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MRes Public Policy

Course Description

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

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. If you wish to develop skills in policy analysis and to further a research career in academia, in the civil service or the private and voluntary sectors then this programme is designed with your interests in mind.

This programme is for recent graduates looking for transferable skills relevant to the public, voluntary or private consultancy sectors as well as practitioners looking for enhanced skills and knowledge in public management.

Programme outline
The programme draws on the wide expertise of staff members from across the department. You will take the core modules Theories of the Policy-Making Process, and Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods. You will also take one further module from the options listed below. You will prepare an independent dissertation between 12,000 to 15,000 words on a public policy topic of your choice. You will be assigned a personal supervisor to give advice and assistance for this part of the programme.

Core modules:

Theories of the Policy-Making process (30 credits)
Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods (60 credits)
Dissertation (60 credits)
Module options include:

International Public Management
Policy Analysis for the Developing World
Implementation and Evaluation
Case Studies in British Policy Making
Issues in Democratisation
Globalisation and International Political Economy of Development
International Security: War and Peace in a Global Context
Themes and Cases in US Foreign Relations
Sovereignty and Intervention in International Politics
Please note availability of module options are confirmed at the start of the academic year.

Visit the MRes Public Policy page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

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.


Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to have a good honours degree, preferably in a relevant field of study. But we do consider applications from non-graduates with experience and ability if they are nominated by their employers. We are happy to advise informally on whether you are likely to be eligible for admission. If you are employed in the UK, expect to complete your programme over two years, attending one day a week in term time. You should ensure that you allocate sufficient time to cope with the out of class requirements.

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