Our Masters course gives you an advanced qualification in research and policy analysis, and is taught by world-leading experts in the field.
Our Masters in Public Policy allows you to develop the conceptual, analytical and practical skills you’ll need to flourish in the world of policymaking. We prepare you for a career in the public sector and vocations that make a contribution to the development or delivery of public policy.
This course is extremely flexible, and you can tailor it to fit your particular interests. Core modules on Policy Theory and Practice are combined with optional modules in Social Research and policy-relevant disciplines. If you want to pursue an interest in other policy-relevant disciplines, you can also combine a focus on policy and research with options in areas such as:
You can also use this degree as a pathway to pursue research to PhD level by taking three modules in Applied Social Research.
As part of the Masters course, you must complete a dissertation. You’ll also have the option to gain practical experience by pursuing a placement with a relevant organisation – allowing you to tailor your research to a policymaker or policy-influencer audience.
Our staff have built up a wide range of connections with organisations in the public, private and third sectors. These can be used not only to pursue your placement-based coursework, but also build your own personal networks.
To gain your Masters degree, you must produce a dissertation of around 12,000 words that applies intellectual rigour to a real-world policy problem. You’ll have the option to pursue a placement with a relevant organisation, enabling you to tailor your research to a policymaker or policy-influencer audience.
If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.
In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 100% of our research impact in Social Policy was rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
The REF 2014 panel also stated that our work in postgraduate research supervision in combination with the nurturing and career development of postgraduate research students was outstanding. All our staff are research active, and all contribute alongside our postgraduate students to a vibrant and inclusive research environment.