Taught course

Public Policy

University of Reading · School of Politics, Economics and International Relations

Entry requirements

You are normally required to have a good first or second class honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) ideally in politics, economics, international relations or a related field.

Months of entry


Course content

  • Gain the tools to understand and assess a range of public policy issues
  • Focus on a specialist pathway, such as welfare policy, sustainable environments, international development and global governance
  • Many classes led by UK government analysts and seminars with politicians and government officials
  • Accredited as a Climate-KIC Master Programme
  • Range of optional modules on climate change, social policy, international relations, development

About the Department

Established more than 45 years ago, the Department of Economics built its reputation as a world-leading centre for teaching and research in international business.

Our academic staff include world experts in the various fields of economics, with research expertise spanning areas such as econometrics, macroeconomics, business economics, banking and finance, development economics, emerging markets, and spatial and housing economics. We rank 16th in the UK for research overall within Business and Management Studies in the Research Excellence Framework, 2014.

We offer a leading range of postgraduate programmes reflecting the changing global economic environment. Our strong focus on applied research means that we emphasise the policy implications of our research findings.

We also encourage you to look beyond the headlines and understand the forces shaping our world today. You will graduate with knowledge of recent developments in the global economy and how these are linked with changes at the national and international level.

We are proud of our friendly and inclusive international community.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team