University of Bristol

Public Policy

What is public policy? Who are the key actors and which institutions are involved? Who is it shaped by and how does it have an impact on an economic, social and cultural environment that is increasingly globalised? This programme investigates the international public policy environment in terms of global political economy and the impact of business, voluntary sector and public policy agents in the field of multi-level governance. The programme encompasses both a theoretical understanding of the policy process and models of appraisal, with a practical orientation to evaluating research evidence. As well as considering generic policy concerns, the programme gives you an opportunity to choose from a range of substantive policy issues, such as the economics of public policy, poverty and social exclusion, penal policy, migration, asylum and sustainability. Every unit considers policy in an international and comparative context. To find out more, take a look at these videos exploring scholarships, international studies and the student perspective.

Course modules

There are three core units and a choice of optional units. You must also complete a dissertation of 15,000 words, which normally begins in late April and is submitted by September. Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Public Policy. (


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 GBP 8,400 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 GBP 21,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 GBP 4,200 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Clifton Campus BS8 1TH South West

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