Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Public Policy and Management

This programme is ideal if you are working, or seeking a career, in public policy research and implementation. You will gain an advanced understanding of the ideas, interests and institutions that contribute to the making of policy across a wide range of areas, including healthcare, society and social care, migration, the environment, education and macroeconomics. This programme will give you insights into how policy choices are made in comparison to policy developing by default, without clear choices or the establishment of priorities and strategies. Alongside this, you will also consider management in the public sector, analysing the issues involved in making decisions about how public services are managed. You will explore how the different parts of national and local government interact and how the private sector is involved in the implementation of public policy.

Course modules

You take 2 core modules and 2 option modules (all 30 credits) and write a 60-credit dissertation. Option modules are normally available in: British, US and European government and politics; International relations, international security and US foreign policy; Politics of globalisation and international political economy; Politics, policy and administration of the EU; Political theory and political sociology; War, conflict, nationalism, politics and religion; Comparative public policy; Research methods. Year 1 full-time: Public Management: Theories and Innovations; Public Policy: Interests, Ideas, Institutions. Year 1 part-time: Public Policy: Interests, Ideas, Institutions. Year 2 part-time: Public Management: Theories and Innovations. MSc Public Policy and Management Dissertation: Dissertation MSc Public Policy and Management.

Assessment methods

You submit formative and assessed essays and take examinations.

Sponsorship information

Recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a research training programme; for UK and EU applicants intending to pursue research, ESRC studentships (1 year for the master's programme followed by 3 years of funding for research) may be available for candidates with a strong academic background.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,225 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2018 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2018 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,225 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
Master of Research - MRes Part-time October 2018 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Politics
Telephone number: 
02076316780