University of York

University of York

Public Administration and Public Policy

The programme aims to furnish students with an understanding of the complex issues surrounding the formation, implementation and evaluation of public policy. The programme will provide you with a grasp of the international and domestic institutional contexts which shape the policy making process, and specialist expertise in the theoretical and analytical tools necessary to conduct high quality research in public policy and administration. The range of option modules available to students, along with the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of their choice, allows students to pursue expertise in a particular area of interest, from public management to governance and development. The degree provides an ideal foundation for those wishing to pursue a career in academia, policy advising, lobbying, political research or journalism.

Entry requirements

Applicants require a UK 2.1 or international equivalent in a relevant subject. If you're a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Course modules

Modules include: Policy analysis; public management and delivery; dissertation. Plus 4 option modules: Approaches to political theory; conflict and development; contemporary issues in international political economy; contemporary issues in toleration; critical theories of international political economy; ethics and world politics; European public policy; global governance; governing for the environment; ideas and institutions; introduction to quantitative methods of data analysis; issues in contemporary political philosophy; leading and managing change; managing public finances; new security challenges; personal and professional skills; policy analysis; political research and analysis; politics of international trade and development; public management and delivery; qualitative research in politics; reason and power in European political thought; sex and the liberal state; state, space and globalisation; strategic planning; themes and theories in international relations; theories and policies of development governance; toleration and its enemies; 20th-century communisms; women, citizenship and conflict.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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