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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    City Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

This MSc Public Policy course offers a hands-on, locally embedded and multidisciplinary course in the study of Public Policy at an advanced and specialized level. You will have the opportunity to take part in exciting contemporary discussions of Public Policy that explore core concepts, key trends and developments within the field, critical reflections on policy in practice and the current state of research and analysis of policy issues.

This course will allow you to develop subject specific knowledge and develop broader professional skills that will be necessary for a career in any field related to public policy. It also enables you to obtain an advanced understanding and practice of a range of methods and methodologies available to support research and policy analysis.

The MSc Public Policy will be awarded on the successful completion of 180 credits of study.You will deliver a capstone Policy Lab project, with the opportunity to tackle salient policy issues in the East Midlands region or at national and international levels.

What you'll study

The MSc Public Policy course has been designed to provide a practice-oriented and challenging contemporary curriculum which allows students to develop subject specific knowledge and develop broader professional skills that will be necessary for a career in any field related to public policy. It also enables students to obtain an advanced understanding and practice of a range of methods and methodologies available to support research and policy analysis.

The course is offered by the Department of Politics and International Relations and complemented by optional modules from across the School of Social Sciences. This allows for greater appreciation of policymaking in distinct and specialised areas as well as offers familiarity with negotiating in international contexts. Finally, it prepares students to work creatively on a Policy Lab research project either with an external partner or based on a combined staff and student-led initiative

The course is designed as a standalone programme, but draws on the success of the existing Politics and International Relations postgraduate provisions offered by the department. It is open to anyone who has already gained experience in the field of Public Policy or holds a background in a related discipline and field in Social Sciences and/or Humanities.

Assessment methods

Assessment on the course involves coursework, conducting your own research piece, individual and group class presentations and a reflective assessment. To encourage and facilitate independent learning the course will take full advantage of NTU's online workspace (NOW).

Careers and employability

As MSc Public Policy graduates, you will have the opportunity to reflect on the subject and transferable skills learnt while preparing coursework. These include expertise in writing complex, yet concise, analytical pieces, developing and implementing projects, interpersonal communication, diplomatic and negotiation skills, problem-solving, and the ability to present in-depth ideas with confidence. You will be offered encouragement and assistance in articulating those skills in relation to occupations that may be of interest to you.

Graduates from this course are ready to undertake a wide range of careers and professions. Previous graduates from within the Department of Politics and International Relations have gone on to work in relevant government departments as well as joined international aid and development agencies.

Tuition fees

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£ 15,500per year

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

University information

Nottingham Trent University

  • University League Table

    46th

  • Campus address

    Nottingham Trent University, 50 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 4FQ, England

With placements and work experience opportunities, as well as tailored employability support, NTU is focused on the future success of its students.
Students and staff from over 160 countries make NTU's community diverse and dynamic, offering a global experience for all students.
Prestigious, competitive scholarships are available, worth up to half the tuition fee.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    40th out of 123 2

    56th out of 85

  • Entry standards

    / Max 209
    125 57%

    56th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    87 87%

    5th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.04 81%

    43rd

    15
  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    109 50%

    60th

    10
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    74 74%

    34th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.13 83%

    17th

    4

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