University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow

Public Policy Research

The course provides students with an excellent grounding in social science research methods and theory and in contemporary public policy analytical processes. Studying public policy theory and practice within the urban setting of Glasgow allows for direct engagement with many of the most pressing public policy problems of our time and with the types of solutions being developed to combat these. By the end of the programme students will leave equipped with a secure grounding in social science research theory; will have developed transferable skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods; will have demonstrated grounded knowledge and understanding of specialist areas of public policy in order to allow students to pursue their own career interests; and will have met fully the research training requirements of the UK Economic and Social Research Council and the Social Sciences Graduate School for doctoral students.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified. Applicants who do not meet these requirements but with professional experience may be considered. English language requirements: IELTS: overall score 6.5 (no sub-test less than 6.0); ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20; CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum; CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum; PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59. If students require a Tier 4 student visa, their qualification must be 1 of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old.

Course modules

Core courses: social science statistics 1; qualitative methods; introduction to social theory for researchers; understanding public policy; evidence, evaluation and policy.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time £ 6,800 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MRes Full-time £ 14,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MRes Full-time £ 6,800 per Academic year (EU fees) 12 months
MRes Part-time £ 756 per Credit module (home fees) 24 months
MRes Part-time £ 756 per Credit module (EU fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Glasgow Glasgow G12 8QQ Scotland

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