Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Politics & Government (30)

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The Public Policy MSc is a comprehensive programme that explores the theories and practical aspects of policy making. Delve into the factors that shape government decisions and their impact on society and the economy. This interdisciplinary course draws insights from politics, social policy, sociology, and economics, giving you a well-rounded understanding of public policy. Taught by experts in the field, you'll have the opportunity to choose from a range of optional modules to tailor your learning experience. Develop key skills in policy analysis and evaluation, and gain transferable skills like communication and project management. Graduates go on to exciting careers in research, government, and the private sector. Check our website for specific entry requirements.

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Programme description

The MSc Public Policy covers both the theories and approaches to understanding and engaging with policy work, as well as applying these theories and approaches to policy making in a practice-oriented way through case study learning.

What are the factors that shape the policy decisions taken by governments at supranational, national and local levels? How do these decisions interact with and impact society and the economy?

Answering such questions effectively requires an interdisciplinary understanding of the field of public policy, drawing insights from politics, social policy, sociology and economics.

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Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on our website. You will also need to meet the University’s language requirements.


Tuition fees vary between degree programmes. Find the specific fees for your chosen programme on our website.

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