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Full time | University of Reading | 12 months | 25-SEP-23

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Full time


12 months

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Public Administration Policy Studies Economic Policy

Course type


Course Summary

Gain the tools to understand and assess public policy with our MA Public Policy degree.

Domestic and international public policy decisions affect all areas of our lives, including:

  • health
  • welfare
  • housing
  • education
  • security
  • international development
  • energy
  • climate change

On this interdisciplinary course, you will use traditional and modern insights from both economics and politics to develop the essential skills needed in policy making and policy administration.

You will work with experts from the School of Politics, Economics and International Relations. Our academics are specialists in their fields and bring the results of their own cutting-edge research to the programme. For example, many of our economists conduct applied research that influences economic policy formation at the local, national and international levels, while other academics are commissioned by the government and international agencies to produce policy solutions – and this work directly informs what you’ll study.

You will gain exposure to policy makers, with many classes led by analysts from the UK government. We also run seminars that feature politicians and government officials.


Careers for MA Public Policy graduates

This programme is designed for people who want to work in public service or non-governmental organisations (NGOs), including international agencies. It is particularly relevant for people who wish to pursue a career in the international sphere of public service, or with the domestic or foreign service of their home state.

Our graduates pursue careers in a wide range of areas in government, civil service, business, research, journalism, and teaching. A number also go on to further postgraduate studies at PhD level.


Examine the key micro-economic and macro-economic tools used to analyse and evaluate public policies. You will apply threshold concepts and tools to a range of public policy problems, and during seminars you will apply critical analysis to current public policy issues.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

You need a good undergraduate honours degree (2.1 or above), or equivalent from a university outside the UK. All of our programmes are appropriate for students from any disciplinary background, although a degree in politics, economics, international relations or a related field is preferred. Relevant work experience may also be taken into account.