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MA Public Policy and Practice

Course Description

The role of public policy is crucial in determining national welfare. Shifts in international relations, the global financial crisis, increasing expectations from citizens, changing domestic socio-economic context, and ideological imperatives are all affecting how policy is formulated and delivered in advanced economies.

At the same time, developing and rapidly growing economies are under increasing public pressure to ensure that economic growth leads to social opportunities and improved access to education, health and other public services.

This programme will develop critical perspectives on policy making and practice in different political and institutional contexts, focusing on both advanced and developing nations. The programme will emphasise the theories of policy analysis and will introduce students to policy making processes of negotiations and bargaining; struggles between nationality and politics; and the tensions between different policy approaches. Policy action and implementation involves a formal, sequential process of delivery. The programme will establish the principles of policy action and highlight the relationship between policy and practice. This approach enables students to develop skills that allow them to relate theory to practice in a way that provides more informed solutions to problems and opportunities in their workplace.

The aims of the programme are:

To provide students with an opportunity to gain systematic and in-depth knowledge in policy studies, to become aware of and understand current practices and to have knowledge of current scholarship
To inform students of the current issues and debates in policy studies and raise their critical awareness of the developments in the discipline
To advance students knowledge of synergies and complex relationships between politics and the policy agenda, between changing social, economic and political contexts and between policy formulation and practice
To provide students with the opportunity to explore complex policy issues systematically and creatively so that they can make informed judgements at their workplace.

Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or an equivalent rating in another language testing system.


A range of assessment methods will be used, including coursework, class presentations and a dissertation.

Career options

The career paths open to graduates of this programme include working in the public sector (local and national government), international and European institutions, and national and international Non-Government Organisations. It will also be valuable for those already employed in these sectors who wish to enhance their progression opportunities.

Visit the MA Public Policy and Practice page on the University of Greenwich website for more details!

Student Profiles

Fast Forward Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Our Fast Forward Master's Scholarship will provide £5000 support which can be taken either as a discount from the normal fee or a cash bursary.Up to 80 scholarships will be available across the university.Criteria and who can apply?- Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.- Available for part time programmes. Part time fees will be split across the first two years of study.- Students will need to have a declared household income of £40,000 or less, and will be asked to demonstrate this by providing certain information as requested by the university.- Students funded by Student Finance England (SFE) will need to ensure that SFE have "consent to share" their household income assessment with the university.- Students who receive funding from Student Finance Services European Team, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland will be asked to by the University to provide documents from their funding provider to verify their household income.- Fees will be subject to a 5% prompt payment discount if paid in full by the end of September 2016. Other fee waivers (for example the Alumni and First Class Honours waivers) will not be payable in addition to Fast Forward Master's Scholarships.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.

Application Procedure

Before applying for this scheme you must first make an application for an eligible University of Greenwich Master's programme.Applications for Fast Forward Master's Scholarships will be addressed to check whether:- They meet the eligibility tests as summarised above and as set out more fully in the self-check eligibility test (see below)- They are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree.Those applications which pass this assessment will result in scholarship offers, on a first come/ first serve basis. These offers will be conditional on the achievement of a first or upper second class degree.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants should have:An undergraduate degree classification of 2.1 or above in a relevant discipline (in exceptional circumstances a 2.2 may be considered)OR a postgraduate diploma or alternative professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a good honours degree in a related areaOR professional experience, research in a professional capacity or publication in journals or presentation at conferences/seminarsOR other qualifications and/or experience that demonstrate that a candidate possesses knowledge and skills commensurate with the standard of a good honours degree.

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