University of Bath

University of Bath

International Public Policy Analysis

The MSc International Public Policy Analysis is designed to meet the increasing demand for expertise in international and comparative analysis of public policies. The programme offers: a rigorous, multidisciplinary understanding of social and public policy in international and cross national contexts; advanced training in key techniques of policy analysis and policy evaluation in national, cross national and international settings; opportunities for student driven research in substantial social and public policy areas (such as, welfare and social security, family policy, migration policy, employment and labour market policy, health policy, environmental policy, international development), in a large number of national, regional (e.g. European Union, Asia, Africa, Latin America) and global (e.g. UN) settings. The programme is designed for: Social science graduates or mid career professionals pursuing careers in, national social and public administration, European or international organisations as well as national or international non governmental organisations and agencies.Social science graduates who aspire to pursue an academic career related to the academic study of social and/or public policy.

Entry requirements

1st or 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university; or an equivalent degree in another subject, together with substantial relevant work experience.Professional requirements: students should normally have prior experience of working in international policy (although this is not essential).English Language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (with not less than 6.5 in each of the 4 components); PTE Academic of 69 with no less than 62 in any component. References: 2 references are required, atleast 1 of these must be an academic reference.

Course modules

Semester 1: Core modules: advanced policy analysis; the politics of policy in international perspective: actors, arenas and conflict. Optional modules depending on pathway chose: European union politics and policy-making; business, society and states: corporate power and accountability; comparative public policy and social welfare: cross-national, European and global perspectives; economics for international development; sociology and social anthropology of development; foundations of international development; quantitative methods 1: introduction to quantitative methods; qualitative methods 1; critical skills for international development and policy research. Semester 2: Core modules: research for policy: concepts, methods and values; governance, public policy and society; policy evaluation: methods and techniques. Optional modules depending on pathway chosen: international corporate social responsibility: principles and practice; international security: the contemporary agenda Political economy of globalisation; policy analysis apprenticeship project with area specialism; critical issues in social development; management of development (MID); World politics: conflict, security and development; quantitative methods 2; qualitative methods 2; academic research skills and dissertation preparation; wellbeing assessment in public policy and development practice. Semester 3: dissertation in international public policy analysis.

Assessment methods

Assessment consists of a combination of coursework essays, class exercises, projects, oral presentations and examinations. We also place strong emphasis on developing presentation and discussion/communication skills, which in many units is part of the assessed work.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 15,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 6,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 6,000 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 3,000 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 7,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 3,000 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Bath Bath BA2 7AY South West

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