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Public Policy MA


Course Description

The MA Public Policy is a broad-based programme aimed at enabling students to understand the workings of the policy process in contemporary societies. The programme combines conceptual policy analysis with more practically-oriented courses. There are opportunities to take specialist modules in a wide range of policy areas in addition to a credit-bearing internship.

Key benefits

• A truly interdisciplinary course.
• A wider range of options than any competitor programme.
• Provides specialist pathways constructed through option choices.
• Close links with the worlds of politics and policy.
• Students benefit from hearing visiting speakers from the worlds of politics and government.
• There is a well-developed internship scheme.
• Taught by a range of experts and sector specialists from across the College.
• Located in the heart of London.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/public-policy-ma.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

Our programme is designed around taught core modules on policy process, comparative public policy and a research dissertation. A wide range of option modules are offered, enabling you to specialise and develop in-depth knowledge of such fields as health policy, education policy, security studies, urban and environmental policy, governance and politics or the policy problems of an ageing population. Teaching is by a mixture of lectures, seminars, and group work. You also have the opportunity to engage with visiting speakers and senior figures from the worlds of politics and policy.

- Course purpose -

Our MA Public Policy reflects King's commitment to developing public policy as a discipline. It is designed for if you are a recent graduate hoping to make a career in public policy or a related field or if you are already working in government or NGOs in the UK or abroad. There are no disciplinary prerequisites for entry to the programme.

- Course format and assessment -

Lectures and seminars with opportunities for group work.

Most modules on this programme are assessed by coursework. Typically 20-credit modules will comprise one or two assessments – either one or two essays, a group presentation and/or a written report. This is with the exception of modules run by the Department of Management as the compulsory module 7SSMM401 is assessed by examination. The dissertation module will be assessed by a 1,000-word research proposal (10%) and a 15,000-word dissertation (90%).

Career prospects

Students are employed in a variety of public sector management and policy-oriented positions and there is an active alumni network. Examples of past students’ current occupations include: working in the policy and analysis section of a large London Embassy; health service management positions with responsibility for multi-million pound budgets; policy adviser to the chairman of a major transport organisation; senior analyst in the Ministry of Industry and Trade of a developing country; member of a national legislature; policy development for a large NGO; running a policy website. Students have usually progressed to higher level management positions and overseas students typically return home to new fast-track governmental and public service positions which build on their expertise.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Public Policy MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!



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Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.General entry advice. A relevant UK honours degree of 2:1 standard or overseas equivalent; applicants with degree/professional qualification and at least three years' experience in government or NGO service may also be eligible. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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