Study

MSc International Public Policy Analysis

 

Programme suspended

This programme is currently suspended for 2016/17.

You may want to consider our MSc International Development or Masters of Research programmes.

 

Qualifications and durations

Full-time MSc (1 year)
Part-time MSc (2 years, allowing three months for the final dissertation*).

*At the discretion of the Director of Studies, part time students may be able to have an extension of three months (giving a total of six months for the dissertation and an overall total registration period of 27 months). Students extending into their 3rd academic year may be liable for a pro-rated continuation fee.

Overview

The MSc International Public Policy Analysis is designed to meet the increasing demand for expertise in international and comparative analysis of public policies. It is a flexible programme that enables you to tailor your studies according to your interests so that you can gain a higher level of specialism.

Programme features

  • You will gain a rigorous, multidisciplinary understanding of social and public policy in international and cross-national contexts.
  • Advanced training in key techniques of policy analysis and policy evaluation in national, cross-national and international settings.
  • Opportunities for student-driven research in substantial social and public policy areas (such as, welfare and social security, family policy, migration policy, employment and labour market policy, health policy, environmental policy, international development), in a large number of national, regional (European Union, Asia, Africa, Latin America, Southern Europe, MENA) and global (UN) settings.
  • Follow one of three possible pathways whereby you take a suite of complementary units in each semester, or choose a combination of optional units.

The programme is designed for university graduates or mid-career professionals pursuing careers in;

  • national social and public administration
  • European or international organisations
  • national or international non-governmental organisations and agencies
  • academia related study of social and/or public policy.

Programme structure

  Core units Optional pathway units
Semester 1
  • Advanced policy analysis
  • The politics of policy in international perspective: actors, arenas and conflict
Public policy, social welfare and the economy
  • European union politics & policy-making
  • Business, society and states: corporate power and accountability
  • Comparative public policy and social welfare: cross-national, European and global perspectives
Public policy and international development
  • Economics for international development
  • Sociology & social anthropology of development
  • Foundations of international development
Professional practice and research competence
  • Quantitative methods 1: introduction to quantitative methods
  • Qualitative methods 1
  • Critical skills for international development and policy research
Semester 2
  • Research for policy: concepts, methods and values
  • Governance, public policy and society
  • Policy evaluation: methods and techniques
Public policy, social welfare and the economy
  • International corporate social responsibility: principles and practice
  • International security: the contemporary agenda
  • Political economy of globalisation
  • Policy analysis apprenticeship project with area specialism
Public policy and international development
  • Critical issues in social development
  • Management of development (MID)
  • World politics: conflict, security & development
Professional practice and research competence
  • Quantitative methods 2
  • Qualitative methods 2
  • Academic research skills and dissertation preparation
  • Wellbeing assessment in public policy and development practice
Final semester Dissertation in international public policy analysis

View Programme & Unit Catalogue for further information.

Learning and teaching

Our programmes are modular, consisting of self-contained units, taught and assessed on a semester basis. As you progress through each semester and successfully pass the examinations, you will receive credit for the units, thus providing you with a clear indication of your academic progress.

Teaching takes the form of lectures, classes and seminars. Lectures are quite formal, whereas classes and seminars involve interaction between the lecturer and a small number of students for study skills and discussion.

Methods of assessment

Assessment consists of a combination of coursework essays, class exercises, projects and oral presentations.

We also place strong emphasis on developing presentation and discussion/communication skills, which in many units is part of the assessed work.

Careers

The Social & Policy Sciences department is committed to ensuring that postgraduate students acquire a range of subject-specific and generic skills during their training.

Our graduates generally go on to work in a wide variety of organisations, such as:

  • Social research in universities and research institutes, government, business, voluntary organisations and international organisations.
  • Public policy analysis at local, national and international levels.
  • Public information and campaigning within organisations concerned with wellbeing, sustainability and social justice.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

  • First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university. or
  • an equivalent degree in another subject, together with substantial relevant work experience.

Professional requirements

  • You should normally have prior experience of working in international policy (although this is not essential).

English Language requirements

Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the programme of study.

  • IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each of the four components)
  • PTE Academic of 62 with no less than 59 in any component

If you wish to improve your English proficiency before commencing your studies, pre-sessional language training can be arranged through the Academic Skills Centre.

You may be eligible for a combined offer to include both pre-sessional English 5 (PS5) and the Master's degree programme. The advantage of this offer is that overseas students can apply for a Visa for the full duration of the programme rather than re-applying for a Visa at the end of the pre-sessional course.

References

  • Two references are required. At least one of these must be an academic reference.

How to apply

We are not accepting applications for this programme as it is suspended for 2016/17.

Financial information

Costs

Contact

Email: sps-pgt-admissions@bath.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 6634

Related links

Main areas of research

We are an internationally-recognised research-intensive department with a strong focus on policy and practice and a commitment to contribute to social wellbeing and social justice.

We draw together academic staff with backgrounds in Social Policy, Sociology, Social Work and International Development and work closely with colleagues in Psychology, Economics, and Health.

We also have an active and vibrant community of research students undertaking their own research alongside our academic staff.

Research Centres

Research themes

Our five research themes are:

Departmental Staff

Find out more about our staff and their research interests.

Introduction

The Department of Social & Policy Sciences includes academics from social policy, sociology, social work and international development.

The international excellence of our research was recognised by the award of the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2011.

We are committed to advancing learning and knowledge through teaching and research. Our Department collaborates with a wide range of users at the local, national, European and global levels.

Postgraduate programmes

We offer a wide range of postgraduate programmes. Our postgraduate teaching strongly reflects our research and our links to policy-makers and development institutions at the national, European and global level.

Our Department also has an active MPhil/PhD research programme. We take great pride in fostering a friendly and supportive learning environment.

Seminar series

We run a lively and well attended postgraduate research seminar series. Each of the Research Centres run seminar series and conferences associated with their research activities. The University of Bath also has a Research in the World public lecture series where key national and international academics are invited to speak.

Careers information

We are committed to ensuring that postgraduate students acquire a range of subject-specific and generic skills during their training. Our graduates generally go on to work in a wide variety of organisations, for example:

  • social research in universities and research institutes, government, business, voluntary organisations and international organisations
  • public policy analysis at local, national and international levels
  • public information and campaigning within organisations concerned with wellbeing, sustainability and social justice.