Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Recent developments in the UK, including Big Society, plan to deliver public services through the Third Sector, have had a major impact on how people view public policy. This course is tailored to reflect the current political landscape, both domestic and international, meaning you get to delve into a wide gamut of topics, from european politics to political theory, to global security and development.

At base level, you will study how problems are addressed within political institutions. You will gain theoretical and practical insights into policy formation and implementation and most importantly, explore the development, implementation and evaluation of a wide range of policies.

You will be taught by a diverse set of 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 modules
  • Two optional modules
  • 12,000-word dissertation

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

Course contact details

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