Taught course

Public and Urban Policy

Institution
University of Glasgow · School of Social and Political Sciences
Qualifications
MScPGDip

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 are considered individually. International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This programmeis designed for people interested in how policy decisions are made and how they impact on the real world. There is a focus on urban issues nationally and globally, and opportunities to study other significant public policy fields.

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.
  • 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

The programme combines a mix of core courses, with a range of options offered to allow flexibility for you to develop your own interests and specialism. In addition you are allowed to select courses from across the School of Social and Political Sciences. It is designed to allow either full-time or part-time (day release) study, being taught in intensive half-day blocks. It is an interdisciplinary course, delivered by academics at the cutting edge of their fields and uses a broad range of methods (lectures, seminars, projects, discussions, workshops) to provide a rich learning experience.

Throughout the programme there is an emphasis on practical problems and acting ‘in the real world’. This is reinforced by contributions from a range of senior, experienced practitioners and policy makers from a broad range of organisations, who enhance understanding of real world problems and solutions.

It is delivered over 2 semesters followed by an independent research project where you can research a topic in more depth. All assessments are extended written assignments – there are no exams.

Core Courses

  • Evidence, evaluation and policy
  • Global cities
  • Governance and markets
  • Social ccience research methods
  • Understanding public policy.

Optional Courses

  • Crime and community safety
  • Designing places
  • Housing and the inclusive society
  • International urban challenges
  • Regenerating cities
  • Sustainable housing development
  • Understanding health policy.

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
£6800
International students
£14500

http://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/publicandurbanpolicy/

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

PGDip

part time
21 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

Name
Professor Moira Munro
Email
Moira.munro@glasgow.ac.uk