Thinking: Philosophy Of Social Science Research
Visual Research Methods

NB: some courses have pre-requisites, e.g. to register on Multiple Linear and Logistic Regression, Factor Analysis, or Narrative Research, you will need to have passed Social Research Methods II (20 credits module), or equivalent. You will need to provide evidence that you have passed a similar course on quantitative/qualitative data analysis where appropriate.

To register for the above advanced training courses, please e-mail: specifying which courses you are interested in. When registering for courses, please provide your name, student ID, department/programme you are affiliated to, and your e-mail address.

In addition, you will write a 12,000-word dissertation (60 credits).

About the School of Government and Society

The School of Government and Society is one of the leading UK and International centres for governance, politics, international development, sociology, public management, Russian and European studies.
Established in 2008, the School comprises three Departments: Politics and International Studies (POLSIS); International Development (IDD) and Local Government Studies (INLOGOV).

POLSIS: The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS), one of the largest and most academically vibrant departments of Political Science and International Studies in the UK. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) Politics and International Studies at Birmingham was ranked the 6th best in the power rankings highlighting the large number of staff in POLSIS producing world-leading and internationally excellent research.

IDD: Be part of global effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Contribute to conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction. Help build capacity of nations and communities to adapt to climate change. Study with us to gain the skills and knowledge essential for working in international development in the 21st Century.

INLOGOV: The Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) is the leading academic centre for research and teaching on local governance and strategic public management. We enrich the world of local public service with research evidence and innovative ideas, making a positive difference.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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Whether articulated as 'World Class Commissioning' in the NHS, 'Place-Shaping' in Local Government or 'End-to-End Offender Management' within the Criminal Justice system, it is clear that strategic commissioning is a core task of many public bodies today. Read more
Whether articulated as 'World Class Commissioning' in the NHS, 'Place-Shaping' in Local Government or 'End-to-End Offender Management' within the Criminal Justice system, it is clear that strategic commissioning is a core task of many public bodies today.

The first course of its kind in the UK, this programme is aimed at developing participants' understanding of the politics, principles, evidence and skills associated with public service commissioning and how these interact across organisational boundaries. It is designed for senior managers and policy-makers working in or with public commissioning organisations or with an interest in developing their careers in this direction.

This programme is jointly offered by the Institute of Local Government Studies and the Health Services Management Centre.

Who is the programme for?

This forward-thinking programme is designed to help the leaders of such organisations navigate the complex political, strategic and operational terrain that their roles present. It is designed for managers and policy makers working in or with public commissioning organisations and others wishing to develop their understanding of the commissioning role.

The programme can be studied part-time over two / three years or full-time in one year.

About the School of Government and Society

The School of Government and Society is one of the leading UK and International centres for governance, politics, international development, sociology, public management, Russian and European studies.
Established in 2008, the School comprises three Departments: Politics and International Studies (POLSIS); International Development (IDD) and Local Government Studies (INLOGOV).

POLSIS: The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS), one of the largest and most academically vibrant departments of Political Science and International Studies in the UK. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) Politics and International Studies at Birmingham was ranked the 6th best in the power rankings highlighting the large number of staff in POLSIS producing world-leading and internationally excellent research.

IDD: Be part of global effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Contribute to conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction. Help build capacity of nations and communities to adapt to climate change. Study with us to gain the skills and knowledge essential for working in international development in the 21st Century.

INLOGOV: The Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) is the leading academic centre for research and teaching on local governance and strategic public management. We enrich the world of local public service with research evidence and innovative ideas, making a positive difference.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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This master's degree draws upon the expertise of staff with established reputations in the field. Tutors have a wide range of research interests and they are actively involved with the Nottingham Crime Research Unit and the Centre for the Study and Reduction of Hate Crimes. Read more
This master's degree draws upon the expertise of staff with established reputations in the field. Tutors have a wide range of research interests and they are actively involved with the Nottingham Crime Research Unit and the Centre for the Study and Reduction of Hate Crimes. These specialist units are located within the division and conduct high quality applied criminological and criminal justice research.

The course offers a distinctive theoretical and policy-orientation of criminology. The emphasis on policy is specifically designed to offer a more vocationally relevant programme of Master's level study that will be more pertinent to students seeking a policy-orientated career in the Home Office, government office of the regions, local government and crime and disorder reduction partnerships.

The Criminology team regularly invites renowned experts and professionals to the University to provide an insight into their specialist knowledge and experiences. Past speakers have included Superintendent Paul Giannasi, Programme Manager of the Cross-Governmental Hate Crime Strategy and Len Jackson, OBE Interim Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Why choose the MA Criminology?

-Gain a critical and informed analysis of criminology, criminal justice and crime reduction.
-Graduate with an extensive vocationally relevant, and policy-orientated, knowledge of crime and responses to crime, drawing on examples from across the world.
-Develop a critical awareness of the current philosophical, theoretical and methodological problems, debates, and insights that shape the discipline.
-Enhances lifelong learning skills and personal development in a manner that enables graduates to adopt an independent and reflective approach to their learning and to contribute to crime reduction and community safety.

Modules

Modules may include:

- Contemporary and Classical Theoretical Explanations of Crime and Criminal Behaviour;
- Current Issues in Social Deviance;
- Contemporary Criminal Justice Practice;
- Comprehensive Research Methods Training;
- Crime, Community and Neighbourhood;
- Offender Management and Crime Reduction;
- Dissertation.

For more information about the modules you may study visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/macriminology

Delivery and Assessment

Assessment includes essays (including reports, reflective reports), policy papers, presentations, case studies and a dissertation. The dissertation will enable you to develop and demonstrate empirical research in your field.

The teaching and learning for the course will involve a mixture of lectures, workshops, enquiry based learning and individual dissertation / project. Your personal tutor will provide both pastoral and academic support throughout your study. This role will switch to their dissertation supervisor during this final module. You will also receive a course handbook.

Your future career

This course is suitable for both those who currently work in the criminal justice field and are looking to enhance their career opportunities and for students seeking employment in criminal justice agencies operating at central, regional and local government levels, such as the Home Office, police forces and local government.

Graduates may go on to pursue a range of professional careers in criminal justice related work in either the statutory, commercial or community voluntary sectors, for example:

- Home Office;
- police forces;
- local government;
- crime and disorder reduction partnerships and their equivalencies throughout the world.

Other graduates may go on to be researchers or academics working in the subject area of criminology in higher education. It will also serve as an effective launching pad for those students wishing to study for a doctorate.

Scholarships

The School of Social Sciences offers a number of competitive scholarships for our full-time and part-time master's courses. For more information please visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships

Want to find out more? Come along to one of our postgraduate Open Evenings. For further details please visit: http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3events

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Earn your Online Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the UK’s University of Birmingham and make a lasting impact on society with a practical understanding of public leadership and a global perspective. Read more

Elevate your impact on a global scale

Earn your Online Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the UK’s University of Birmingham and make a lasting impact on society with a practical understanding of public leadership and a global perspective. This comprehensive Online MPA is an innovative way to further your career with theory and applicable public management and governance skills using our new online platform, a virtual learning environment that teaches through interaction and engagement.

Advance your public leadership skills

Add to your current skill set with knowledge and practical tools rooted in proven strategies and the experience of our module leaders. Organised and delivered by the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV), our leading academic centre for research and teaching on local governance and strategic public management, an MPA from the University of Birmingham brings with it a 50-year history of public service and innovation.

It is designed to help future leaders:
- Build practical public management understanding
- Further skills for effective managerial leadership
- Establish individual strategies for career development
- Participate in joint learning of global governance
- Apply theoretical knowledge in real-life scenarios
- Gain international perspective

Innovate your public service education

New ways of thinking inspire us in everything we do. This includes taking full advantage of digital media to provide a more dynamic learning experience that draws on interactivity, participation and connectivity. This online course provides flexibility beyond the traditional campus setting, enabling students to engage with curriculum directly using:

- Video lectures
- Real-life case studies
- Interactive assignments
- Social interaction
- Digital tools & resources

Make a lasting impact on society

Achieve your goal to make a difference in the lives of people around the world and build a network to help you along the way with a world-class Online MPA from the University of Birmingham and INLOGOV.

- Course director Catherine Staite was recently ranked the 45th most influential person in local government by the Local Government Chronicle
- Our Online MPA offers personal tutors to help further students’ understanding and professional goals
- Capstone project helps realise theories with application in private and non-profit sectors

Your curriculum

The University of Birmingham’s Online MPA is a 30-month, 180-credit course (including a 60-credit dissertation).

Year one core modules
- Public Management and Governance in a Changing World - 10
- Leadership in Public Services - 10
- Strategic Management - 10
- Managing Public Money - 10
- Delivery Services and Outcomes - 10
- Public Policy Research Methods - 10

Year two core modules
- Programme Management - 10
- Performance Management - 10
- Partnership and Collaboration - 10
- Democracy, Governance and Participation - 10
- Managing in a Political Environment - 10
- Managing the Information Age - 10

Year three dissertation
- Dissertation - 60

Maximise your career opportunities

The University of Birmingham’s Online MPA is ideal for candidates wishing to pursue careers in public policy or strategic management in government organisations or public agencies at local, regional, national or international levels. During your studies, you surround yourself with a faculty of global experts at a university that leads through its research. You also gain access to links in both the public and private sectors.

Master the skills of public leadership

The University of Birmingham plays an active role in making the UK a capital of global education. We challenge our postgraduate students with the highest standard of curriculum while providing a unique international perspective and innovative ways to educate. We are recognised for excellence in research through our membership in the Russell Group, an organisation of the UK’s top research-led universities. This excellence helps you gain the global understanding of public service you need to grow in your career.

Contact us on
Tel: +44 (0)800 032 7101
Visit birmingham.ac.uk/online to learn more and apply to study today
Students can start this course in February, June and October each year

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The Human Resources and Development Management pathway is aimed at those who are interested in management in the public, state or NGO sectors in developing, transitional or newly-industrialised countries. Read more
The Human Resources and Development Management pathway is aimed at those who are interested in management in the public, state or NGO sectors in developing, transitional or newly-industrialised countries. This is primarily a public sector management, not a business management, programme, although some of the themes covered are relevant to both sectors. The pathway encourages students to consider and analyse how a changing global environment has shaped the ways in which work is organized and managed and how ideas about leadership and management may be applied differently across cultures and contexts.

The pathway explores the relationship between hard and soft approaches to the analysis and practice of management, for example between human resources management and human resource development, between leadership and management and between vertical bureaucracy and decentralised collaborative management. The pathway considers the interaction between organizational structure, culture, power and motivation in public administration and in international organizations.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is designed for officials, policy analysts and researchers concerned with economic and social development. They may work in central or local government, public enterprises, non-governmental organisations, and research or training organisations. The programme is also appropriate for those who are hoping to enter a career in the field of development.

About the School of Government and Society

The School of Government and Society is one of the leading UK and International centres for governance, politics, international development, sociology, public management, Russian and European studies.

Established in 2008, the School comprises three Departments: Politics and International Studies (POLSIS); International Development (IDD) and Local Government Studies (INLOGOV).

POLSIS: The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS), one of the largest and most academically vibrant departments of Political Science and International Studies in the UK. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) Politics and International Studies at Birmingham was ranked the 6th best in the power rankings highlighting the large number of staff in POLSIS producing world-leading and internationally excellent research.

IDD: Be part of global effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Contribute to conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction. Help build capacity of nations and communities to adapt to climate change. Study with us to gain the skills and knowledge essential for working in international development in the 21st Century.

INLOGOV: The Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) is the leading academic centre for research and teaching on local governance and strategic public management. We enrich the world of local public service with research evidence and innovative ideas, making a positive difference.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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The Brookes MSc offers a comprehensive grounding in the conservation of historic buildings and sites. Read more
The Brookes MSc offers a comprehensive grounding in the conservation of historic buildings and sites. Focusing on the UK, but also drawing on other national and international paradigms, it introduces you to a range of theoretical and practical disciplines, including the relevant aspects of architectural history, historical geography, spatial planning, urban design, construction, surveying, economics and finance, and research methodology.

This course follows the International Commission on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) guidelines on education and training, and covers the knowledge, skills and professional capabilities identified by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) as the foundation for professional practice. Our programme draws students from a wide range of backgrounds, and provides an ideal training for those wishing to pursue a career in this fascinating but competitive field. For information on recent field trips, please visit our Planning and Urban Design blog.

Why choose this course?

Established in 1990, the Brookes Historic Conservation MSc is one of the longest-running and most highly-regarded courses of its type, and our graduates have gone on to work in senior roles across the sector, both in the UK and internationally. Our programme draws on the expertise of built environment teaching staff at Brookes and from the University of Oxford's Department for Continuing Education.

The Historic Conservation team has an excellent record of research for organisations such as the EU, English Heritage and the UK government Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Visiting speakers from central and local government, conservation agencies, business and industry, consultancies, research bodies and other university departments provide further input, bringing real-world experience to the course.

The Department of Planning - now part of the School of the Built Environment - is renowned internationally for its research. In REF 2014, 69% of our research was rated as either world leading or internationally excellent. Oxford is internationally renowned for its cultural heritage and for the beauty and variety of its architecture, presenting valuable learning opportunities for Historic Conservation students.

This course in detail

This course is offered at three levels: a Master of Science (MSc) degree, a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) and a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert). The MSc and PGDip can be studied on either a full-time (1-year) or a part-time (2-year) basis. The introductory PGCert is a 9-month part-time course.

With the exception of certain field trips, all core teaching is on Mondays and Tuesdays, allowing you to fit your studies around other commitments. Part-time students take the Monday modules in their first year and the Tuesday modules in their second.

The course comprises a series of modules, each addressing a different set of questions in the theory and/or practice of historic conservation. (As courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you take may vary from those shown here.)

The following modules are compulsory for the MSc and PGDip:
-Conservation and Regeneration: Theory, Law and Practice
-Historical Studies I and II
-Design for Conservation
-Building Construction and Repair
-Historic Building Analysis and Recording
-Conservation Economics and Finance

The MSc also requires you undertake the following:
-Research Methods in Design
-MSc Dissertation

The PGCert comprises Conservation and Regeneration: Theory, Law and Practice; Building Construction and Repair; and Historic Building Analysis and Recording (details as above).

Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning methods reflect the variety of topics and techniques associated with historic conservation. These include lectures, directed reading, workshops, seminars, and practical and project work. Most modules also include site visits and/or fieldwork, which provide you with direct experience of the practical application of conservation principles.

Careers and professional development

The course provides an excellent grounding for those wishing to pursue a career in the conservation sector. Our tutors have wide experience in the field, and the broad variety of visiting speakers from national and local government, private practice, the voluntary sector, the law and academia add greatly to this range. We have excellent links with heritage organisations across the country, giving you opportunities for placements and other work experience. Graduates have gone on to work in many different roles across the sector, including:
-Central government bodies, eg English Heritage and Historic England.
-Local government roles, eg conservation and design officer.
-Charitable organisations, eg the National Trust and the Landmark Trust.
-Campaign groups, eg Victorian Society and SAVE Britain's Heritage.
-Private consultancies, eg CgMs and Alan Baxter & Associates.

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-Do you want a course that provides a thorough grounding in advanced quantitative methods taught within an applied social science framework?. Read more
-Do you want a course that provides a thorough grounding in advanced quantitative methods taught within an applied social science framework?
-Would you like to learn methods of data analysis, including advanced statistics for complex data?
-Would you like a skills-based course with practical training that is highly regarded for future employment within government and academia?

The course is designed to be accessible to non-statisticians, yet is more focussed than many other existing master's courses in social research methods. You'll need a base level of knowledge in undergraduate research methods which you will build on throughout the course to gain comprehensive statistical and analytical skills.

The course has a strong connection with the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMIST), reflecting our commitment to interdisciplinary, integrated research. Research activities within the Social Statistics discipline area are both methodological and substantive. They focus on a wide range of subject areas including social inequalities, population dynamics and survey methodology. The SRMS MSc course is recognised by both the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the North West Doctoral Training Centre, from whom we receive a large number of Advanced Quantitative methods (AQM) and CASE awards each year.

The MSc course aims to develop future social scientists who will have a thorough grounding in research, and are equipped with the tools for collecting and analysing statistical data.

Those completing the MSc course are well suited to roles within central and local government, academia and commercial research and our rate of employability is especially high.

Course unit details

The SRMS course provides a thorough grounding in advanced quantitative methods, taught within an applied social science framework. Whilst the training focuses on advanced quantitative methods, the course is designed to be accessible to students coming from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds and with varying levels of prior statistical knowledge.

The course is available full-time over one year or part-time over two-years, and may be studied as either an MSc or a Postgraduate Diploma.

All students (MSc and Postgraduate Diploma) take course units totalling 120 credits (eight 15-credit courses) over the year.

Course units typically include:
-Methodology and Research Design
-Introduction to Statistical Modelling
-Statistical Foundations
-Qualitative Research Methods
-Survey Research
-Multilevel Modelling
-Longitudinal Data Analysis
-Advanced Survey Methods
-Social Network Analysis
-Introduction to Demography
-Structural Equation Modelling

All students proceeding to MSc must complete a research dissertation of up to 15,000 words. Those on the Postgraduate Diploma may upgrade to the full MSc subject to satisfactory course performance.

Career opportunities

There is an increasing need for well-trained social scientists who are able to apply advanced methods of analysis to complex data. Graduates of our programme in Social Research Methods and Statistics are in a good position to obtain jobs in central government, including the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the academic sector, local government and within the commercial research sector. We have excellent links with ONS and government departments such as the Department for Children, Schools and Families, local authorities and many commercial organisations and thus well placed to assist students in finding jobs. A number of our students already hold research positions (typically in local government or overseas) and take the MSc as part of career development programmes. The SRMS course is ideal preparation for students wishing to pursue doctoral study, and is a formal component of our 1+3 PhD training model. CMIST usually have a number of funded PhD studentships each year and many studentships are taken up by graduates of the SRMS programme.

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Fast-track your career in policy. Policy-makers create strategic and operational policies that make life better—locally, nationally and internationally. Read more

Fast-track your career in policy

Policy-makers create strategic and operational policies that make life better—locally, nationally and internationally.

Give yourself the opportunity to get a high-level overview of the latest public sector developments and insights. You'll develop your abilities, broaden your perspective, deepen your understanding, challenge your thinking—and increase your employability.

You'll study at the School of Government, learning to help decision makers get the best outcomes in environmental, economic and social areas. Find out about the machinery of government and get the skills to design, evaluate and put in place strategic and operational policies that improve our lives.

Well connected

Victoria is the only New Zealand university that is connected to the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)—so you know your qualification is of the highest standard.

Our lecturers are actively involved in the public sector, exchanging ideas on key policy and management issues. They're connected to decision makers from local, regional and national government, giving you the opportunity to meet and learn from those in the know.

We're also associated with important public and volunteer sector organisations like the Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM), Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ), the NZ Council of Social Services (NZCOSS) and Hui E! Community Aotearoa.

International students, global insights

Be part of a school that attracts not only local professionals but a talented group of international students—many highly experienced employees of government organisations in their own countries. Take advantage of the diverse experience in public policy and public management these students take to the classroom—providing valuable insights and bringing the comparative perspective alive.

Qualification family structure

  • Master of Public Policy
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Public Policy
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Public Policy

Choose the qualification that suits your career goals, time constraints and financial situation.If you are initially accepted for a certificate or diploma, you can apply to transfer to the Master’s degree at a later stage. Both your performance in the programme and your professional work experience will be taken into account when looking at your application.

If you're working towards a Master of Public Policy and illness, promotion or other reasons for leaving your studies come up, you may still be able to graduate with a certificate or diploma.

What you'll study

You'll take a mixture of foundation and core courses that will give you the skills and capability to design, implement and evaluate policy for a range of different outcomes.

Learn about the theory and practice of policy making and examine the role of government and others in policy creation and implementation. Understand the issues at play in different policy areas like local government, health or development. If you're working while you study, you can apply what you learn to your own workplace policy challenges immediately.

MPP students should also take a research paper as part of their qualification. This could be a research topic that is relevant to your workplace. If you want to complete your Master's by coursework only, you need to get approval from the Master's Programme Director.

How you'll learn

Most classes are delivered on-campus in a block format. That means you'll need to attend day-long classes on three different days each semester, each of these separated by about six weeks. You'll also need to complete an additional six hours of structured class work, which may be face-to-face or online.

Some classes are delivered in a weekly or intensive format. Intensive courses are structured as one-off blocks of four days, or two blocks of two days separated by six weeks. Classes for weekly courses usually take place in the evening during the standard university trimesters.

Whatever format your course is delivered in, you'll need to attend all of the classes to pass and to get the most out of your study.

Study while you work

Because of the block format of the classes, you can fit your study commitments around your work and home life. And if you're struggling at any time, just let us know—we want your study to be a success.

Workload

If you are studying full-time you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students doing two courses per trimester will need to do around 20–23 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working full-time.

You can estimate your workload by adding up the number of points you'll be doing. One point is roughly equal to 10–12 hours work.

Duration

The MPP can be completed in three years part-time, or in two years of full-time study.

Top locations

Surrounded by Parliament Buildings, government offices and corporate headquarters, you'll benefit from the strong links the School of Government maintains with the industry.

Community

Postgraduate study at Victoria will help you build valuable relationships and networks with peers, university staff and future colleagues.

There will be opportunities to attend events, workshops, social functions and seminars such as the Student Learning Postgraduate Research skills sessions. You'll also have access to the postgraduate student workspace on the 2nd floor of Rutherford House—make use of the spacious computer lab, meeting rooms, printer and kitchen.

The Postgraduate Students' Association can give you information and provides a voice for you on campus.

Careers

Skilled-policy makers are in demand both in and outside of government, due to their technical and creative skills and commitment to solving society's challenges.

You might find work in central, local or regional government, a Crown entity or a not-for-profit organisation, or a private consultancy or corporation active in policy-making and implementation processes.



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Better government through technology. e-Government is a growing area. As our world becomes increasingly connected through ICT, governments need skilled professionals who understand how to manage the impact of these ever-evolving technologies. Read more

Better government through technology

e-Government is a growing area. As our world becomes increasingly connected through ICT, governments need skilled professionals who understand how to manage the impact of these ever-evolving technologies.

At Victoria's School of Government, you'll discover innovative new uses for ICT—building new ways for communities to engage with government and use public services.

A unique qualification in an emerging field

Victoria's Master of e-Government is the only course of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region.

Focusing on the management rather than the technical aspects of e-Government, your courses are designed by experts in government and ICT and taught by leading academics in this new field.

International students, global insights

Be part of a school that attracts not only local professionals but a talented group of international students—many highly experienced employees of government organisations in their own countries. Take advantage of the diverse experience in public policy and public management these students take to the classroom—providing valuable insights and bringing the comparative perspective alive.

What you'll study

The MEGov will give you the skills and knowledge to manage transformational government ICT projects, using real-life examples from New Zealand and overseas. Your studies will include:

  1. Up to eight core courses depending on your previous work and study experience—you'll learn about the theories, concepts, frameworks and strategies that underpin the management of public service ICT. You'll also find out how e-Government relates to good government and examine the risks and benefits of using ICT to enable public engagement.
  2. A research project–you'll research and report on a specific topic in e-Government or apply your knowledge to the design and management of a transformational e-Government project.
  3. Four other courses–choose from a wide variety of courses depending on your career goals, looking at issues in public policy, public management and information management in government and the private sector.

How you'll learn

Courses are delivered in a Block, Intensive or Weekly format. Whatever format your course is delivered, you need to attend all of the classes to pass and to get the most out of your study.

Block

Most MEGov courses are delivered on-campus in a block format, which means that you'll need to attend classes on three full days each semester. These classes are separated by about six weeks.

Weekly

Some of your core classes are delivered in a weekly format, with classes taking place in the evening during the standard university trimesters.

Intensive

Depending on the courses you take, you may have a class that's delivered in an intensive format. Intensive courses are structured as one-off blocks of four days, or two blocks of two days separated by six weeks.

Workload

If you are studying full-time you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students doing two courses per trimester will need to do around 20–23 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working full-time.

You can estimate your workload by adding up the number of points you'll be doing. One point is roughly equal to 10–12 hours work.

Duration

The MEGov can be completed in two years part-time, or one year of full-time study.

Community

Postgraduate study at Victoria will help you build valuable relationships and networks with peers, university staff and future colleagues.

You’ll get an orientation to introduce you to the people you’ll work with, a working space with desk, computer and storage, and use of a common room or kitchen when you want to take a break or mingle.

You'll also have opportunities to attend events, workshops, social functions and seminars such as the Student Learning Postgraduate Research skills sessions.

The Postgraduate Student's Association can give you information and provides a voice for you on campus.

Careers

You'll be well-placed to take part in the emerging area of e-government, leading and managing ICT projects at government departments or non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

And while you'll develop skills that will uniquely prepare you for e-government projects, you'll also have capabilities and knowledge you can use in private industry.



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Our courses share a common set of core taught course units to provide you with a strong grounding in the quantitative and qualitative skills required to address environmental questions in additional to subject-specific knowledge and understanding. Read more
Our courses share a common set of core taught course units to provide you with a strong grounding in the quantitative and qualitative skills required to address environmental questions in additional to subject-specific knowledge and understanding.

This shared core taught element means it is possible to swop between the courses.

Following the taught element you have the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge in a research project. If you choose the Masters in Applications in Environmental Sciences you will undertake a second project, which can involve a placement in industry.

Aims

The aim of this programme is to
-Provide interdisciplinary foundation training for students from a natural science or engineering background intending to pursue a career, with or without further postgraduate training, in pollution control, environmental management or resource conservation.
-Provide an understanding of the nature of explanation in social science, natural science and engineering as applied to research or other investigative activity in pollution control and environmental management.
-Provide generic and subject-specific training in research design and methods of data collection and analysis.
-Provide subject-specific training in the social, economic, legal, planning and engineering dimensions of environmental protection and resource conservation tailored to the student's research interests and/or career needs.
-Provide subject-specific training on how natural systems function and the perturbations to those systems arising from human activity, again tailored to the student's research interests and/or career needs.
-Meet the needs of employers that require an ability to bring sound science and current thinking to environmental problems.
-Foster interdisciplinary study within the School and within the University through provision of high quality students to carry out projects.
-Enable the student systematically to research the area of environmental pollution via the literature and create an ordered structured report on a subject of relevance to the course and their own interests.

Career opportunities

Governments, industry and society, in all countries, are increasingly aware of the importance of securing sustainable development through cost-effective pollution controls and resource conservation. As a result, there is a growing need, internationally, for suitably qualified personnel in the environmental authorities of central and local government, industry and commerce, consultancy and research. Moreover, the resulting legal requirements on the part of governments and industry to conform to national and international agreements and regulations means that such demand will remain even during periods of economic austerity and retrenchment.

Employers are increasingly requiring environmental science graduates to have a strong grounding in the quantitative and qualitative skills required to address environmental questions in additional to subject-specific knowledge and understanding. Our programmes address these requirements through a core of skills-based modules with the emphasis on synthesis.

Graduates from the existing Pollution and Environmental Control Masters have been very successful in obtaining relevant environment-related employment in areas such as industry, local and central authorities, the regulatory sector, consultancies, education and research. Typically, between 20 and 30% of students completing the programme undertake postgraduate research immediately after graduation.

We expect that graduates from the new Applications in Environmental Science Masters will be attractive to employers in the environmental authorities of central and local government, industry and commerce, consultancy and research. The experience gained during an industrial placement will be especially valuable to employers.

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How do political scientists explain political outcomes? How does normative theory inform the way researchers approach their work? How do political science approaches differ from historical accounts of political phenomenon? How can political science be used to analyse the real world?. Read more
How do political scientists explain political outcomes? How does normative theory inform the way researchers approach their work? How do political science approaches differ from historical accounts of political phenomenon? How can political science be used to analyse the real world?

Our MSc Political Science gives a general overview of such topics, and as our most flexible postgraduate course offers you a very wide choice of optional modules. You explore the main theoretical approaches to the study of politics and look at what the basic theoretical framework required to conduct research in political science is.

Your optional modules may cover topics including:
-Survey measurement and research methods
-The economy and the state
-Democracies in Europe
-Theories of justice
-Conflict resolution

Our Department of Government is one of the most prestigious in Europe, with an outstanding record of teaching, research and publication. We are rated top in the UK for research (REF 2014), and have consistently been the highest-rated politics department in the country since national assessments began. Ranked top 10 in the world for political science and international relations according to the Centre for World University Rankings (2017)

Our expert staff

Some of the biggest names in the field work at Essex, giving you unparalleled access to some of the best minds in politics. Our staff are advising the CIA on counter-terrorism, training politicians and civil servants in democratising countries, and commentating on political events in national and international media.

Our academic staff work on topics ranging from international conflict and violence to British elections, and from the obligations of the younger generation to why authoritarian leaders welcome natural disasters.

You join an active and prolific research team, with the opportunity to work alongside a member of staff on their research instead of completing a dissertation; some of these projects have even resulted in joint staff/student publications.

Specialist facilities

Laboratories of networked computers featuring extensive software for political analysis
ESSEXLab provides opportunities for experimental lab research
Student societies for politics, debating, and Model UN
We organise the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis
A programme of seminars and events run by the department
Your future
All Essex politics graduates have the distinction of a qualification from one of the world’s leading politics departments.

Our graduates from this course can expect to find jobs in market research, the media and central or local government. It also provides a foundation for further research in political science. You will gain key employability skills such as analytical reasoning, research design, and report writing.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for the following high-profile organisations:
-The Civil Service
-Local government
-The World Bank
-The United Nations
-NATO
-YouGov and YouGov America

We also offer supervision for PhD and MPhil in the following fields: government; ideology and discourse analysis; international relations; political behaviour; and politics.

Our academic reputation is illustrated by the fact that many of our graduates now teach or research at universities, colleges of higher education and schools. For example, recent graduates are now research fellows and academic staff at: Mannheim, Germany; ETH Zurich, Switzerland; Duke University, USA; NATO/SHAPE, Belgium; and University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

We also work with the university’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example structure

-MA Dissertation
-Advanced Research Methods
-Theory and Explanation in Political Science
-Comparative European Politics (optional)
-Conflict Resolution (optional)
-Contemporary Theories of Justice (optional)
-Ideology and Political Discourse (optional)
-Environmental Politics (optional)
-International Security Studies (optional)
-Political Economy (optional)
-Political Explanation (optional)
-Political Parties in Britain and Europe (optional)
-Political Theory (optional)
-Public Opinion and Political Behaviour (optional)
-Research Design (optional)
-Research Seminar in Political Theory and Methods (optional)
-Survey Measurement and Question Design
-Theories of International Relations (optional)

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Recognised and approved by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), this course prepares graduates of all disciplines for a career in the modern information society. Read more
Recognised and approved by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), this course prepares graduates of all disciplines for a career in the modern information society.

Your study will focus on the design and evaluation of web data and information-based systems and services, and on the use and analysis of data and information in evidence, in research and as an asset in the management of organisations.

You may undertake a placement, which we will help you to source, in information units, libraries and other relevant centres, including large corporations, local government, the National Health Service, financial and legal services. This will provide networking opportunities within the library, information and media industries.

Placement options

You may undertake a placement, which we will help you to source, in information units, libraries and other relevant centres, including large corporations, local government, the National Health Service, financial and legal services.

About the Course

The course is recognised and approved by the CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) and the combination of taught units, dissertation and optional fieldwork will prepare you to take a leading role in rapidly evolving knowledge and information industries and enhance your skills for employability. Learning takes place in a vibrant environment and you will be able to take advantage of our excellent connections to this sector via fieldwork placements and our programme of visiting speakers.

Assessment details

This course is assessed through coursework, including a dissertation.

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Recognised and approved by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), this route prepares graduates of all disciplines for a career in the modern information society and its industries. Read more
Recognised and approved by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), this route prepares graduates of all disciplines for a career in the modern information society and its industries.

The taught element is equivalent to a postgraduate diploma, and as a professional qualification enables progression to Chartership in your first professional post. Your study will focus on the principles for the organisation, retrieval and accessibility of information and on the strategic management of information organisations, such as libraries, the information landscape, for example online and on the web, and on the development of library services of all kinds. Successful completion of a dissertation develops your knowledge of the field and skills as a researcher resulting in the award of MA. You may undertake a placement, which we will help you to source, in information units, libraries and other relevant centres, including large corporations, local government, the National Health Service, financial and legal services. This will provide networking opportunities within the library, informations and media industries.

Placement options

You may take the opportunity to gain work experience and arrange a placement to complement your studies in information units, libraries and other relevant centres, including large corporations, local government, the National Health Service, financial and legal services. This will provide networking opportunities within the library, information and media industries.

About the Course

The course is recognised and approved by the CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) and the combination of taught units, dissertation and optional fieldwork will prepare you to take a leading role in rapidly evolving knowledge and information industries and enhance your skills for employability. Learning takes place in a vibrant environment and you will be able to take advantage of our excellent connections to this sector via fieldwork placements and our programme of visiting speakers.

Assessment details

Assessment takes the form of coursework, including a dissertation.

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This programme allows you to examine the national and international contexts for the development of housing systems, policies and practices. Read more
This programme allows you to examine the national and international contexts for the development of housing systems, policies and practices. It provides a framework for discussing the development, financing, and management of housing with an emphasis on social rented housing in the United Kingdom. If you are working or seeking to work in the social housing sector in the UK (or in a closely related field), this programme is ideal for you.

Why this programme

◾The programme is validated by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), and can meet all the academic requirements for membership of the professional body for students with work experience.
◾The programme is very flexible and you can complete the courses through full-time, part-time or modular study.
◾The programme has strong links with the housing sector in Glasgow and the west of Scotland. There is significant input from industry, including teaching on some courses, guest lectures and seminars. The programme offers many interactive learning opportunities, including field visits.
◾The programme is very flexible and you can complete the courses through full-time, part-time or modular study.
◾The courses are designed to suit all needs, whether you are studying full-time or balancing professional and personal commitments.
◾An optional field trip to London will provide you with an insight into the complex socio-economic dynamics of city building and design through visits to high profile real estate, planning and regeneration projects. You will have the opportunity to both meet and speak with senior industry professionals and policy-makers involved in the delivery of major urban developments. Past trips have included visits to The Shard, Olympic Park, Crossrail, Battersea Power Station.

Programme structure

The programme is structured around core and optional courses, many of which are shared with other postgraduate programmes within Urban Studies, facilitating interaction with professionals seeking qualifications in related fields. For part-time students the programme is designed assuming one day a week attendance over two years; for full-time students these two teaching days are attended over one year. You may wish to spread your study over a longer period and can do so through the modular route. Those undertaking the MSc will also need to submit a dissertation as a piece of independent research.

Core courses
◾Foundations of housing management
◾Housing businesses
◾Housing contexts
◾Methods of social research (MSc only)
◾Professional practice ethics and management
◾Scottish housing law
◾Understanding housing markets.

Optional courses
◾Designing places
◾Development process
◾Evaluating evidence and policy
◾Housing inequality and society
◾International urban challenges
◾Methods of social research (PgDip only)
◾Regenerating cities and neighbourhoods
◾Sustainable housing development.

Career prospects

Career opportunities exist within local government, housing associations and charities engaged in housing management practice. There are additional opportunities in the voluntary sector such as housing law, advice, and campaigning. The statutory sector also has a range of housing policy roles (central and local government). The qualification is recognised throughout the UK.

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This postgraduate diploma aims to extend the skills, knowledge and critical understanding of planning that you developed on an undergraduate course to a professional level of expertise. Read more
This postgraduate diploma aims to extend the skills, knowledge and critical understanding of planning that you developed on an undergraduate course to a professional level of expertise.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Planning is centred on core modules that provide an in-depth understanding of professional planning practice and students also have the opportunity to broaden out their skills and knowledge by specialising in a specific area of planning practice.

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) accredited

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/diploma-in-planning/

Why choose this course?

- Strong career prospects in international planning and environmental consultancies, government agencies, local government, NGOs and campaigning organisations.

- Brookes' Department of Planning performs a leading role in research and consultancy, with clients and projects covering subjects from local concerns to multinational organisations, government and industry.

- We feed our research directly into our teaching enabling you to learn directly from the most current areas of practice.

- Experience of current practice and the professional world is gained through fieldwork, study visits and visiting speakers.

- Oxford, with its excellent transport links to all regions of the UK, is a particularly convenient place to study for part-time students on day release from work.

Teaching and learning

The emphasis of this course is on small group teaching and active learning to help students acquire the necessary knowledge and skills. A variety of methods are used with project work and workshops tending to predominate, using topical national and local issues as a basis. Further experience of current practice and the professional world is gained through fieldwork, study visits and visiting speakers.

Teaching is organised on a module-credit basis involving three-hour teaching blocks delivered over a 12-week period.

Approach to assessment

Each module is assessed individually, generally on the quality of written or design work, and to some extent on verbal presentations. Assessment methods may include essays, seminar papers, formal written examinations, in-class tests, project work, design and verbal presentations, workshops, simulations and practical exercises.

How this course helps you develop

Not only is the Postgraduate Diploma in Planning a qualification for professional planners, it is also widely recognised as providing the transferable skills and critical knowledge and understanding necessary in many fields of work in the built and natural environment.

Careers

Local government, the traditional destination of the planning graduate, is just one of many career opportunities available to Postgraduate Diploma in Planning graduates. Today our alumni can be found in senior positions in some of the largest international planning and environmental consultancies, in government agencies, in large NGOs and campaigning organisations. They can also be found in similar positions and organisations in countries across the globe.

The long-standing reputation of the Department of Planning in producing highly skilled, enthusiastic and very capable professional planners aids the employability of our graduates. We are the first port of call for many employers when they are seeking new graduate planners.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

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