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Department of Social & Policy Sciences, Programme Catalogue 2011/12

THSP-APM13: MSc International Public Policy Analysis


Mode of attendance: Part-time

Click here for further information NFAAR-PGT assessment regulations for students commencing study in 2011/12 onwards (students who commenced prior to 2011/12 should consult their programme handbook for their assessment regulations):
  • This programme has the following designated alternative programmes (DAPs): PG Diploma; PG Certificate
  • Assessment Regulations: Appendix 11 PDF format -requires Acrobat Reader to view
  • Programme progression requirement: 40%
  • Taught credits: 60; Dissertation/Project credits: 30

Part-time students must complete the compulsory units (and a selection of optional units) as listed below however, the units selected, and the balance between one year and the next, will vary with the individual students' specific requirements. This will be determined through discussion with, and subsequent agreement by, the Director of Studies. Possible patterns include: (a) completion of stages 1, 2 and 3 at different times over a maximum of five years. (b) part-time MSc students complete the taught component of the programme over a 21-month period (stages 1 & 2 over two academic years), followed by a 6-month dissertation. In such a pattern, students will typically take either two or three units in each semester, aiming to complete 30 credits in the first year and 30 in the second year. Preference is given to completing as many of the compulsory units in the first year of studies (so as to provide the core knowledge). Optional units along with any remaining compulsory units are taken in the second year. However the actual balance will be flexible but subject to agreement by the Director of Studies (for example the number of compulsory units as well as the actual units taken each year may vary slightly).

Semester 1: Taught Units

Designated Essential Units Click here for further information
SP50249 Advanced policy analysis 6 Credits
SP50250 The politics of policy in international perspective: actors, arenas and conflict 6 Credits
Optional Units: Select between 0 and 1 Unit(s) from the following list:
AA00001 Choose nothing from this list of options 0 Credits
XX50134 Quantitative methods 1: introduction to quantitative methods 6 Credits
XX50136 Qualitative methods 1 6 Credits
Optional Units: Select between 2 and 3 Unit(s) from the following list:
PL50436 European union politics & policy-making 6 Credits
SP50075 Comparative European social policy 6 Credits
SP50123 Business, society and states: corporate power and accountability 6 Credits
SP50171 International family policy 6 Credits
SP50216 Economics for international development 6 Credits
SP50217 Sociology & social anthropology of development 6 Credits
SP50218 Policy & politics of developing countries 6 Credits
SP50230 Wellbeing & human development 1: concepts, measurement & policy 6 Credits
SP50242 Wellbeing assessment in public policy and development practice 6 Credits
SP50254 Foundations of international development 6 Credits
ZZ50001 Director of Studies approved unit 6 Credits

Semester 2: Taught Units

Compulsory Units
SP50144 Research for policy: concepts, methods and values 6 Credits
SP50219 Research skills and dissertation preparation for international development, wellbeing and policy analysis 6 Credits
SP50251 Policy evaluation: methods and techniques 6 Credits
Optional Units: Select between 6 and 12 Credits from the following list:
ED50300 Education, globalisation and change 6 Credits
ED50422 Education policy: society, politics and the economy 12 Credits
XX50135 Quantitative methods 2 6 Credits
XX50138 Qualitative methods 2 6 Credits
PL50764 International security: the contemporary agenda 6 Credits
SP40215 Critical issues in social development 6 Credits
SP50080 Globalisation & economic insecurity: social policy challenges 6 Credits
SP50122 Comparative research methods 6 Credits
SP50220 Management of development (MID) 6 Credits
SP50225 Globalisation 2: political economy of globalisation 6 Credits
SP50226 World politics: conflict, security & development 6 Credits
SP50253 International public policy analysis extended essay 6 Credits
ZZ50005 Director of Studies approved unit 6 Credits
Optional Units: Select between 0 and 1 Unit(s) from the following list:
AA00011 Choose nothing from this list of options 0 Credits
SP50235 South Asia regional research specialism 6 Credits
SP50236 Africa regional research specialism 6 Credits
SP50237 Latin America regional research specialism 6 Credits

Dissertation Period: Project/Dissertation Units

Compulsory Units
SP50252 Dissertation in international public policy analysis 30 Credits

* This programme catalogue is applicable for the 2011/12 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2012/13 and beyond should not assume that later years of a programme will be in the format displayed here for 2011/12.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.