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.

Entry requirements

A good undergraduate degree in a related area, or relevant experience combined with an adequate academic background (subject to interview).
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

MRes

You take 4 compulsory modules (all 30 credits) and write a 60-credit dissertation.
Year 1 part-time:

Public Policy: Interests, Ideas, Institutions;
Qualitative Social Research.

Year 2 part-time:

Introduction to Quantitative Social Research;
Public Management: Theories and Innovations.

MRes Public Policy and Management Dissertation:

Dissertation MRes Public Policy and Management.

MSc

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

MRes

Modules are assessed by a combination of essays, examinations and research projects. There is also a dissertation element.

MSc

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
MRes Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MRes Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MRes Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 6,875 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MRes Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MRes Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MRes Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MRes Part-time October 2017 - 2 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 13,750 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 6,875 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Politics
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6780