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  • Qualification

    MPP - Master of Public Policy

  • Location

    University of Oxford

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About the course

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is an intensive one-year taught degree course that offers a distinctive approach to learning about public policy. It is a transformative opportunity for current and future leaders with a commitment to public service. Taught by outstanding academics as well as expert practitioners you will be uniquely positioned to develop academic knowledge and professional skills to address some of this century's most complex public policy challenges.

The MPP begins with a carefully planned programme of activities during the induction period which provides an introduction to policy making and advice on how to derive the greatest benefit from the MPP experience. The curriculum for the rest of the course is delivered via a series of lectures, seminars, case studies and workshops across three terms, and the summer project which is an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills learned through the programme in a public policy context.

Policy challenges are becoming more complex every day and public leaders need to be able to use expertise from different specialist fields to find innovative solutions. For this reason, the curriculum integrates insights and approaches from a diverse range of academic disciplines and also includes modules delivered by leading policy practitioners.


Your learning will be assessed for each module in a variety of ways. Current assessment methods include unseen examinations, essays and in-class testing of a more practical nature.

Graduate destinations

The MPP prepares you to become a change-maker. The skills you acquire on the programme will enable you to find and use evidence effectively, communicate effectively, and make key decisions whether in government, non-governmental organisations or the private sector. You will learn to view uncertainty as opportunity and recognise the benefits of change, as well as recognise and respect the diverse range of perspectives you may encounter and work with.

Our alumni are exceptional achievers and change-makers who share a commitment to improving public service. Please see our Alumni website. When you join the school, you also join an incredible and lifelong community of peers, and an alumni network spread across the globe. These connections serve as powerful reminders for all of us of our shared commitment to public service and our desire to make a real difference in the world. Blavatnik School alumni are already making an impact. they include members of the national parliaments of Brazil and Panama; a cabinet minister in the UAE; an Assistant Governor in the Bank of Malaysia; and several founders of NGOs.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 44,550per 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 Oxford

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  • Campus address

    University of Oxford, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2JD, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    1st out of 122

    1st out of 86

  • Entry standards

    / Max 209
    212 100%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    94.0 94%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    207 100%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    90.0 90%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5

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