Taught course

Public Policy & Management

University of Glasgow · College of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject. Good candidates from other disciplines are also considered. Candidates with extensive relevant professional experience, but with a lower degree, may also apply and will be considered on an individual basis. International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of foundation courses. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

This programme combines courses that examine the policy making process, policy analysis and evaluation and real world public policy challenges, with professional management courses It aims to develop future public sector leaders who understand both the organisational contexts and challenges that face governments.

Why Glasgow

  • Glasgow is an inspiring place to study problems of public and urban policy, both as a laboratory of many profound challenges, and providing many examples of leading and innovative approaches to tackling such issues.
  • You will benefit from professional management courses, delivered by the Adam Smith Business School, providing an insight into practical challenges facing all successful organisations.
  • The programme involves expert contributions from those working in a range of policy fields and field trips to study policy initiatives on the ground.

Programme Structure

This programme combines core courses in public policy and management with a range of options, designed to allow you to develop expertise in core public policy fields. It is designed to allow you to study on either a full time or part-time (day release) basis, with courses taught in intensive half-day blocks. It is an inter-disciplinary programme, taught by academics at the cutting edge of their field and uses a broad range of methods, and inputs from external experts, to provide a rich learning experience.

Throughout the programme there is an emphasis on acting in the real world, and understanding the complexities of real world problems and solutions.

Teaching takes place over two semesters, followed by an independent research project where you can research an issue of interest to you in more depth.

Core courses

  • Understanding public policy
  • Managing strategic change
  • Governance and markets
  • Project management
  • Evaluation, evidence and policy
  • Methods of social research
  • Managing innovation and creativity.

Optional courses include

  • Understanding health policy
  • International urban challenges
  • Urban theory and research
  • Sustainable housing development
  • Regenerating cities.

Subject to timetable and agreement with the programme director, you may also choose from the wide range of postgraduate courses available within the School of Social and Political Sciences.

Information for international students

IELTS: overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.0; ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20. CAE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169 CPE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169. PTE Academic: 60; no sub-test less than 59

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
21 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

Professor Moira Munro