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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Public Administration Policy Studies

Course type


Course Summary

What is the appropriate relationship between the public and private sectors? How can public policy deal with issues of cultural diversity and value conflict? Sharpen your critical and analytical skills as you unpick some of the biggest questions in global policy today. The Public Policy MSc at Queen Mary gives you the opportunity to explore, debate and exchange ideas on prevalent issues affecting society as we know it.

  • A bespoke approach, where you design the content around your own research agenda
  • Close to the heart of UK politics, the School enjoys 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 a strong interest in the comparative analysis of policy for the developing world
  • Flexible programme - tailor the course to your career trajectory by performing independent research on any topic of your choice


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

  • Mile End Institute, a major policy centre based at Queen Mary which brings together policymakers, academics and local communities to address national political challenges
  • state-of-the-art media suite with editing software (QUBE)
  • brand new Graduate Centre, offering purpose-built study spaces and an exclusive rooftop common room
  • Think Pod - an interactive collaboration space with presentation, recording and video conferencing facilities
  • access to some of London’s outstanding facilities including The British Library, Senate House Library and Copac.

Career paths

A masters from the School of Politics and International Relations offers a competitive advantage to entry into a number of professions.

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
  • The Institute of Engineering

Different course options

Full time | Mile End | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The Masters' Dissertation is an independent programme of study of an approved topic within the field of Politics completed over the summer months (May-August) of your degree programme. It is a compulsory element of your degree amounting to sixty credits (providing one-third of the credits for your degree). It is designed to enable students to undertake independent research and, through this, allow them to develop a specialised knowledge in an area of the Politics discipline which is of particular interest to them. Thus, it may draw upon, and develop an existing topic or issue associated with a module that they have studied in the earlier part of their programme, or emerge out of a student's specific research interest in an area not covered by other module modules. Although the dissertation is meant to be an exercise in independent research and writing, each student will be offered guidance and support through the assigning of a supervisor within the department who will oversee the progress of the dissertation.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

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