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The Research for Public Policy and Practice MSc equips students to work with the increasing number of national and international organisations committed to evidence-informed policy and practice. Students learn alongside early career and experienced researchers, policymakers and practitioners from a diverse set of policy sectors and disciplines.

See the website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/research-public-policy-practice-msc

Key Information

- Application dates

All applicants:

Open: 19 October 2015

Close: 29 July 2016

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Special. Only the IELTS is accepted. Applicants must obtain an overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading subtest and 6.0 in the writing subtest.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements .

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international .

Degree Information

The programme will enable you to plan and appraise a systematic review of research in any policy area, to develop a critical appreciation of the full diversity of review approaches and types of research use, and equip you with understanding and skills to help ensure perspectives from the public, practitioners, policymakers and researchers are all considered in research and policy development.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits).

- Core Modules

Research Engagement, Participation and Impact

Systematic Reviews for Policy and Practice

- Options

Students select two options from a wide range of UCL Institute of Education Master's modules.

- Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 20,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and Learning

This programme is delivered via online learning or mixed mode (face-to-face daytime workshops with online learning). It is assessed by coursework assignments and a 20,000-word dissertation.


Applicants may be eligible to apply for funding from the Economic and Social Research Council via the Bloomsbury Doctoral Training Centre. The MSc provides Master's-level postgraduate training which can constitute the first year of ESRC 1+3 postgraduate PhD studentships.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships .

- IOE Centenary Masters Scholarships


Eligibility: Overseas students


- IOE Centenary Research Scholarships


Eligibility: EU students


- IOE COLFUTURO Fee Partnership

Value: UCL provides a 50% contribution towards tuition fees. (1 year)

Eligibility: Overseas students

Criteria: Based on academic merit

- IOE Commonwealth Distance Scholars

Value: Fees and some expenses

Eligibility: Overseas students


- IOE CONICyT Fee Partnership

Value: IoE provides a 20% contribution towards tuition fees. (1 year)

Eligibility: Overseas students


- IOE Erasmus Bursary

Value: £350/month (1)

Eligibility: UK, EU, Overseas students


- IOE Fulbright


Eligibility: Overseas students


- IOE International Master's Student Bursaries


Eligibility: Overseas students


- IOE Vietnam International Education Development Scholarships - PGT


Eligibility: Overseas students


- IOE Windle Trust Scholarship


Eligibility: Overseas students


More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships


Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas, for example one is a project director in mobile technology for learning, while another is a social research manager advising national government. Another graduate works as a senior editor of systematic research reviews.

- Employability

Students completing the programme are equipped with enhanced critical thinking skills and, in particular, skills for research design and appraisal, spanning a full range of research purposes and problems.

Why study this degree at UCL?

You will learn from research-active tutors based at the IOE’s EPPI-Centre, which is recognised worldwide for its development of methods for diverse kinds of systematic review, for the production of policy-relevant research, and for research into perspectives and participation. The programme is unique in the way that students study systematic reviews of both qualitative and quantitative data, and a full range of review designs.

The programme can be taken entirely at a distance, or with some face-to-face learning, and so attracts students from across the globe, many of whom are already working for research-focused or policy-making organisations.

Application and next steps

- Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

- Who can apply?

The programme is suited to experienced and recent graduates alike. The programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to pursue, or further, a career in the field of social science research and evidence-informed policy and practice.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

- why you want to study Research for Public Policy and Practice at graduate level

- why you want to study Research for Public Policy and Practice at UCL

- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme

- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme

- where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

For more information see the Applications page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply .

Visit the Research for Public Policy and Practice MSc page on the University College London website for more details!