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MA Politics, Governance & Public Policy

University of Sheffield Department of Politics

Full time & Part time September MA 1 year FT / 2 years PT

About the course

Course description

This course explores the policy process across a range of regional, national and international settings, and equips you with many skills. You will develop a critical understanding of the relationship between the input and output dimensions of governance and policy-making. You will also acquire a detailed practical understanding of the political, economic and social drivers that shape the policy process.

Core modules

  • Analysing the Policy Process
  • Understanding Politics
  • Research and Dissertation Participation
  • Dissertation in Politics, Governance and Public Policy

Optional modules

We offer a range of modules drawing on our academics' world-leading research. As well as choosing from a list of modules directly related to your degree programme, you will have the opportunity to

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Entry Requirements

We’re looking for outstanding and enthusiastic students for our courses.

You can apply to us with a good degree (first-class or 2:1 honours degree) in a relevant social science, arts and humanities, or related subject.

English language requirements:
All of our courses require an overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

Course Content

Where is University of Sheffield


Student Profile(s)

Rebecca Roberts

Why did you choose your particular course?
I chose to study MA Politics, Governance and Public Policy due to my keen interest in the workings of politics as a whole, and the policy process on a domestic and international level. The course appealed to me as it offers an in-depth understanding of the traditions that politics is based upon, and would expand my knowledge and understanding of governance and policy, and how different factors impact its implementation and evaluation.

Why did you decide to study at the University of Sheffield?
I studied BA Politics at the University of Sheffield and the department was extremely helpful throughout my whole degree, and have continued to be so. The department is filled with tutors and staff who are willing to go an extra mile for you, as they are extremely passionate about you succeeding and doing the best that you possibly can. The vast majority of academics in the department are conducting their own research, and are authors of many of the books/academic articles that you will be reading during the MA. Speaking to the people who are authors/contributors to the material you read is extremely beneficial, as you are directly learning from those who are at the top in their field of study, and this was definitely a big factor in me continuing my studies here at Sheffield University. As well as members of the department being extremely helpful to you academically, they are also helpful personally, as from my own experiences I have always been able to speak to my tutors when I am feeling under pressure and stressed; they show a real duty of care.

What are you enjoying the most about studying in Sheffield?
I love Sheffield! It is a great city with many great places to go. There are lots of lovely independent shops, cafes and restaurants; which is why Sheffield is such a unique and wonderful city. Whether, sitting in a café and reading a book, enjoying the Sheffield nightlife or going for a stroll in the Peak District is your thing, there is definitely something for you to do here in Sheffield!


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