Taught course

Public Policy and Practice

University of Greenwich · School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should have: An undergraduate degree classification of 2.1 or above in a relevant discipline (in exceptional circumstances a 2.2 may be considered) OR a postgraduate diploma or alternative professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a good honours degree in a related area OR professional experience, research in a professional capacity or publication in journals or presentation at conferences/seminars OR other qualifications and/or experience that demonstrate that a candidate possesses knowledge and skills commensurate with the standard of a good honours degree. • Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or an equivalent rating in another language testing system.

Months of entry


Course content

The role of public policy is crucial in determining national welfare. Shifts in international relations, the global financial crisis, increasing expectations from citizens, changing domestic socio-economic context, and ideological imperatives are all affecting how policy is formulated and delivered in advanced economies.

At the same time, developing and rapidly growing economies are under increasing public pressure to ensure that economic growth leads to social opportunities and improved access to education, health and other public services.

This programme will develop critical perspectives on policy making and practice in different political and institutional contexts, focusing on both advanced and developing nations. The programme will emphasise the theories of policy analysis and will introduce students to policy making processes of negotiations and bargaining; struggles between nationality and politics; and the tensions between different policy approaches. Policy action and implementation involves a formal, sequential process of delivery. The programme will establish the principles of policy action and highlight the relationship between policy and practice. This approach enables students to develop skills that allow them to relate theory to practice in a way that provides more informed solutions to problems and opportunities in their workplace.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide students with an opportunity to gain systematic and in-depth knowledge in policy studies, to become aware of and understand current practices and to have knowledge of current scholarship
  • To inform students of the current issues and debates in policy studies and raise their critical awareness of the developments in the discipline
  • To advance students knowledge of synergies and complex relationships between politics and the policy agenda, between changing social, economic and political contexts and between policy formulation and practice
  • To provide students with the opportunity to explore complex policy issues systematically and creatively so that they can make informed judgements at their workplace.


  • Foundations for Postgraduate Study (15 credits)
  • Public Policy in Theory and Practice (30 credits)
  • Case Studies in Policy Making and Practice (30 credits)
  • Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
  • One option from a related subject pathway (30 credits)

Information for international students

• Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or an equivalent rating in another language testing system.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

020 8331 9000