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Public Policy - MA (Full-Time/Part-Time, 2019 Entry)

Why do bad ideas become policy and good ideas languish for years? Does democracy get in the way of policy, or is the policy profession itself anti-democratic? Governments are facing more complex demands every day. If we want to make a difference in the world, we need to understand the limits and possibilities of policy making in modern democracies.


This programme combines an understanding of descriptive and normative theory with the practice of policy analysis and our world-leading work on transnational policy-making. You will identify and analyse the main traditions of policy studies, the core concepts of policy analysis, and theories of policy change.

Related Degrees:

Core Module:

Optional Modules:

You will select 40 CATS (normally 2 modules) from a list of specialist of modules for this course, and a further 40 CATS from our extensive range of optional modules. Previously options have included:

  • Secrecy and Spies: British Intelligence in the Modern
  • Contemporary Challenges in Global Economic Governance

Optional module lists are updated regularly and we will publish these here.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

Teaching:

Modules are taught via one 2-hour seminar per week. Seminars give you the opportunity to interact with leading scholars as well as with your peers to explore a set topic each week. Every seminar will be based on extensive guided reading you will do each week, but there is no strict pattern to how sessions are run. This may include mini-lectures followed by discussion, Q&A sessions, organised debates, peer presentations, policy briefs, small group work, and other projects.

Contact Hours:

6 hours of Seminars per week for 9 weeks in Terms 1 and 2 plus advice and feedback hours when requested and Dissertation supervision in Terms 2 and 3.

Class Sizes:

A maximum of 18 per seminar group in PAIS delivered modules.

Assessment:

PAIS modules are assessed entirely by research essays throughout the year, culminating in a 10,000 word dissertation at the end.

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including:

  • Conservative Party
  • PWC
  • Royal Bank of Scotland

They have progressed into roles such as:

  • Management Consultant
  • Business Analyst
  • Party Chairman’s Correspondence Assistant

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Essential information

Course Code

P-M9PF (P-M9PFP for part-time)

Duration

Full-time: 1 year

(September 2019 - September 2020)

Part-time: 2 years

(September 2019 - September 2021)

Entry Requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English Language Requirements

Band B

IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.

Department of Study

Politics and International Studies

Location of Study

University of Warwick

Course Fees

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Scholarships

In 2017, the department offered four £5,000 tuition awards for Home and EU offer holders and four £10,000 tuition awards for Overseas offer holders. There was also one Merit-based,
full fee scholarship available to Indian-domiciled PAIS MA offer holder.

Additional Course Costs

There may be additional costs associated with studying this programme, such as field trips, specially organised events, materials bench fees or studio hire. You should consider these costs when deciding whether or not to accept this offer. You can find this information here.

Find out more about fees and funding on the University website.

 

How to Apply

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This information is applicable for 2019 entry.