MA in Public Policy

The University of Warwick, Department of Politics and International Studies PAIS

Program Description

MA in Public Policy

The University of Warwick, Department of Politics and International Studies PAIS

MA in Public Policy

Governments are facing more, and more complex, demands every day. Their ability to deliver on those demands is increasingly circumscribed.

If we want to make a difference in the world, we need to understand the limits and possibilities of policy making in modern democracies.

Why do bad ideas become policy and good ideas languish for years? Does democracy get in the way of policy, or is the policy profession itself anti-democratic? Can citizens even have much influence on policy in a globalising, networked world?

These and other questions are the focus of PAIS’s new MA in Public Policy. While it has an applied focus, the course is unique in that it combines an understanding of descriptive and normative theory with the practice of policy analysis and PAIS’s world-leading work on transnational policy-making. It is thus ideal for students wanting to pursue advanced conceptual studies in Politics but who want to give those studies an applied focus.

The core module, Theories and Traditions in Public Policy, identifies and analyses the main traditions of policy studies, the core concepts of policy analysis, and theories of policy change.

In addition to the core module, students take any other modules totalling 80 CATS from a large range options. There are more than 25 to choose from in PAIS alone, or students can take approved modules from other Warwick departments. By selecting from this wide range of modules, each student can focus their Public Policy MA on a particular branch of policy studies, including European policy, global policy, policy and security, policy and development, general public policy, and more.

The director of the course is Dr John Parkinson.

Course Structure

  • In the first 2 terms students take taught modules (120 CATS total). -The core module, 'Theories and Traditions in Public Policy' (40 CATS), is assessed by one timed essay, one short research essay, and one long research essay. -You then have a free choice of optional PAIS modules, assessed by research essays (including the core modules of other PAIS MA programmes), and can take selected modules from other departments. -In the summer term students who have met the required standard proceed to the dissertation (60 CATS).

Entry requirements

  • British 2.1 degree (or International equivalent) in Political Science or a closely related subject
  • Non-native English speakers should have an IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent
  • A strong statement of purpose
  • Two strong academic references
  • Please note that Diploma entry is available for Public Policy
This school offers programs in:
  • English
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This course is Campus based
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Oct. 2016
Full time
Start date Oct. 2016
United Kingdom Coventry, England
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