The MA in Public Policy gives dynamic, high-level training in the study of public policy and policymaking at international, national and sub-state levels.
You will receive a solid grounding in key theoretical approaches to the study of public policy, and significantly develop your knowledge and skills around the subject.
This course concentrates on the skills required to work across the public policy landscape, which is today increasingly characterised by change and interdependence.
Therefore it also has relevance to evolving skills and knowledge if you are targeting a career in public policy research, policy advice, lobbying, public sector management or journalism. Or if you are already employed in the field.
Why Public Policy at Swansea?
Swansea University is a widely respected authority in the field of public policy.
Based on our stunning Singleton Park campus, in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the Gower Peninsula, we have the expertise and full range of facilities to ensure your learning is right up to the minute.
The Graduate Centre of the College of Arts and Humanities is designed to promote individual and collaborative research activity of international standard.
It offers a supportive environment for those pursuing postgraduate research and taught masters study, as well as training to enhance academic and professional development.
Your Public Policy Experience
You study three compulsory 20-credit international relations modules, and a further three optional modules before taking a 60-credit dissertation project in the second part of the course.
The three compulsory modules are conceptual issues in the theory and practice of social sciences, the policymaking process, and comparative governance in complex systems.
A compelling mix of further optional modules span from war and space to politics in contemporary Britain, and from cyber governance to devolution in comparative perspective.
Public Policy Employment Opportunities
You will develop a deep level of knowledge around public policy, as well as excellent oral and writing skills.
Graduates of the MA in Public Policy go on to careers in government and politics, local government, business, media and PR.
Careers and Employability
Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) will support you at each stage of your career journey helping you build a bright future.
Our career support services include:
Employability workshops, employers’ talks, bespoke events and careers fairs.
Individual advice and guidance from professionally qualified Careers Advisers.
Help with finding jobs, internships, work placements and volunteering opportunities.
Access to information resources on a wide range of career management topics.
Funding to support student internship opportunities and Student Society/Club events.
We also provide help and advice for Swansea University Alumni up to two years after you graduate.
Swansea University was named University of the Year in the 2019 Whatuni Student Choice Awards for the second time in five years. As well as being crowned University of the Year, Swansea University took the top spot in the International category and placed top three in the Postgraduate, and Course and Lecturers categories. The Whatuni Student Choice Awards are voted for entirely by students, with more than 41,000 reviews and comments submitted from more than 160 UK institutions.
In the prestigious Guardian University Guide 2021, we are placed 24th in the UK and have won the Welsh University of the Year title for the second time in three years, cementing our position as Wales’ leading higher education institution.
We place our students at the heart of everything. As a result, we achieved a gold rating, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) and are ranked 6th in the UK for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for 2020.
Our stunning waterfront campuses make us a desirable location for students and staff from around the world, and our multicultural community provides a global perspective, enabling those who join us to develop skills and knowledge that set them on successful and enriching careers.