Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme is ideal if you are working, or seeking a career, in public policy research and implementation. You will gain an advanced understanding of the ideas, interests and institutions that contribute to the making of policy across a wide range of areas, including healthcare, society and social care, migration, the environment, education and macroeconomics. This programme will give you insights into how policy choices are made in comparison to policy developing by default, without clear choices or the establishment of priorities and strategies. Alongside this, you will also consider management in the public sector, analysing the issues involved in making decisions about how public services are managed. You will explore how the different parts of national and local government interact and how the private sector is involved in the implementation of public policy.

Course Modules

You take 4 compulsory modules (all 30 credits) and write a 60'credit dissertation. Year 1 part'time: Public policy: Interests, ideas, institutions; qualitative social research; year 2 part'time: Introduction to quantitative social research; public management: Theories and innovations; MRes public policy and management dissertation.

Course Additional Entry

A good undergraduate degree in a related area, or relevant experience combined with an adequate academic background (subject to interview). If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MRes £6,875  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MRes £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £13,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £6,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MSc (Postgraduate) £6,875  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MSc (Postgraduate) £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees