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MPA Comparative Applied Social and Public Policy, Evaluation and Research

MPA Comparative Applied Social and Public Policy, Evaluation and Research

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21 months

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Qualification type

MPA - Master of Public Administration

Subject areas

Public Administration Policy Studies International Politics Social Policy / Administration Social Research

Course type


Course Summary

This Masters programme is ideal for mid-career professionals. You'll find the course useful if you work, or intend to work, with policy, either as an adviser, researcher, analyst or consultant.

You'll study a strongly international curriculum that is based around a combination of comparative social and public policy management and advanced research skills training. This course builds directly on our applied policy research expertise, both in the taught modules which draw heavily on our own research and in the practice-relevant activity that provides an opportunity to participate in ongoing policy research projects.

The Department of Social Policy and Social Work has one of the largest concentrations of social policy research in the UK. It is home to two specialist research units: the Social Policy Research Unit and the Centre for Housing Policy.

Assessment and feedback

Your assessment will be continuous and based mainly on essays and reports. You will receive written feedback on all assessed work.

You'll complete a 12,000-word report: exploring a policy issue in a cross-national context. You'll also produce a scoping review of up to 10,000 words which will be linked to your policy interests and the research methods training you'll receive.

Careers and skills

This course is ideal for mid-career professionals that aim to work in, or already work in, social or public policy.

Career opportunities

  • Public policy analyst
  • Researcher
  • Diplomatic Service officer
  • Senior policy advisor
  • Civil servant
  • Local government manager


An independent project around policy transfer and lesson drawing. It involves the application of theory and more practical investigation. The aims of the Project are: to understand the challenges in drawing cross national policy lessons; to explore cross-national variations in policy within a specific policy context; to use evidence and theoretical policy analysis tools to address applied questions relating to specific policy problems.

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Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree: 2:1 or equivalent. Other qualifications and experience: You will also be considered if you have relevant work experience and academic potential.