International Public Policy MSc
The International Public Policy MSc 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.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £10,450
- UK/EU Part-time: £5,400
- Overseas Full-time: £16,750
- Overseas Part-time: £8,500
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
Students are equipped 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. They develop analytical skills for the study of world politics and the assessment of issues currently facing international policy-makers.
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 International Public Policy.
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 extend their professional networks.
The research preparation and tailor-made interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary training students receive is one of the highest available in the world, in one of the world's top universities, as reflected in UCL's performance in a range of rankings and tables.
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 independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars, and includes a policy simulation and a series of talks with leading practitioners and policy-makers. Assessment is through a variety of methods, including unseen examination, long essays and the dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Scholarships available for this department
Selection based solely on financial need.
For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme . Selection based solely on financial need.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Advanced
How to apply
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.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
Who can apply?
Most students use the MSc as the foundation for, or a year out from, a career in international politics or policy-making. 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 International Public Policy at graduate level
- why you want to study International 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
Graduate destinations both nationally and internationally include:
- 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 (for example through internships)
- Public and private sector organisations such as: Universities UK, Transport for London, The Legal Services Commission, Accenture, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Overseas Development Institute, United Nations Development Programme, Deloitte and Touche
- Further research study at UCL or other universities in the UK or overseas
Top career destinations for this programme
- London Chamber of Commerce, Business Advice Executive, 2010
- European Free Trade Association, Trainee of Secretary General, 2010
- Edelman - The Centre in Public Affairs, Accounts Executive, 2010
- Ministry of Foreign Service, Diplomat - Third Secretary, 2011
- Institute of Inter-Cultural Management, Internship, 2011
Students are prepared for a number of potential careers ranging from additional academic work to employment in both the public and private sector. Previous students have secured employment in government agencies in the UK and abroad. A large number of students also find work in the financial sector, including investment banking and consulting. The success of previous students is attributable to the rigorous methods training povided, as well as the diversity of the courses offered.
"I chose to apply for graduate study at UCL because the programme was extremely attractive, the supervisors that I was going to work with were great, and because the environment at my department fosters healthy competition and self-development."
"I was able to develop my research interests into a more focussed package, which then helped me enormously when drafting my PhD research proposals."
PhD Candidate, UCL School of Public Policy, 2011