Throughout the two-year programme students will develop key policy skills through an immersion in public and international affairs and will benefit from access to the expert faculty, careers support, internship resources and alumni networks of both prestigious institutions.
The array of courses and perspectives, as well as the immersion in problems with international and global reach, powerfully combines the expertise of these two institutions and prepares graduates to engage with complex policy issues in national and global policy making.
The double degree draws on the unique academic strengths of each institution to equip students with key skills in political science, economics, quantitative analysis and an understanding of the philosophical principles underlying good public policy. The second-year adds an international affairs dimension with in-depth study of the global system and its stakeholders, innovation policy, global justice, development, markets, and security.
In addition, students will also benefit from a professional skills programme which will equip them to engage and lead in the rapidly changing policy environment that shape our societies and give them a head start over other graduates in seeking post-study employment in the private, public or international sectors.
The professional skills package includes:
- A dedicated ‘professional skills programme’ which runs across the two years
- A funded internship scheme during the ‘middle summer’ between the first and second year (under the governance of the University of Toronto).
- Completion of a capstone project during the second year, where students will work with an employer organisation on a real-life policy challenge.
- Ability to apply for a Canadian work visa valid for up to two years after their graduation date.