Public Policy

Master degree
12 months
Application deadlines: April 30
Processing time: 30 days
Intakes: September
International tuition: £16,950
Domestic tuition: £7,000

Program overview

The 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 the public sector and 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 behavioural science social marketing energy environmental and 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 option to gain practical experience by pursuing a placement with a relevant organisation – allowing you to tailor your research to a policymaker or policy-influencer audience. The staff have built up 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.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



  • PTE
A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each sub-skill Pearson Test of English (Academic) 60 overall with 56 in each sub-skill IBT TOEFL 80 overall with 18 in reading, 23 in writing, 19 in listening and 21 in speaking

Career opportunities

After completing this course, you’ll graduate with subject-specific knowledge of the policy process – with transferable skills in research and analysis, which you’ll need to flourish in a range of organisations in the public, private and third sectors. This course prepares you for a career in the public sector and vocations that make a contribution to the development or delivery of public policy. Although the Masters in Public Policy is a new course, it builds on successful courses taught by the Faculty of Social Sciences. Over the past five years, over half of the graduates from the MSc Applied Social Research course have entered social research-related careers in the public, voluntary and private sectors. Roles include: manager commissioning research for a local authority research fellow at a university senior research executive for a European-wide commercial research organisation

Campus location

Stirling , United Kingdom

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