University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham

Public Policy

The focus of the programme is on critical issues and key developments relating to public policy, such as globalisation, Europeanisation, governance, and policy evaluation. With the current developments in countries around the world, this is one of the most exciting times to be studying anything to do with the public sector, governance and government, and the delivery of services to meet people�s needs. The aim of the programme is to provide students with the skills, knowledge and tools to make sense of the world of public policy and management, so that they can analyse situation and problems, and use this to improve its practice. The course is multidisciplinary and research-informed, and the wide range of modules draws on examples from different countries across the world. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds. Some students come straight from their first degree onto the Masters without much work experience, and others currently work in a public sector organisation (NHS, local authorities, education sector, police) and take the course on a part-time basis. About half of our students are from the UK, and the other half from abroad. At the moment we have 14 or 15 different nationalities amongst our students. The variety of our student body adds a hugely beneficial and interesting dimension to the teaching through the exchange of experience of different practices and underlying assumptions on which these practices are built. The dialogue around these differences plays a substantial role in the learning environment. As admission into the University Programmes is conditional on a good level of English, the discussions are accessible and of interest to all students.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements: 2.2 (Lower 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent); IELTS:6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any element); TOEFL IBT:87 (with no less than 20 in speaking and 19 in any other element).

Course modules

Core modules: dissertation (60 credits); policy analysis:concepts and theories (30 credits); dynamics of international and comparative social and public Policy (20 credits); research methods and research management (20 credits); economics and policy analysis (10 credits); globalisation, europeanisation and public policy (10 credits); public management and governance (10 credits); Elective modules: Students must also take two 10-credit elective modules from those available in the School.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University Park Campus Nottingham NG7 2RJ East Midlands

Key information

Postgraduate Enquiry Team
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0115 951 5559