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Course content

This course is designed to give you advanced analytical and conceptual skills to critically evaluate politics and public policy at multiple levels of governance. It also provides a thorough training in analytical methods and approaches (qualitative and quantitative) used for conducting research in these areas. This involves:

• a core of modules designed to provide a solid foundation of knowledge and understanding in politics and public policy;

• specialisation in areas of politics and public policy of particular interest to you at local, Welsh, UK, EU and international levels;

• learning activities, such as student presentations and group work, designed to refine a range of transferable skills including communication, organisational and interpersonal skills.

Distinctive features

• Vocational relevance
• Covers Welsh, UK, European and international levels of governance
• Develops advanced research skills

Structure

The course can be completed in one year with full-time study and in two years by part-time study.

You will take compulsory and optional modules offered by the Department of Politics and International Relations (subject to any pre-requisite conditions, accommodation, timetable or other constraints that may apply in that particular year) and complete a dissertation.

The programme is delivered in two stages. Stage One (the taught component) comprises 15- and 30-credit compulsory and optional modules; Stage Two comprises the dissertation. During stage One, you will be taught and assessed in modules in each semester.

You will progress to the dissertation upon successful completion of Stage One.

For a list of modules for the FULL-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/politics-and-public-policy-msc-econ

For a list of the modules for the PART-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/politics-and-public-policy-msc-econ-part-time

Teaching

Studying for a postgraduate degree is intensive and challenging and it is important that you take full advantage of the teaching that is provided in order to succeed. Attendance at classes and dissertation supervisions is compulsory; we will expect you to undertake self-directed study, be well prepared by completing the required reading, and participate fully in classes.

Learning is primarily by means of small group sessions designed to enable you to analyse and critically evaluate major public policy issues and the concepts, theories and methods used in the analysis of public policy and politics.

Assessment

Assessment is via a variety of coursework and unseen written examinations, accompanied by personalised feedback designed to enable you to improve your performance over the course of the programme. The forms of coursework assessment include essays, seminar presentations, class tests and book and article reviews.

Summative assessments count towards your degree. Your marks in these assessments count towards your formal progression from Stage One (taught modules) to Stage Two (the dissertation), and towards the determination of your final award. The dissertation comprises the Stage Two summative assessment.

Career Prospects

A Master's degree in Politics and Public Policy demonstrates that you have an excellent understanding of government and policy-making at multiple level of governance that will be of use in a wide range of roles within the public, private and third sectors. You will also have advanced analytical, research and communications skills, including the ability to independently solve problems and make decisions in challenging situations. For these reasons, the degree opens the way for careers in a wide range of fields. These include a variety of roles at local, Welsh, UK, EU and international levels within the public, private and third sectors. The stress on research skills and independent study also means that graduates are well-placed to continue their academic studies and undertake PhDs.

Visit the Politics and Public Policy MSc Econ page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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