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Course options

  • Qualification

    MPP - Master of Public Policy

  • Location

    University of Stirling

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary

Overview

Our Masters in Public Policy allows you to develop the conceptual, analytical and practical skills you’ll need to flourish in the world of policymaking. We prepare you for a career in vocations that make a contribution to the development or delivery of public policy.

This course is extremely flexible, and you can tailor it to fit your particular interests. Core modules on Policy Theory and Practice are combined with optional modules in Social Research and policy-relevant disciplines. If you want to pursue an interest in other policy-relevant disciplines, you can also combine a focus on policy and research with options in areas such as:

  • law
  • economics and behavioural science
  • strategic communications
  • international politics

You can also use this degree as a pathway to pursue research to PhD level by taking three modules in Applied Social Research.

As part of the Masters course, you must complete a dissertation. You’ll also have the potential to gain practical experience by pursuing a placement with a relevant organisation (with our help) – allowing you to tailor your research to a policymaker or policy-influencer audience.

Our staff have a wide range of connections with organisations in the public, private and third sectors. These can be used not only to pursue your placement-based coursework, but also build your own personal networks.

Teaching

Each of the core modules on this course are delivered through weekly seminars.

The first semester core module ‘How Does the Policy Process Work’ includes a two-hour seminar each week. The second semester core module ‘Policymaking: Theories and Approaches’ includes a four-hour seminar each week – which combines weekly political science theory discussions with weekly guest seminars from practitioners and other policy-relevant disciplines.

Most Applied Social Research modules are delivered through a series of half-day, one-day or three-day blocks. The majority of policy-relevant options follow the same format as your core modules - weekly seminars and one piece of coursework.

The Applied Social Research component of your course is provided by the Faculty of Social Sciences, which is an ESRC-recognised postgraduate research training centre. In the UK’s last Research Assessment Exercise, 95 percent of the Faculty’s research was deemed ‘internationally excellent’ – and it received the highest possible score in the most recent teaching quality exercise.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 18,645per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Stirling

  • University League Table

    38th

  • Campus address

    University of Stirling, Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA, Scotland

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    19th out of 122 1

    21st out of 86 10

  • Entry standards

    / Max 209
    155 73%

    20th

    8
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    78.0 78%

    23rd

    17
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.03 81%

    40th

    8
  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    167 81%

    14th

    6
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60.0 60%

    54th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.15 83%

    19th

    21

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