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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Politics & Government

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    2 years full-time; 4 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    For current fees visit our website

  • Last Updated

    03 September 2018

Course content

The Extended MA in Public Policy is designed to provide a high level training in the study of public policy and policy making at international, national and sub-state levels.

Apart from studying at Swansea University, Public Policy (Extended) students will be spending one semester abroad at The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.

Key Features of MA in Public Policy

The MA in Public Policy provides a solid grounding in the key theoretical approaches to the study of public policy, and seeks to develop the knowledge and skills of those wishing to engage in further academic study.

At the same time the Extended Public Policy course focuses on the necessary skills involved in working in a public policy landscape now increasingly characterised by change and interdependence. Consequently, it will also develop the knowledge and skills of those wishing to, or already, pursuing a career in public policy research, policy advice, lobbying, public sector management or journalism.

The Extended MA (EMA) is a 240-credit postgraduate qualification that is equivalent to 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) and is thus a recognised Masters qualification throughout the

European Union. The EMA is a standard UK MA plus an additional 60 credits (30 ECTS) and this additional coursework is undertaken in one semester at a partner institution overseas. The EMA is therefore not only an EU recognised postgraduate qualification it also adds a study abroad experience thus enhancing the qualification’s employability credentials.

The partner institution for EMA Public Policy is The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Founded in 1997, the Bush School is ranked in the top 12 percent of the

266 graduate public affairs schools in the USA, according to rankings published in U.S. News & World Report. Located in College Station, Texas, the School’s programmes are housed in the Robert H. and Judy Ley Allen Building, which is part of the George Bush Presidential Library Center on the West Campus of Texas A&M. This location affords students access to the archival holdings of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, invitation to numerous events hosted by the George Bush Foundation at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center, and inclusion in the many activities of the Texas A&M community. Texas A&M is the second-largest university in the USA with 66,000 enrolled students in 2016. It holds membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities, one of only 61 institutions with this distinction.

MA Public Policy Programme Aims

  • To develop and advance practical and academic knowledge and understanding of public policy.
  • To develop critical, theoretical and analytical skills, and to improve written and oral communication skills.
  • To acquire research and practical skills in public policy relevant to academic, public- and private sector careers in policy-related areas.

Modules

Modules on the MA in Public Policy typically include:

  • Conceptual Issues In the Theory and Practice of Social Sciences
  • The Policy Making Process
  • Comparative Governance in Complex Systems
  • International Security in the Asia Pacific
  • Politics in Contemporary Britain
  • War and Space
  • The State of Africa
  • Drug Policy and Human Rights
  • Rights-based Approaches to Development
  • Violence, Conflict and Development
  • Gender, Society and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Gender and the Social Sciences
  • Democracy and Constitutional Design
  • Devolution in Comparative Perspective
  • Cyber Governance
  • Foundations of International Political Economy

Work-based Placements

The MA in Public Policy offers opportunities (awarded on a competitive basis) for work-based placement learning either through the Study in Gambia programme or placements arranged with government organisations in Wales.

Who should Apply for the Public Policy MA?

Students interested in politics, international relations, development studies, law, humanities, social science, International business or a related background. Professionals interested in public policy and administration. Students interested in preparation for postgraduate research, MPhil or PhD, or who wish to develop skills and knowledge related to Public Policy.

Careers

Career expectations are excellent for public policy graduates, who are well-placed for careers in a variety of sectors in the UK, Europe or internationally. MA degree holders in Public Policy may move on to doctoral study or enter employment sectors such as government and politics; the public sector; journalism; the diplomatic corps; the armed forces; intelligence and risk analysis; relief and humanitarian organisations; law and finance and international business.

Research Interests

The following research groups at Swansea provide a distinct international and multi-disciplinary forum for the advancement of the study of Politics including:

  • Policy and Governance
  • International Relations & Security
  • Cultural Political Economy
  • Development Studies
  • International Communication

Regular research seminars and lectures are run through these groups and also through the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) which students are encouraged to attend. 


Visit the Public Policy (Extended) MA page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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