Taught course

Public Policy

Queen Mary, University of London · Politics

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper-second class honours degree in Politics or a related discipline. Students should also have IELTS 7 (including 6.5 in the writing component), if your first language is not English.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. You can find details on our English language entry requirements here: www.qmul.ac.uk/international/languagerequirements

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

The Admissions Office can be contacted here: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/enquiries/index.html

Months of entry


Course content

  • What is the appropriate relationship between the public and private sectors?
  • How are policy decisions made and implemented?
  • How can public policy deal with issues of cultural diversity and value conflict?

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.

If you want to help shape the future policy agenda, then this programme is for you. The programme will:

  • Focus on political theory 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.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
Please consult the individual pages on our website.
International students
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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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