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Distance-learning MSc Public Policy

Distance-learning MSc Public Policy at the University of Bath

Rethink public policy from the ground up in this distance learning course. Explore creative approaches for making and influencing policy design and delivery in this specialist MSc Public Policy.

You will explore the political, economic and social dynamics and forces that influence contemporary public policy issues. This will enable you to think creatively about public policy design and delivery, and your role within it.

Highly applied in nature, this course draws on diverse cases from policymaking globally, as well as from Europe and the UK. It examines how data, knowledge and evidence in the digital environment are re-shaping how public policy is analysed, made and practised.

The MSc Public Policy is a two-year, distance learning course with residentials, enabling you to continue working during your degree.

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This course offers you:

  • a part-time course structure enabling you to continue working during your degree
  • highly structured and interactive online content
  • the opportunity to work with academics with international expertise and have links to senior and experienced policymakers from around the world
  • specialist teaching and tools put you in a strong position for moving forward in any policy-facing or policy-shaping role, whether in analysis, strategy or delivery
  • intensive support from leading Bath academics throughout

Course brochure

Download the course brochure to find out more about the MSc Public Policy.

About us

The University of Bath Institute for Policy Research (IPR) undertakes and enables policy-relevant research to make an impact, especially through building links with the worlds of policy and practice as well as by increasing public understanding of policy research through a Public Lecture and Policy Brief series. 

The Department of Social and Policy Sciences (SPS) has a reputation for research and innovative teaching. We focus on international development, social policy and death studies, and offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in sociology, social policy and international development.

The MSc Public Policy is taught by senior academics in the Department as well as by staff from across the University.

Get in touch

You can find out more information about this course and studying at Bath on our website, or email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Distance-learning MSc Public Policy

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