The University of Bath Institute for Policy Research (IPR) and the Department of Social and Policy Sciences are launching a new part-time distance learning MSc in Public Policy. This course is designed to offer students the opportunity to study how public policy is made, what shapes it and to learn how to make a real difference as a policymaker.

Over the two-year part-time course students will explore the political, economic and social dynamics and forces that influence contemporary public policy issues, enabling students to think creatively about public policy design and its delivery.

Drawing on diverse cases from policymaking globally, as well as from Europe and the UK, the course will examine how data, knowledge and evidence in the digital environment are re-shaping how public policy is analysed, made and practised.

The specialist teaching and tools learnt will put graduates in a strong position for moving forward in any policy-facing or policy-shaping role, whether in analysis, strategy or delivery. Graduates will be equipped to work as a parliamentary advisor, policy advisor, policy advocate in a large INGO or advocacy organisation, national civil servant in a policy role, government affairs official, or think tank researcher.

The skills acquired will enable graduates to be highly skilled and trained to be effective policymakers of the future.

Masters in Public Policy key highlights:

  • An inspiring format, with highly structured and interactive online content; face-to-face learning and networking at short residentials in Bath and London; and intensive support from leading Bath academics throughout.

  • Plenty of opportunity to draw on examples from your own professional experience, and to apply the new ideas and skills to your own specific public policy interests, ideal for those already working in policy, or aspiring to do so.

  • Part-time course structure designed to enable you to continue working through-out your master’s programme.

  • Two short residentials held each year at our London Pall Mall office and Bath campus, that include a focus on policy in practice, with international guest speakers and networking opportunities with established policy professionals.

Dr Emma Carmel, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, and who has led the collaborative work on the programme says: 'This exciting new programme is intellectually challenging, analytically rigorous and practical. It makes the most of Bath’s outstanding expertise in applied research and policy studies, and will equip tomorrow’s policy professionals with the knowledge and skills to make an impact in the dynamic and complex real world of policymaking.'

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