Taught course

Economics for Public Policy

University of Oxford · Blavatnik School of Government
Short course

Entry requirements

This eight-week online course is designed for those who wish to enhance their understanding of how economic concepts can be applied to public policy.

There are no specific entry requirements for this course. However, please be aware that it is a master's level course, so will take a certain level of commitment. Learners are expected to dedicate 3-5 hours a week to their studies, with all activities and tasks taking place online.

This short course is for you if:

  • you are an early-to-mid career civil servant wanting to move into a specialist or management position;
  • you are an experienced professional in a strategic position wanting to update your formal knowledge and equip yourself with the tools needed to remain effective and current; or
  • you work for an NGO or government organisation, and you want to interact more effectively with policymaking in your day-to-day work.

Months of entry

February, May, July, October

Course content

Delivered by Oxford University's Blavatnik School of Government and the world's leading digital learning company, Pearson, Economics for Public Policy is an intensive eight-week course which will introduce you to the language and concepts of economics for public policy and teach you how to apply economic theory in a policy formulation context.

Upon successful completion, you will be more confident interacting with professional economists and/or their reports in your public policy work, which will have an immediate impact on your role.

The Economics for Public Policy course is focused on the following areas:

  • being able to explain what 'mainstream economics' is, identifying relevant applications and appreciating the limitations of this approach;
  • understanding the economic rationale for government intervention in a variety of global settings and critically appraising specific policy responses; and
  • appreciating the challenges associated with the design and finance of public policy, both in theory and practice.

The course is part of a suite of online short courses in government and public policy from the Blavatnik School of Government and Pearson.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Short course
    part time
    2 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details