This programme offers an excellent preparation for further research work or for a career in the public sector, policy analysis and consultancy, international organisations, third sector organisations and the private sector. It is based in the Department of Government and offers high-quality teaching by leading scholars in public administration, public management, public policy and political science.
We will consider applicants with an upper second class honours degree in any discipline, with a considered interest in the area covered by the MSc.
By taking appropriate combinations of courses students can obtain the MSc with a specialised stream in Comparative Public Policy and Administration or Public Management. Students can choose one specialisation to be noted on their degree certificates.
(* half unit)
Approaches and Issues in Public Policy and Administration examines major issues in understanding public administration and policy. Either Public Management Theory and Doctrine* looks at the key areas of public management with reference to both developed and lesser developed world contexts or Comparative Public Policy Change* examines explanations of policy change using cross-national comparison or The Politics of Policy Advice* looks at how policy advice is commissioned, produced, managed and used. Either Introduction to Quantitative Analysis* covers the foundations of descriptive statistics and statistical estimation and inference or Applied Regression Analysis* is concerned with deepening students' understanding of the generalised linear model and its application to social science data. Dissertation. Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one full unit from a range of public management and comparative public policy and administration options
Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.
Our graduates follow careers in a broad variety of fields including education, public policy research, advice and consultancy as well as government and the media. They have gone on to occupy senior positions in a range of organisations including the Financial Times, the National Audit Office, Morgan Stanley, the World Bank, leading universities and research institutes worldwide as well as the national, regional and local civil services of many countries.