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What is public policy? Who is it shaped by? Which institutions are involved? What impact does it have on an economic, social and cultural environment that is increasingly globalised?

This programme investigates the international public policy environment in terms of the global political economy and the impact of business, voluntary sector and public policy agents in the field of multi-level governance. The programme encompasses both a theoretical understanding of the policy process and models of appraisal, with a practical orientation to evaluating research evidence.

As well as considering generic policy concerns, the programme gives you an opportunity to choose from a range of substantive policy issues, such as the economics of public policy, poverty and social exclusion, penal policy, migration, asylum and sustainability. Every unit considers policy in an international and comparative context.

To find out more, take a look at these videos exploring scholarships, international studies and the student perspective.

Programme structure

There are three core units and a choice of optional units. You must also complete a dissertation of between 10,000 and 15,000 words, which normally begins in late April and is submitted by September.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Public Policy.

Careers

Graduates from our MSc in Public Policy frequently work in roles that focus on strategy, policy development and implementation, or policy research. Potential employers include local or central government departments; national or international non-governmental organisations; and international institutions, such as the European Union and the United Nations.


Visit the Public Policy - MSc page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

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