Taught course (will run subject to approval)

International Public Policy

Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Politics and International Relations

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree or overseas equivalent. Mature students with substantial work experience will also be considered

Months of entry


Course content

Our new MSc in International Public Policy is designed as a pathway to employment in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors for those concerned with policy issues that are transnational in nature. The course is designed to provide you with the analytical tools to think critically about pressing challenges in world politics, whilst simultaneously stressing practical, job-relevant skills.

The course is composed of four substantive 'pillars': analytical skills, practical skills, policy studies and research. The analytical skills portion of the course encompasses offerings that will give you the skills required to engage with international and transnational policy challenges. This aspect includes training in methodology to conduct research and the development of analytical frameworks to examine pressing policy issues.

The second aspect focuses on practical skills such as writing, presentations, management and group work. The goal here is provide you with the comprehensive training in practical skills required to excel in your future professions.

The third aspect allows you to focus on specific subject matter of your choosing in more depth. You will select from four areas of expertise: Security, Strategy and Statecraft; Politics and Elections; Media and Public Relations; Comparative Public Policy.

The fourth aspect is the capstone to the previous three in that it combines the analytical methods, practical training and subject matter knowledge into a longer piece of written research that you will research and write on a topic of your choosing. At the end of the course you will be able to present yourself as a Masters-trained expert in your area of specialism.

Courses are taught by established world-class academic staff at Royal Holloway as well as by visiting lecturers drawn directly from the public and private sectors.

Information for international students

English Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 with 7 in writing, TOEFL (iBT) 88 with 26 in writing, or equivalent, for non-native English speaking applicants.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

See https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/feesandfunding/home.aspx

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Michael J Williams