Taught course

Public Affairs and Lobbying

Brunel University, London · Politics, History and the Brunel Law School

Entry requirements

A UK 2.2 Honours degree in Politics or a cognate discipline. e.g. The Arts, Social Sciences, Law, Business.

Applicants with a 2.2 in other subject areas but with relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis by the Admissions Tutor.

Other applicants that have substantial relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis by the Admissions Tutor.

Applicants will be interviewed either in person or by telephone.


Months of entry


Course content

Public affairs, lobbying and political consultancy are attractive areas for many graduates. Careers in this field are either in dedicated departments within large companies or, more commonly, within specialist consultancy firms.

This MSc programme will provide both academic and practical training to assist you in pursuing a career in these exciting professions.

Designed in conjunction with leading Public Affairs companies, the programme includes an integrated internship with a Public Affairs consultancy in either London or Brussels, which will provide graduates with significant advantages to pursue such a career. The course offers a unique combination of advanced academic knowledge and practical experience that will provide graduates with the opportunity to develop a career in public affairs.

All full-time students are required to undertake an internship of at least three months with a Public Affairs employer. This is usually arranged with help from the Department and takes place in London or Brussels. During the course of the placement, you and your employer will liaise with a dedicated internship tutor to ensure that appropriate progress is being made. At the end of the internship, both you and your employer will submit reports. Outstanding students on this programme have regularly been offered further employment with their placement organisations

Typical modules (subject to change) may include:

  • Parties and Voters in the UK
  • Public Policy and the Challenger of Cultural Diversity
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Marketing Communications
  • International Business Ethics, Governance and Sustainability

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas); Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores); BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas).

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,500 full-time; £4,750 part-time
International students
£15,750 full-time; £7,875 part-time

Please visit our website for further information on funding.

Qualification and course duration


part time
30 months
full time
15 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations33
Written coursework / continuous assessment33
Dissertation34 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Brunel Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1895 265599