Taught course

Public Policy

University of Warwick · Department of Politics and International Studies

Entry requirements

Upper-second class honours degree or equivalent. Your undergraduate degree should come from a recognised institution in a discipline related to Politics and International Studies. Applicants who fail to meet this standard may be offered Diploma entry if their application is strong enough in other aspects. You must also provide two strong references and a statement of purpose that includes your motivation behind applying for this degree, how your educational background has prepared you for rigorous postgraduate study in this area, how obtaining this degree fits into your future plans, and personal/work/voluntary experiences if they are related to the programme.

Months of entry

October, September

Course content

Governments are facing more, and more complex, demands every day. Their ability to deliver on those demands is increasingly circumscribed.

If we want to make a difference in the world, we need to understand the limits and possibilities of policy making in modern democracies.

Why do bad ideas become policy and good ideas languish for years Does democracy get in the way of policy, or is the policy profession itself anti-democratic Can citizens even have much influence on policy in a globalising, networked world

These and other questions are the focus of the MA in Public Policy. While it has an applied focus, the course is unique in that it combines an understanding of descriptive and normative theory with the practice of policy analysis and PAISs world-leading work on transnational policy-making. It is thus ideal for students wanting to pursue advanced conceptual studies in Politics but who want to give those studies an applied focus.

The core module identifies and analyses the main traditions of policy studies, the core concepts of policy analysis, and theories of policy change.

Information for international students

Minimum English language requirements: IELTS 7, TOEFL iBT 100. For further information, see the Warwick Admissions website.

Fees and funding

The Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) and the International Office have a number of awards for international students each year. Check the PAIS website for details. British Council (Chevening) government scholarships are accepted.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
9 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment66
Dissertation34 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Gabriel Siles-Brugge
+44 (0) 24765 75775