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Course content

The International Public Policy MSc at UCL provides students with a detailed and systematic understanding of how political institutions, processes and public policies operate in world affairs. The programme brings together the academic study of international relations with analysis of public policy formulation and governance beyond the nation-state.

Degree information

Students are equipped with the theoretical tools and empirical evidence necessary for an in-depth understanding of policy-making within the general theories of international relations, political science, public policy and comparative politics. They develop analytical skills for the study of world politics and the assessment of issues currently facing international policymakers.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (75 credits), optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules
-International Organisation (30)
-Public Policy Economics and Analysis (15)
-Introduction to Qualitative Methods or Advanced Qualitative Methods (15)
-Introduction to Quantitative Methods or Advanced Quantitative Methods (15)

Optional modules - choose one of the following 15-credit modules (the others remain available as options):
-Foreign Policy Analysis (15)
-Global Public Policy (15)
-International Political Economy (15)
-Theories of International Relations (15)

Choose further modules up to a value of 30 credits. The following are suggestions:
-Global Economic and Social Rights (15)
-Making Policy Work (15)
-Policy-Making and Regulation in Europe (15)
-The European Union in the World (15)
-The European Union, Globalisation and the State (15)

Dissertation/report
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars, and includes a policy simulation and a series of talks with leading practitioners and policymakers. Assessment is through a variety of methods, including unseen examination, long essays and the dissertation.

Careers

Graduate destinations both nationally and internationally include:
-Civil servants in departments in central or local government in the UK and overseas.
-Policy officers and researchers for UK members of parliament and Members of the European Parliament.
-The European Commission (for example through internships).
-Public and private sector organisations such as: Universities UK, Transport for London, The Legal Services Commission, Accenture, -Japan International Cooperation Agency, Overseas Development Institute, United Nations Development Programme, Deloitte and Touche.
-Further research study at UCL or other universities in the UK or overseas.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Embassy Trainee, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Lusaka
-VSO ICS SW Bangladesh Team Leader, Voluntary Service Overseas
-Business Intelligence Analyst, Edinburgh International
-Civil Servant, Department for Education
-Compliance and Security Analyst, Return Path

Employability
Students are prepared for a number of potential careers ranging from additional academic work to employment in both the public and private sector. Previous students have secured employment in government agencies in the UK and abroad. A large number of students also find work in the financial sector, including investment banking and consulting. The success of previous students is attributable to the rigorous methods training provided, as well as the diversity of the modules offered.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Political Science is recognised as a centre of excellence in the field and offers a uniquely stimulating environment for the study of international public policy.

London features an enormous range of seminars, conferences, and other events on issues related to the programme. These provide a means for students to expand their knowledge and extend their professional networks.

The research preparation and tailor-made interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary training students receive are of the highest standard available, at one of the world's top universities, as reflected in UCL's performance in a range of rankings and tables.

Visit the International Public Policy - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

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