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Full time | Mile End | 1 year | 18-SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Public Administration Policy Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This exciting MRes degree provides you with an advanced theoretical and practical understanding of policy processes, and a grounding in research methods up to PhD level. If you wish to develop skills in policy analysis and to further a research career in academia, in the civil service or the private and voluntary sectors, then this programme is designed with your interests in mind.

  • A bespoke approach, where you choose modules according to your own research agenda
  • Study close to the heart of UK politics, with close links to practitioners in London
  • Focus on political theory and British politics whilst also having a strong international and comparative element
  • Investigate development issues, with an interest in the comparative analysis of policy for the developing world
  • Study among an internationally diverse staff and student body


At Queen Mary you will have access to a number of advanced facilities, some of which are designated exclusively to postgraduate students. These include:

  • New £39 million Graduate Centre featuring a 200 seat lecture theatre, purpose-built study spaces, a café and an exclusive rooftop common room
  • Mile End Institute, a major policy centre based at Queen Mary which brings together policymakers, academics and local communities to address national political challenges - the institute holds a number of exciting and engaging events throughout the year that are open to students
  • State-of-the-art media suite with editing software (QUBE)
  • Access to some of London’s outstanding facilities including the British Library, Senate House Library and Copac

Career paths

A postgraduate qualification from the School of Politics and International Relations offers a competitive advantage to entry into a number of professions. In addition, this MRes programme will provide you with advanced skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods which could help you work towards an MPhil or PhD.
During your studies you'll have access to support at every stage in your degree, including one-to-one academic guidance, tailored workshops, and external guest speakers on topics such as careers in public affairs and working in parliament.
Public Policy graduates have progressed to work for:

  • Department for Education
  • local councils
  • Institute of Engineering.


This module will provide a structured introduction to key issues and concepts in policy analysis. The module will give students a solid grounding in theories of the policy-making process while enabling students to apply those insights to practical case-studies of policy formulation and implementation in the real world. The module will also provide students with background on the key traditions and approaches to public administration and policy-making in countries around the world, both developing and developed countries. Issues to be covered on the module will include the nature of public policies; the policy context: institutions and actors; theoretical approaches to the policy process; policy problems and agenda-setting; decision-making; implementation/new public management; evaluation; governance; public policy beyond the nation-state; policy change and policy convergence; future challenges for policy-makers.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Students need to have a 2:1 or above at undergraduate level in Politics or a related discipline.