Taught course

Public Policy

Queen Mary, University of London · Politics

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum upper-class second (2:1) honours degree or equivalent in Politics or a related discipline, but we do consider applications from non-graduates with experience and ability if they are nominated by their employers. We are happy to advise informally on whether you are likely to be eligible for admission.

If you are employed in the UK and registering as a part-time student, expect to complete your programme over two years, attending one day a week in term time. You should ensure that you allocate sufficient time to cope with the out of class requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Public Policy is the study of how problems are addressed within political institutions. Queen Mary's MSc in Public Policy is unique, focused around current debates in policy-making and public management in both developed and developing countries. Through studying public policy, students gain theoretical and practical insights into policy formation and implementation

It is the oldest Public Policy course in London. It has an international and comparative element, whilst also having a strong focus on political theory and British politics. It is good on development issues, with a strong interest in the comparative analysis of policy for the developing world.

The programme encourages 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. 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, in a developed or developing country, then this programme is for you.

Information for international students

You need to provide evidence of an English language test score or intend to take a test before your studies. IELTS 7 or equivalent is required.

Further nformation about English language entry requirements can be found here.

Fees and funding

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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