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MSc International Public Policy


About this programme

The MSc in International Public Policy at UCL provides students with a detailed and systematic understanding of how political institutions, processes and public policies operate in world affairs.

The programme brings together the academic study of International Relations with analysis of public policy formulation and governance beyond the nation-state.

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Programme introduction

The MSc in International Public Policy at UCL provides students with a detailed and systematic understanding of how political institutions, processes and public policies operate in world affairs. The programme brings together the academic study of International Relations with analysis of public policy formulation and governance beyond the nation-state. The programme equips students with the theoretical tools and empirical evidence necessary for an in-depth understanding of policy-making within the general theories of International Relations, political science, public policy and comparative politics. Most students use the MSc as the foundation for, or a year out from, a career in international politics or policy-making.

The MSc in International Public Policy was the first masters of its type in the UK and continues to grow based on its success. The MSc remains one of the very few programmes of its type. The programme is not an MPA – the emphasis is on intellectually rigorous and academic analysis of global politics and policy. It introduces students to skills essential for the analytical study of world politics and for the development of a normative assessment of the main issues currently facing international policy-makers.

Courses

In addition to the strong core training in international relations and research skills, the programme offers a wide-range of elective courses which students can choose from; these cover international political economy and development, international security and terrorism, foreign policy, international law, comparative politics, as well as human rights, political and normative theory.

High-quality and innovative teaching

Over the year, students on the programme get to know each other and their lecturers well. We are committed to high-quality and innovative teaching. For example, the programme contains a policy simulation and a series of talks with leading practitioners and policy-makers. Plus, London features an enormous range of seminars, conferences, and other events on issues related to the programme. These provide a means for students to expand their knowledge and to extend their professional networks.

In short, the programme offers a chance to study with leading experts in their fields, at a university which is ranked second in Europe and fourth in the world (THES World University Rankings 2009) , in one of the world’s great cities, London.