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Unlike traditional, theory-based graduate programs, the Master of Public Policy (MPP) enables students to solve a broad range of real-world policy problems.This practical, hands-on and intensive program is unlike any other policy program in Canada.Program components are guided by The School’s three focus areas. Read more
Unlike traditional, theory-based graduate programs, the Master of Public Policy (MPP) enables students to solve a broad range of real-world policy problems.This practical, hands-on and intensive program is unlike any other policy program in Canada.Program components are guided by The School’s three focus areas:
-Economic and Social Policy
-International Policy
-Energy and Environmental Policy

Students interested in pursuing a professional degree program in public policy that can be completed in 12 months through intensive study will find the Master of Public Policy (MPP) an ideal choice for a public policy role in the government, private sector, and not for profit realm. The School has graduates working in a diverse number of fields across Canada, and by joining the MPP program, you will have the ability to tie into this network of professionals. Students graduate with a comprehensive set of analytical and quantitative skills that enable them to formulate and implement policy across multiple business sectors. The School offers students a series of professional development sessions aimed at providing them the ability to obtain a paid summer internship and secure meaningful, policy related work upon graduation. Students regularly interact with MPP alumni employed in numerous fields while also developing professional contacts in Calgary and beyond.

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This programme is designed for graduates who want an advanced professional qualification that will provide a launch pad for a career in the public sector, nonprofit sector or international policy community. Read more

Programme description

This programme is designed for graduates who want an advanced professional qualification that will provide a launch pad for a career in the public sector, nonprofit sector or international policy community.

The programme aims to:

develop analytical and conceptual skills to enable critical evaluation of major policy issues, policy processes, policy implementation and policy linkages
examine in detail the political, economic and social context of policy-making at the local, regional, state and international levels
develop an in-depth knowledge of specific policy issues
provide a thorough training in analytical methods and approaches (qualitative and quantitative) used for policy development and implementation
develop an understanding of practical and ethical issues in policy-making
enhance knowledge and professional skills for public sector careers
provide professional experience through the work placement component

Programme structure

You will be taught using a variety of innovative teaching methods with a focus on providing a strong practice-oriented element to provide you with the skills necessary for a career in the public sector.

The types of assessment used will include:

writing short policy briefs of memos
problem-solving tasks
individual and group presentations
writing analytical reports
self and peer assessment
developing skills portfolios
other varied oral and writing tasks

Work placement

This programme offers an opportunity to undertake a work-based placement (approximately 8-10 weeks) with a policy organisation. Students undertaking a work placement are required to produce a professional analytical report, based on their placement, which explores an existing public policy problem faced by a real-life public or non-profit sector organisation and your recommendations for a strategy to address it.

Such places are not guaranteed and are dependent on a students overall academic performance as well as the availability of suitable placements. Students not undertaking a work placement will complete an analytical report in which they will be expected to engage with a policy problem, collecting data, and presenting policy recommendations.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the programme, you will have gained skills in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding

Policy-making processes, including policy development and implementation.
Multi-level governance, policy interests, actors and power.
Domestic, European and International Policy Arenas.
Public Economics and Market Failure.
Analytical Methods for Policy.
Policy learning and transfer.
Theories of policy-making.

Intellectual skills

Analytical: involving the ability to analyse and critically evaluate major public policy issues, including their historical evolution; their social, political, economic, cultural and ethical dimensions and implications; and their strengths and weaknesses.
Methodological: involving the ability to appreciate a variety of methods and approaches available in the analysis of policy, to choose when particular approaches are relevant, and to employ them effectively.
Interdisciplinary competence: involving the ability to develop complex arguments using material from different related fields (e.g. politics, social policy, public management, economics, law, geosciences, public health).

Professional/subject-specific/practical skills

Ability to critically evaluate factors shaping the policy-making process.
Skills in applying theories and insights from scholarly research to practical issues.
Ability to write analytical reports regarding policy issues and problems.
Practical skills and professional experience gained through the placement.
Ability to form a research-driven goal (of an essay, report, presentation), identify methods necessary for a given project, and to complete a project on time.

Transferable skills

General analytical: ability to critically evaluate policies and arguments, and to analyse policy documents and datasets.
Organisational: ability to complete a project, setting up analytical and research goals, identifying necessary means and ways to completion.
Interpersonal: leadership, delegation and team-work or group-work (presentations, joint policy reports, discussions in class).
Communications: ability to prepare and present reports, papers and briefs to a mixed audience of academics and practitioners using powerpoint etc.
Methodological: ability to evaluate and apply different qualitative and quantitative analytical methods.
Reflective: ability to reflect on self-development, progress and skills.

Career opportunities

An MPP is a recognised professional qualification. The combination of academic excellence and practical experience ensure that MPP graduates are well placed for careers in public policy, government, think tanks, consulting firms, NGOs, party politics, and advocacy/lobbying organisations, among others.

The transferable skills you will gain from the programme, and the experience and networking opportunities from the Capstone placement, will give you a competitive edge in the employment market whatever your eventual career.

Executive Programme in Public Policy

The University’s Academy of Government also offers an Executive Programme in Public Policy, aimed at mid-career professionals from the public sector, international organisations, business and civil society organisations, on a flexible, credit-accumulation basis:

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The Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) provides an advanced qualification in research and policy analysis. Read more
The Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) provides an advanced qualification in research and policy analysis. It allows you to develop the conceptual, analytical and practical skills required to flourish in the policymaking world, preparing you for a career in the public sector and vocations that make a contribution to the development or delivery of public policy.

The course can also be used as a springboard for further postgraduate research and combines core modules in policy and policy-making with optional modules in social research and policy-relevant disciplines.

If you want to use the degree to pursue research, to PhD level for example, you can take three modules in Applied Social Research. If you want to pursue an interest in other policy-relevant disciplines, you can combine a focus on policy and research with options in areas such as:
-Law.
-Economics.
-Behavioural science.
-Social marketing.
-Energy.
-Environmental and international politics.

The course is designed to meet your specific, individual requirements and the course is delivered by small weekly group seminars, with dedicated contact with the course leader.

You complete the course by producing a dissertation which applies intellectual rigour to a real world policy problem to equip the policymakers of the future.

Additionally, there is some scope to take modules from the new MSc in Gender Studies.

Key information

-Degree type: MPP
-Study methods: Full-time, Campus based, Part-time
-Course Director: Professor Paul Cairney

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities has four divisions: Communications, Media and Culture; History and Politics; Literature and Languages; and Law and Philosophy.

The Faculty is home to a research culture characterised by innovative scholarship. We offer an integrated, supportive and intellectually stimulating environment for our diverse postgraduate community.

The quality of our research has led to regular awards from funders, such as the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, Carnegie Trust and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), Stirling was placed first in Scotland for research impact in Communications, Cultural and Media Studies, and first in Scotland for research publications in Law.

Other admission requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
-IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
-Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
-Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
-Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
-IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

For more information go to English language requirements: https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses: http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx

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The School of Public Policy and Governance is a professional school offering a two-year Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree. Read more
The School of Public Policy and Governance is a professional school offering a two-year Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree. The program is highly interdisciplinary and bridges the spheres of domestic policy and international or global policy, providing comprehensive coverage of the broad sweep of complex issues facing modern governments and other policymaking organizations.

The MPP program features core instruction on a peer-cohort learning model. In addition to the core material considered essential for policy practice, students take electives both within the school and in the broader university. Integrating seminars are led by faculty members. Invited visiting public sector leaders and external researchers bridge theory and practice, providing contact with senior professionals in government and the broader public, private, and community sectors. The program also provides access to courses and research facilities available in many other graduate departments, centres, and institutes across the University.

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The two-year Master of Public Administration (MPA) programme is ideal for current and future government advisers, policy-makers and policy analysts from around the world. Read more

About the MPA

The two-year Master of Public Administration (MPA) programme is ideal for current and future government advisers, policy-makers and policy analysts from around the world. Our training is both wide-ranging and in-depth and includes, among other areas, economics and econometrics, political science, international development and welfare policy. Around 80 per cent of our students come from overseas, creating a truly international network of peers that endures long after graduation.

You will choose a policy stream from a range of five in the second year, allowing you to specialise in a particular area according to your interests and career plans.

Policy streams:
◾ Public and Economic Policy
◾ Public Policy and Management
◾ International Development
◾ European Public and Economic Policy
◾ Public and Social Policy

In the second year of the programme, you will undertake a capstone project where you work in a group of three to five to research, analyse and make recommendations to resolve a genuine policy problem for a real-life client organisation.

You will also benefit from a range of Skills Development Seminars which will complement the formal teaching and learning of the programme. In addition, regular Policy in Practice Seminars bring distinguished professionals to LSE to share their experiences and to help you connect your classroom learning to the real world.

The MPA produces graduates who make far-reaching and significant contributions in the policy arena in the public and private sectors, and in non-governmental organisations including careers in impact investing, policy monitoring and evaluation, policy design, social impact investing, political transparency, financial regulation and economic analysis.

MPA Dual Degree

During their first year, MPA students can apply to spend their second year studying abroad at one of our partner schools, joining one of the following programmes:
◾ the MPA or the MIA at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
◾ the MPP at Sciences Po, Paris
◾ the MPP at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
◾ the MPP at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY), National University of Singapore
◾ the MPP at the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) at the University of Tokyo (note: programme length is 24 months with graduation no earlier than December of the second year).

Graduate destinations

MPA graduates proceed to a wide range of destinations after graduation. Our alumni have assumed consulting, advisory and analyst roles in government – the UK Department of Work and Pensions, the US Department of the Treasury and the Ministry of Finance of Japan; private sector companies – Deloitte, McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group, and KPMG; international organisations – the World Bank, OECD, UNICEF, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD); and think-tanks and NGOs – the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Institute for Public Policy Research (IIPR), Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and Fundação Getúlio Vargas. Some graduates also go on to study doctoral degrees at LSE and at other world-renowned institutions.

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The Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree at the University of Edinburgh is a new professional programme and the UK's first MPP degree. Read more
The Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree at the University of Edinburgh is a new professional programme and the UK's first MPP degree.

The MPP is designed for graduates of social science degrees who want an advanced professional qualification that will provide a launch-pad for a career in the public sector, nonprofit sector or international policy community.

The MPP draws on the cutting-edge research and teaching expertise of academic staff across the University and the close relations we have to the Scottish Government and Parliament, establishing an environment for study which is genuinely at the interface of policy and practice.

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The MPhil in Public Policy provides an interdisciplinary grounding in public policy theory and practice, with courses ranging from philosophy and policy analysis through to media and politics. Read more
The MPhil in Public Policy provides an interdisciplinary grounding in public policy theory and practice, with courses ranging from philosophy and policy analysis through to media and politics.

The course is aimed at students who wish to have a leading role in government, companies or NGOs. The blend of theory and practice will help students to understand the mix of hard and soft skills they will need to be effective policy entrepreneurs and students will leave the course having broadended and strengthened their policy analysis and implementation skills.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/hspimppup

Course detail

The Master's in Public Policy (MPP) is a practice oriented programme that was launched by the department in October 2013. The course runs for 9 months from October to June.

The course aims to strengthen the interconnections between science, research and innovation in public policy. Integral to these aims, the MPP will promote better awareness within policy circles of scientific developments and emerging technologies, which in turn will encourage long-term thinking and better strategic planning.

Purpose

The MPP programme will qualify its graduates to:

- Cope with different forms of information, qualitative and quantitative with varying degrees of precision, relevance and uncertainty
- Consider issues from a range of disciplinary perspectives
- Spot what is missing, and how to recognize when the picture is incomplete
- Critically appraise information from different kinds of experts
- Integrate different forms of thinking
- Consider the implications of complexity, risk and uncertainty in policy-making

The course seeks to attract students who want to build careers in public policy whether in government at national and international levels, or in the third sector or in the private sector. The MPP will provide students with a thorough intellectual grounding and practical experience in the processes of policy making, as well as an understanding of the range of knowledge and skills they need to be effective in the world of policy.

The course draws on teaching from across six schools of the University, from the Department of Computer Science to the Department of Philosophy as well as from policy professionals from the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Candidates for the MPhil in Public Policy take 7 modules and 3 case studies across the course of the year. In addition they must complete two independent essays on topics agreed with their supervisor and a report on their work placement.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course students will be expected to have:

- An appreciation of the political and legal context of policy-making.
- An understanding of the economic and evidence aspects of policy making
- A solid grounding in the theory, practical tools and skills required for the implementation of policy

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

Some bursaries are available to students each year, although numbers vary annually. Those wishing to be considered for the limited funding opportunities available should take note of the early deadlines.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

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Combining your Haskayne MBA with a graduate degree in another field enables you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to stand out in a highly competitive global market. Read more
Combining your Haskayne MBA with a graduate degree in another field enables you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to stand out in a highly competitive global market. You will gain the ability to view an issue from multiple perspectives and develop a diverse professional network, creating a unique competitive advantage.

The Haskayne School of Business offers combined degrees with the faculties of Law, Cumming School of Medicine, School of Public Policy, and Social Work. To optimize the financial investment and time commitment, students are awarded degrees by both faculties without completing the full complement of courses in both programs.

Students can choose to do a combined degree with another faculty, the options are as follows.

JD/MBA (Juris Doctor)

The combined program with law positions students to be successful in roles such as practicing law within a corporation, running a private practice or being a business advisor on the legal and regulatory environment.

JD/MBA students typically complete their first year of studies in the law department, the second year in Haskayne and the third and fourth year combining their studies.

MBT/MBA (Masters of Biomedical Technology)

The combined program with the Department of Medicine positions students to be successful in roles at the interface of science and industry such as management of health sciences, within regulatory bodies and entrepreneurship in technology.

MBT/MBA students typically complete their first year of studies in the Department of Medicine, the second year in Haskayne and the third and fourth year combining their studies.

MD/MBA (Doctor of Medicine)

The combined program with medicine positions students to be successful in roles such as entrepreneurship in health sciences, private medical practice or management of public health.

MD/MBA students typically complete their first year of studies in the Department of Medicine, the second year in Haskayne and the third and fourth year combining their studies. As per the Calendar - A student admitted to the MD/MBA program spends the first year in the MBA program, completing a minimum of 36 units (6.0 full-course equivalents).

MPP/MBA (Master of Public Policy)

The combined program with the School of Public Policy positions students to be successful in roles at the interface of government and industry such as corporate social responsibility officers, within regulatory bodies and entrepreneurship in non-profit.

MPP/MBA students typically complete their first year of studies in the School of Public Policy, the second year in Haskayne and the third and fourth year combining their studies.

MSW/MBA (Master of Social Work)

The combined program with School of Social Work positions students to be successful in roles at the interface of wellness and industry such as corporate wellness and human capital consulting.

MSW/MBA students typically complete their first year of studies in the School of Social Work, the second year in Haskayne and the third and fourth year combining their studies.

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