Taught course

Public Policy Research

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

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 unless otherwise specified. Applicants who do not meet these requirements but with professional experience may be considered. 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 English language requirements For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training): overall score 6.5 no sub-test less than 6.0 or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below) Common equivalent English language qualifications: ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20 CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59 Pre-sessional courses The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses: Language Centre, University of Glasgow BALEAP guide to accredited courses FAQs Visa requirements and proof of English language level It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements. If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency: UK Border Agency Tier 4 English Language requirements UKBA list of approved English language tests [pdf] For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry

September

Course content

This programme provides students with an excellent grounding in social science research methods and theory and in contemporary public policy analytical processes. It is ideally suited for students wishing to undertake a PhD or to work in public/third or private sector organisations.

Why Glasgow

  • Studying public policy theory and practice within the urban setting of Glasgow allows for direct engagement with many of the most pressing public policy problems of our time and with the types of solutions being developed to combat these.
  • Our programme is recognised by the Scottish Graduate School which oversees the allocation of ESRC studentships.
  • By the end of the programme our successful students will leave equipped with a secure grounding in social science research theory; will have developed transferable skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods; will have demonstrated grounded knowledge and understanding of specialist areas of public policy in order to allow students to pursue their own career interests; and will have met fully the research training requirements of the UK Economic and Social Research Council and the Social Sciences Graduate School for doctoral students.

Programme Structure

The core teaching for this programme is delivered over two semesters followed by the completion of an independent research project. Teaching is offered by two main providers – the College of Social Sciences Graduate School provides core courses in research methods and social theory to ensure a grounding in a broad set of research skills; the subject area of Urban Studies provides core training in the skills and theory of policy analysis and evaluation.

Students enhance this training by selecting additional courses across the School and College of Social Sciences allowing for the development of knowledge of most relevance to the student’s own research interests. The majority of teaching is delivered through lectures and seminars, but may also include lab work, input from policy/practice experts and, in some case, UK field trips.

Core courses

  • Social science statistics
  • Qualitative methods
  • Introduction to social theory for researchers
  • Understanding public policy
  • Evidence, evaluation and policy

Core non-assessed components

  • Graduate School induction week
  • IT discovery and resources
  • Transferable kkills and personal development planning

Optional Courses

  • Social science statistics 2
  • Advanced qualitative methods
  • A wide range of options across Urban Studies, the School of Social & Political Science or College of Social Sciences, as approved by the programme director

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/publicpolicyresearch/

Qualification and course duration

MRes

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Mhairi MacKenzie
Email
Mhairi.MacKenzie@glasgow.ac.uk