University of Bath

University of Bath

Policy Research and Practice

The programme is designed to enable experienced professionals working in a range of policy arenas; locally, nationally, and globally; to develop their policy analysis expertise without having to take a full career break. Combining advanced training in policy research and analysis with a thesis based on original research, it is based on a cohort model and can be spread out over up to 6 years.

Entry requirements

1st or 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university. Advanced qualification (MEd, MA or MPhil) in a related field. Where professional experience is extensive and has involved research practice, this requirement may be waived. Appropriate professional experience in the practice of policy or a related field. Students in the programme are normally expected to have at least 3 years of experience. English language requirements (certificates must be dated to within 2 years of the start of the programme of study): IELTS 7.0 (with not less than 6.5 in each of the 4 components). References: 2 references are required, at least 1 of these should be an academic reference.

Course modules

Taught stage is based on 4 units. The 2 core generic analysis units are: transformational policy; policy research methodology. Specialist streams over the subsequent 2 years. Students elect 2 specialised units, relevant to their field of practice, from a choice of up to 4 units. Units include: international development policy; education policy; health policy; technology policy; social policy.

Assessment methods

Each taught unit is normally assessed through an assignment of 8,000 words. Research enquiry assessment: the 45,000 word supervised thesis is assessed by the same arrangements and criteria as to those for the award of a PhD.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Professional doctorate Distance learning September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (England) 4 years
Professional doctorate Distance learning September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (International) 4 years
Professional doctorate Distance learning September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 years
Professional doctorate Distance learning September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 years
Professional doctorate Distance learning September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 years

Campus details

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

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