This programme combines courses that examine the policy making process, policy analysis and evaluation and real world public policy challenges, with professional management courses It aims to develop future public sector leaders who understand both the organisational contexts and challenges that face governments, and the processes and politics of policy formation and delivery. We aim to produce graduates who are independent critical thinkers, and able to work in a wide range of organisational contexts and roles.
* MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
* PgDip9 months full-time; 21 months part-time
Career opportunities include working within central or local government, policy advice and development roles, or policy evaluation and assessment. Core management skills equip students for a wide range of roles across the private and public sector.
This programme combines core courses in public policy and management with a range of options, designed to allow you to develop expertise in core public policy fields. It is designed to allow you to study on either a full time or part-time (day release) basis, with courses taught in intensive half-day blocks. It is an inter-disciplinary programme, taught by academics at the cutting edge of their field and uses a broad range of methods, and inputs from external experts, to provide a rich learning experience. Throughout the programme there is an emphasis on acting in the real world, and understanding the complexities of real world problems and solutions.
Teaching takes place over two semesters, followed by an independent research project where you can research an issue of interest to you in more depth.
* Understanding public policy
* Managing strategic change
* Governance and markets
* Project management
* Evaluation, evidence and policy
* Methods of social research
* Managing innovation and creativity.
Optional courses include
* Understanding health policy
* International urban challenges
* Urban theory and research
* Sustainable housing development
* Regenerating cities.
Subject to timetable and agreement with the programme director, you may also choose from the wide range of postgraduate courses available within the School of Social and Political Sciences.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.