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MSc Public Policy and Administration

About the MSc programmes

This programme is based in the Department of Government and offers the following benefits:

  • one of the highest ESRC ratings for Political Science MSc programmes.
  • teaching by world renowned major figures in public administration, public policy and political science.

We will consider applicants with good first degrees in any discipline, with a considered interest in the area covered by the MSc.

Programme details

By taking appropriate combinations of courses students can obtain the MSc with a specialised stream in Comparative Public Policy and Administration or Public Management. Students can choose one specialisation to be noted on their degree certificates.

Compulsory Courses

(* half unit)

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one full unit from a range of public management and comparative public policy and administration options. 

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

This programme is good preparation for further research work or for a career in education, public administration or the private sector.


Application codes: M1T3 (check availability)

Start date: 24 September 2015

Duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time

Intake/applications in 2013: 36/344

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 or equivalent in any discipline (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: £18,600

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions