Entry requirements


Degree requirements

A 2:1 or above at undergraduate level in Politics or a related discipline.

Other routes

Candidates that do not currently meet the set entry requirements may also have the option to study the Graduate Diploma in Humanities and Social Sciences. Meeting the required grades on completion of this programme will provide a pathway to study MSc International Public Policy.

Find out more about how to apply for our postgraduate taught courses.

Months of entry


Course content

How does the policy making process work at the international level? Why are some global problems, such as poverty, so difficult to solve? How might states, international organisations, NGOs and the private sector better cooperate to solve global problems? Ask the hard questions and unearth the complex answers in this engaging masters programme.

What you'll study

What is the appropriate relationship between the public and private sectors? How can public policy deal with issues of cultural diversity and value conflict? Challenge the policies that affect real people in this innovative and flexible programme. This course is tailored to reflect the current political landscape, both domestic and international, so that you are able to delve into a wide range of captivating, relevant topics such as HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa and the rise of populism in Europe.

Throughout the course you’ll debate the historical significance of globalisation in lively group discussions and explore its relation to a number of key issues such as european politics, international relations, political theory and global security and development.

You will be taught by academics at the cutting-edge of their fields. Our faculty members have internationally-recognised research strengths in the politics of the developing world and critical theory, as well as regional expertise in South America, South East Asia and the Middle East.

The academics who are involved in the Mile End Institute and the Centre for European Research continue to conduct research on constantly changing policy issues and organise free events throughout the year - giving you front-row access to groundbreaking research in action.


  • Two compulsory taught modules
  • Two elective taught modules
  • 12,000-word dissertation
Programme changes for 2020

At Queen Mary, we have been adapting to the challenges of Covid-19 so we are ready for the new academic year, with all the academic, pastoral and community support you need to settle in and thrive. For your chosen programme of study, the result is an innovative blended learning offering, giving you access to a world-class education whether or not you can join us on campus from September. For more information, please visit our dedicated FAQ pages.

Please note that the modules listed below are for students starting the programme in September 2020.

Coronavirus FAQs

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Advice and guidance for applicants

Guidance for applicants

Compulsory/Core modules

Evaluation and Delivery in Public Policy
International Public Policy: Concepts and Practice
Theories and Concepts in Public Policy

Elective modules

Globalisation and the International Political Economy of Development
International Migration Policy
Evaluation and Delivery in Public Policy
International Relations of the Middle East


  • Modules are assessed through a combination of coursework
  • You will also be assessed through an individual dissertation


The final dissertation is your chance to conduct in-depth and independent research on a topic that is of direct interest to you and your career goals. Past dissertation topics include:

  • The Smoking Ban: implementation and evaluation in a local area of London
  • The “Presidentialization” of British politics and its impact upon policy making
  • How is social media changing policy making circles?
  • Are integration policies failing Somali communities in Britain?

The school annually awards the Marc Lane-Martine prize for best masters dissertation in Public Policy.

Information for international students

English language requirements

If you got your degree in an English speaking country or if it was taught in English, and you studied within the last five years, you might not need an English language qualification - find out more.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa.

Fees and funding


There are a number of ways you can fund your postgraduate degree.

Our Advice and Counselling service offers specialist support on financial issues, which you can access as soon as you apply for a place at Queen Mary. Before you apply, you can access our funding guides and advice on managing your money:

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Politics and International Relations
+44 (0)20 7882 8587