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Course content

This programme combines courses that examine the policy making process, policy analysis and evaluation and real world public policy challenges, with professional management courses It aims to develop future public sector leaders who understand both the organisational contexts and challenges that face governments.

Why this programme

◾Glasgow is an inspiring place to study problems of public and urban policy, both as a laboratory of many profound challenges, and providing many examples of leading and innovative approaches to tackling such issues.
◾You will benefit from professional management courses, delivered by the Adam Smith Business School, providing an insight into practical challenges facing all successful organisations.
◾The programme involves expert contributions from those working in a range of policy fields and field trips to study policy initiatives on the ground.
◾An optional field trip to London will provide you with an insight into the complex socio-economic dynamics of city building and design through visits to high profile real estate, planning and regeneration projects. You will have the opportunity to both meet and speak with senior industry professionals and policy-makers involved in the delivery of major urban developments. Past trips have included visits to The Shard, Olympic Park, Crossrail, Battersea Power Station.

Programme structure

This programme combines core courses in public policy and management with a range of options, designed to allow you to develop expertise in core public policy fields. Over the summer months, you will undertake an independent research project where you can research an issue of interest to you in more depth.

Core courses
◾Evaluation, evidence and policy
◾Managing innovation and creativity
◾Managing strategic change
◾Methods of social research
◾Project management
◾Understanding public policy.

Optional courses
◾Governance and markets
◾International urban challenges
◾Regenerating cities
◾Sustainable housing development
◾Understanding health policy
◾Urban theory and research.

You may also be able to choose from courses in the other subjects in the School of Social & Political Sciences (subject to programme convener's approval).

Career prospects

Career opportunities include working within central or local government, policy advice and development roles, or policy evaluation and assessment. Core management skills equip students for a wide range of roles across the private and public sector.

Visit the Public Policy & Management - MSc/PGDip page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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