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Policy Studies (MSc)


Course Description

Programme description

The MSc Policy Studies focuses on analysing the activities of government, especially those policies relating to the welfare state.

You’ll develop an advanced understanding of political, economic and social contexts of policy-making, and be trained in the skills needed to analyse and research policy decisions and outcomes.

The programme is popular internationally, and you’ll study in a setting where students from various backgrounds learn from the policy experience of their own and each other’s nations.

As a recently devolved polity, Scotland is an exciting place to observe contemporary developments in government, and Edinburgh hosts democratic institutions that will inform your studies.

Programme structure

The programme will be delivered through lectures, seminars, group work and guided independent study.

You will complete two compulsory courses and four option courses then work towards an independently researched dissertation.

Learning outcomes

Graduates will have:

a sound knowledge of theories, principles and political and economic contexts of policy-making
the ability to use different quantitative and qualitative research techniques
a detailed understanding of substantive areas of social and public policy

Career opportunities

For anyone who intends to work in policy-relevant professions, this degree provides a recognised qualification that can lead to an enhanced range of employment opportunities and further study.

Past students have gone on to employment in the Scottish Government, social research, housing associations, local government, and in other public and private sector bodies, both locally and internationally.

You will develop a range of highly transferable skills, such as communication and project management, which can be applied to roles in any field.

Visit the Policy Studies (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 undergraduate degree or its international equivalent.

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