Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Public Policy

This course aims to provide a platform for Queen's and international researchers to present and engage with civil and public servants across a host of contemporary public policy issues, and to help students develop new skills and fields of expertise. The programme is tailored to fit within public service employment patterns, and will make a considered contribution to the quality of public governance in Northern Ireland and beyond.

Entry requirements

Normally at least a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any discipline. A 3rd Class Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any discipline will be considered when accompanied by employment experience which is deemed acceptable to the Programme Convenor. In line with the University's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy, applicants who do not meet the above academic requirements will be considered on an individual basis. Attendance at interview may be required. International students must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

Course modules

Modules may include: comparative public policy; crime and criminal justice policy; divided societies; economics and finance; environmental policy and planning; European public policy; health and social care; policy evaluation; public management and performance governance; regulatory governance; social policy, ageing and the life course.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include: Written assignments, group assignments, presentations and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time - 2 years

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School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy
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028 9097 3886