This course provides rigorous training in the analytical frameworks and methods required in the study of public policy.
It’s ideal for those wanting professional skills to become a policy practitioner, analyst or to proceed to a PhD.
You’ll explore the various methodological tools and their connections to real world problems facing governments and related organisations. You’ll learn a range of key skills:
Analytical & Critical Thinking
Report Writing & Presentation
You can study this course full-time over 12 months or part-time over 24 months.
The MSc in Public Policy is organised into core and optional classes. The core classes provide an introduction to the theory and practice of public policy, as well as a range of skills and methodologies to design, conduct and report on social research.
Established in 2010, the School of Government & Public Policy has three research centres:
The MSc in Public Policy comprises of core and optional classes and a dissertation. The core classes provide an introduction to the theory and practice of public policy, as well as a range of skills and methodologies relevant to designing, conducting and reporting on social research.
All classes are taught in small-group seminars. You’ll receive considerable time and attention from our staff in the seminars and individual supervision sessions.
If you’re studying part-time you’ll attend classes across two academic years. You’ll work on a dissertation over 10 months.
Classes average 20 contact hours, with additional computer laboratory sessions for some methods classes. Part-time students attend classes across two academic years. They then work on their dissertation over the course of 10 months.
You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods including essays, options papers and group projects. These account for two thirds of the total assessment. Your dissertation accounts for one third of the total assessment.
Where are they now?
Examples of organisations our graduates work for include:
Centre for African Family Studies
Centre for Scottish Public Policy
Confederation of Passenger Transport
German Red Cross
Hall Aitken Associates
Health and Social Care Alliance
Invicta Public Affairs
Ministry of Finance Iceland
National Centre for Social Research
Santander Bank UK
Scottish Council for Development and Industry
Scottish Refugee Council
The Improvement Service
The Scottish Parliament
United Nations Development Programme
West and Central Voluntary Network
Public Policy MSc
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