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MSc Public Policy and Administration

About the MSc programmes

This programme offers an excellent preparation for further research work or for a career in the public sector, policy analysis and consultancy, international organisations, third sector organisations and the private sector. It is based in the Department of Government and offers high-quality teaching by leading scholars in public administration, public management, public policy and political science.

We will consider applicants with an upper second class honours degree 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.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Public Policy and Administration in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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Graduate destinations

Our graduates follow careers in a broad variety of fields including education, public policy research, advice and consultancy as well as government and the media. They have gone on to occupy senior positions in a range of organisations including the Financial Times, the National Audit Office, Morgan Stanley, the World Bank, leading universities and research institutes worldwide as well as the national, regional and local civil services of many countries.


Application codes: M1T3 (check availability)

Start date: 22 September 2016

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

Intake/applications in 2014: 41/417

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: £19,344

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

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions