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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Public Administration Policy Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Public Policy is the study of how problems are addressed within political institutions. Through studying public policy, you will gain theoretical and practical insights into policy formation and implementation. Students take taught courses which allow them to explore the development, implementation and evaluation of a wide range of policies. By the end of the programme you will have a strong grasp of the theoretical tools and empirical evidence necessary for an in-depth understanding of the policymaking process. Recent developments in the UK, including the Big Society plan to deliver public services through the Third Sector, make this course especially timely and relevant.

The programme will: 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; Encourage a bespoke approach, where you design the content around your own research agenda, and apply what you learn to the policy fields in which you have an interest.

Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at QMUL. Assessment is by coursework only and this is usually in the form of research essays. The course convener offers guidance and support on research and writing of assessments.

Different course options

Full time | Mile End | 1 year | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module includes 12,000 words.

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 minimum of an upper-second class honours degree in Politics or a related discipline.

University information

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of Universities in the UK. It has over 21,000 students, which comprises of around 5,000 postgraduate students. The university’s history goes back to the nineteenth century, when it was originally four different colleges which have merged over the years. It is divided into three faculties: Humanities and Social Sciences Science and...more