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Public Policy MSc
This MSc aims to educate a new generation of public policy-makers and policy analysts, familiarising them with the necessary concepts, theories, methods and principles involved in the formulation and analysis of public policy. The programme draws on many disciplines, including political science, economics, law, public management and public health.
What will I learn?
Students develop a working knowledge of particular aspects of political science theory relevant to understanding how public policies are formulated. They gain a basic understanding of economic approaches to public policy analysis and of the concepts of economic efficiency and equity as societal objectives.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
UCL Political Science is recognised as a centre of excellence in the field. Britain's only department focused exclusively on graduate teaching and research, it offers a uniquely stimulating environment for the study of public policy.
The interdisciplinary aspect of this programme provides participants with the opportunity to address some of the key issues of contemporary governance after two decades of public sector reform.
Through the involvement of the Medical School, UCL is uniquely well placed to draw together theory and practice in the field of public policy in health, where perhaps the most far-reaching of all public sector reforms has taken place.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (75 credits), optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
All MSc students undertake an individual research project, which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and case studies, and is taught by scholars that have carried out theoretical and empirical research in the field. Students will be assessed by a variety of methods: unseen examinations, long essays, course work and the dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university, a 3.3 GPA or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is suitable for graduates who wish to develop the skills necessary for a career in public policy, or for further academic research in the field. Applicants should ideally have a background in economics, European issues, international relations, law, philosophy, politics, political science or sociology.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Public Policy at graduate level
- why you want to study Public Policy at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging and truly international academic environment
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Graduates go on to a range of destinations both nationally and internationally including:
- Civil servants in departments in central or local government in the UK and overseas
- Policy officers and researchers for UK members of parliament and Members of the European Parliament
- The European Commission
- Other public and private sector organisations in a range of sectors, for example, Universities UK, Transport for London, The Legal Services Commission, Accenture, The Legatum Institute, Serco, Overseas Development Institute, United Nations Development Programme, Deloitte and Touche
- Further research study at UCL or elsewhere
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: