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Course Content

Course content

  • Gain the tools to understand and assess a range of public policy issues 
  • Focus on a specialist pathway, such as welfare policy, sustainable environments, international development and global governance 
  • Many classes led by UK government analysts and seminars with politicians and government officials 
  • Accredited as a Climate-KIC Master Programme

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Economics of public policy
  • Politics of public policy
  • Research methods
  • Dissertation or work placement and project
  • Range of optional modules on climate change, social policy, international relations, development

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Our programmes give both a deep understanding of the specific subject matter and a range of transferable skills that can be utilised in a wide variety of future careers. They provide specialist expertise in economic analysis, preparing you for challenging roles. We have a strong commitment to employability and our graduates are successful in obtaining jobs after university, in the public as well as corporate and third sectors. We want to make sure this continues to be the case in the future.

Our award-winning Careers Centre provides excellent careers advice specifically for postgraduate students. Placement opportunities may also be available, and we have a dedicated School Development Officer to help you progress with your career.


Visit the Public Policy MA page on the University of Reading website for more details!

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