This Master's degree in politics, policy and management is ideal if you are working, or seeking a career, in public policy research and implementation. You will gain an advanced understanding of the ideas, interests and institutions that contribute to the making of policy across a wide range of areas, including healthcare, society and social care, migration, the environment, education and macroeconomics. This programme will give you insights into how policy choices are made in comparison to policy developing by default, without clear choices or the establishment of priorities and strategies. Alongside this, you will also consider management in the public sector, analysing the issues involved in making decisions about how public services are managed. You will explore how the different parts of national and local government interact and how the private sector is involved in the implementation of public policy. Overall, you will acquire the essential skills needed for the systematic analysis of government policies and for the professional practice of policy formulation and implementation. The programme is highly topical, considering up-to-the-minute concerns and real-world debates within contemporary UK politics.
The first core module explores how individuals, institutions and interest groups, inside and outside of government, drive, formulate and implement public policy. You will consider case studies of real-world policy issues and the processes by which key decisions are reached and applied. The second core module looks at theories of, and innovations within, public management. You will explore the history of public management and consider how public administration has been revolutionised in the last 20 years. You will be equipped with the conceptual ideas, theoretical approaches and analytical research skills needed to study politics at postgraduate level.
You can then choose 2 option modules from a wide variety of topics including international security, American foreign policy, globalisation, political theory and sociology, nationalism and religion, and war and conflict. You will also learn research methods that will enable you to specialise and undertake the researching and writing of a dissertation on the subject that interests you most.
How to apply
Application deadlines and interviews
Applications from January.
Most applicants will be interviewed and interviews are usually held between March and September.
Public Policy and Management (MSc) (Part-time)
Public Policy and Management (MSc) (Full-time)
You take 2 core modules and 2 option modules (all 30 credits) and write a 60-credit dissertation.
Option modules are normally available in:
- British, US and European government and politics
- International relations, international security and US foreign policy
- Politics of globalisation and international political economy
- Politics, policy and administration of the EU
- Political theory and political sociology
- War, conflict, nationalism, politics and religion
- Comparative public policy
- Research methods.
Year 1 full-time
Year 1 part-time
Year 2 part-time
MSc Public Policy and Management Dissertation
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A good undergraduate degree in a related area, or relevant experience combined with an adequate academic background (subject to interview).
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
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Careers and employability
Graduates can pursue careers in government, policy research, and higher education. Possible professions include charity officer, Civil Service administrator, or policy researcher. This degree can also be useful in becoming a journalist, human resources officer, or public affairs consultant.
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We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.
Teaching and assessment
A mix of lectures and seminars for taught modules, employing a variety of formats.
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