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UCL is a global university, ranked among the top ten in the world and its School of Public Policy is recognised as a centre for excellence in the field. Founded in 1997, the School is alone in the UK in being focused on Graduate teaching and research. It offers a uniquely stimulating environment for the study of all fields of politics, including international relations, political theory, human rights and public policy-making and administration.
The School of Public Policy acts as the bridge between UCL’s world-class research and the policy-making community in Britain and internationally.
•To influence public policy through high quality academic research
•To educate current and future policy-makers through a comprehensive teaching programme
•To promote understanding of public policy-making and current public policy issues through a range of publications and seminars
Our Masters programmes form an integral part of all three aims, with students benefitting from outstanding research-led teaching which has direct policy applications. Students meet with leading academics and practitioners from across the world. Both the academic staff and the student body is highly international and come from a variety of disciplinary and policy backgrounds. Some students and staff have remained and plan to remain in higher education, others have spent time working in different public or private organizations, either domestic or international, and wish either to return to the world of political practice or to continue in academia. As a result of their experience at the School, students become part of a global network of high-flying academics and policy-makers and pursue a wide range of careers.
Located in the magnificent Rubin Building in one of London’s most beautiful squares, we are entirely geared towards the needs of postgraduate students. We have dedicated computing and teaching facilities for Master’s and PhD students, and a supportive team of administrative staff. Despite having one of the largest politics graduate programmes in the UK, we pride ourselves on offering teaching in small groups by our world class team of academics. Weekly seminars featuring distinguished external speakers form a key part of our teaching programme. The School also holds regular high profile events for policy-makers and others which students may attend.
With a core of 14 political science staff, the School of Public Policy has an impressive research portfolio and teaching programme. The School also collaborates with other sources of expertise in political science across UCL within the Bentham Project; the Centre for European Studies, the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies and the Department of Philosophy, as well as other centres of excellence, particularly the Departments of Economics, Laws and Geography and the Medical School. As a consequence, the School can offer a range of multidisciplinary postgraduate programmes led by those at the cutting-edge of research in their individual area of expertise.
All our Masters are recognised by either the British Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) or the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and involve a rigorous training in relevant research methods. While each Master’s programme has specially designed core components, there is a range of optional components open to all students. The School provides its students with an education of the highest level, equipping them for further graduate research or policy-related careers.
The School achieves this objective by:
•complementing the core curricula with appropriate training in the key associated disciplines of economics, law and philosophy
•providing all students with an intellectually stimulating and friendly environment in which to study and learn
•helping students to develop their knowledge, critical and analytical skills
•enhancing students’ communication and decision-making skills.
Current research and teaching areas include:
Public Policy: Business-government relations, including regulatory regimes in Europe, including the EU, and the USA; formal models of executive and bureaucratic politics; and public ethics.
International Relations: International peace and security; terrorism, globalisation and global governance and ethics; international migration; international finance and the political economy of development.
Human Rights: Human rights and non-state Actors; corporate responsibility for human rights violations; human rights and principles of adjudication and interpretation in international legal bodies; judicial authority and human rights; democracy, religion and human rights standards; new international institutions, trade and human rights; global poverty and human rights.
Political Theory: The history of modern political thought – particularly nationalism, liberalism and republicanism; multiculturalism, toleration, and citizenship; democracy and constitutionalism within and beyond the nation state, professional and public ethics; global justice.
Comparative Politics and Government: Democratisation and democracy promotion, the politics of ethnicity, campaigns and elections.
EU Politics and Public Policy: Decision-making and relations among EU institutions, regulation and delegation, constitutionalisation, lobbying by business and corporate governance, citizenship and democracy.
British Politics: Constitutional and parliamentary reform, devolution, freedom of information and electoral participation; alternative electoral systems, especially within the School’s Constitution Unit.
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This MSc focuses on the design, creation, and operation of democratic institutions. Read more
The EU is a major influence on public policy across all its member states and in global politics more broadly. It also remains a central issue within UK politics and policy-making following the Brexit decision in June 2016. Read more
The economic, social and political benefits of good governance are high on the agenda of many world organisations. This MSc combines normative and empirical approaches to international justice, organisations and processes, and applies them to the analysis of global political institutions and policies. Read more
UCL's Department of Political Science and NYU Wagner have created a unique partnership to offer the first truly joint degree designed for international civil servants. Read more
The Human Rights MA develops the skills and theoretical tools needed to carry out human rights research. It provides an understanding of the foundations, nature, limits and implementation of human rights. Read more
The International Public Policy MSc at UCL provides students with a detailed and systematic understanding of how political institutions, processes and public policies operate in world affairs. Read more
This MA provides students with key analytical skills to study the ethical dimensions of public policy. The programme, drawing on three areas of excellence at UCL, is a unique mix of politics, law and philosophy, centred on the normative evaluation of public policy at both the domestic and international levels. Read more
The MPA programme in the Department of Political Science offers an applied, problem-based approach, blending new theoretical developments and practice, with a view to managing public policies domestically and overseas. Read more
This MSc aims to educate a new generation of public policymakers and policy analysts, familiarising them with the necessary concepts, theories, methods and principles involved in the formulation and analysis of public policy. Read more
Contemporary security research and policy-making focus heavily on the causes and consequences of violent and non-violent political conflict. Read more