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About the course

  • How are policy decisions made and implemented?
  • What are the implications of adopting an ‘evidence-based’ approach to policy evaluation?
  • How reliable is the data that comprises most public policy research?
  • What research methods are appropriate for policy analysis in an environment of cultural diversity and value conflict?

These are the sorts of questions that you will explore in both theoretical and practical terms on this programme. This MRes degree is designed to provide you with an advanced theoretical and practical understanding of policy processes and to offer a grounding in research methods up to PhD level. The programme is focused around current debates on policy-making and public management in both developed and developing countries.

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper-second class honours degree in Politics or a related discipline. Students should also have IELTS 7 (including 7 in the writing component), if your first language is not English.


Where is Queen Mary University of London


Student Profile(s)

Hazel Cheeseman

MSc Public Policy

Currently: Senior Policy and Campaigns Officer,
Action on Smoking & Health – currently
supporting the campaign to introduce new
tobacco control measures in The Health Bill.

Why did you choose Queen Mary?

I wanted a broad Public Policy qualification which
was based in London, was affordable and had a
strong reputation. The course at Queen Mary also
appealed because it actively recruited people who
were already working in the field and I was keen to
learn from other people’s practical experience.

What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?

I found the course stretching and fascinating
expanding not only my knowledge but the skills I
had to interrogate ideas and the framework within
which I understood public policy and
Government. Without a doubt I got my first job
after the course on the basis of my dissertation.
What I learnt through the course has consistently
been useful in the work I have done both in policy
development and in advocacy and campaigning.


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