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Distance without attendance


2 years

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Public Administration Policy Studies Social Policy / Administration

Course type


Course Summary

Rethink public policy from the ground-up and explore creative approaches to contemporary public policy strategy, design and delivery.

Specifically designed for working professionals, this course combines online and intensive residential teaching.

This specialist MSc in Public Policy offers in-depth study of how public policy is made, what shapes it and how public policy professionals can make a difference in diverse contexts.

On the course, you will:

  • investigate the political, economic and social dynamics that affect contemporary public policy
  • examine how data and evidence in the digital environment are re-shaping how public policy is analysed, made and practised
  • learn how to combine theory and practice to advance creative approaches for policy design and delivery
  • develop your own policy specialism with the option to undertake work-related projects as part of your studies

You will leave the course with:

  • advanced understanding of the concepts and tools used in public policymaking today, their application and limitations
  • deeper knowledge of the contexts and constraints within which public policy is made
  • confidence to apply creatively different policymaking tools, identifying new ways to achieve public policy goals

Graduate prospects

The specialist teaching you will receive and advanced skills you will acquire could put you in a strong position for moving forward in any policy-facing or policy-shaping role, whether in analysis, strategy or delivery.

You will be equipped to pursue or advance your career as (indicatively):

  • a national civil servant in a policy role
  • government affairs official
  • think tank researcher
  • parliamentary advisor
  • policy advisor
  • policy advocate in a large INGO or advocacy organisation
  • regional or local government strategy
  • public service policy or strategy
  • private sector providing contracted public sector services


This unit is oriented to students with no necessary previous economics training and offers: Introduction to key concepts used in the economic analysis of public policy. Review and interpretation of the key approaches and tools typically used in the economic analysis of public policy. Wide-ranging review and in-depth analysis of key economic issues in transnational and national government spheres that shape public policy, applied to specific areas of contemporary public policy.

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Entry requirements

You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above. To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as politics, political economy, human or political geography, sociology, economics, international relations, security or area studies.

University information

The University of Bath is one of the UK’s most prestigious institutions, ranking top 10 in the Complete University Guide 2023. The university is known for excellence in teaching and research, a welcoming community, and for providing students with outstanding preparation for the workplace. Bath fosters an inclusive and supportive learning community, comprised of students from all over the world. There are more than 145 countries represented in...more