United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

The Public Policy MA is a multidisciplinary course that covers policy making and analysis, comparative public policy, public sector economics, governance and public management. You will focus on the critical issues and key developments relating to public policy, such as governance, globalisation and policy evaluation. This course will equip you with the analytical and critical skills relevant for understanding the challenges of public policy and its implementation.

Key benefits:

  • You will learn to think analytically and independently about key issues and develop essential skills to support critical policy and qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Project placement (internship) providing you with future employment opportunities and the chance to study different public service areas.
  • A highly flexible study programme, drawing on a broad range of professional and disciplinary expertise and experience.
  • Regular speakers from UK-based government departments, public sector bodies, NGOs and policymaking units who discuss the implementation and evaluation of public services policies.

Who should take this course

A relevant UK honours degree of 2:1 standard; applicants with degree/professional qualification and at least three years experience in government or NGO service may also be eligible.



Course content

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits. King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study.

Required Modules:

You are required to take the following modules:

  • The Policy Process (20 credits)
  • Comparative Public Policy (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Modules:

MA Public Policy students are required to take 180 credits. 100 credits out of the 180 credits include two compulsory modules (The Policy Process and Comparative Public Policy) which are 20 credits each as well as a core dissertation which is 60 credits.

In addition, you are required to take 80 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Public Policy Internship (20 credits)
  • Liberty, Equality & Justice (20 credits)
  • The Media & Public Policy (20 credits)
  • From Blair to Brexit: Britain since 1997 (20 credits)
  • The Political Economy of Corruption (20 credits)
  • The New Political Economy of the Media (20 credits)
  • Gender, Politics and Public Policy (20 credits)
  • Democracy in the United Kingdom (20 credits)
  • London: History and Governance (20 credits)
  • Parties, Voters and Political Culture (20 credits)
  • Elections & Globalisation (20 credits)
  • No. 10, The Cabinet and UK Central Government: Leadership and Coordination (20 credits)
  • Liberty, Equality and Justice: Political Theory and Public Policy (20 credits)
  • The History of the Prime Minister 1979-2015 - in partnership with No10 Downing Street (20 credits)
  • The Treasury and an Introduction to Economic History - in partnership with HM Treasury (offered by Strand Group) (20 credits)
  • The Blair Years (offered by the Strand Group) (20 credits)

Students may take a maximum of 40 optional credits from level 7 modules outside of their programme's approved module list, subject to approval by the Course Director. Students may also take an additional non assessed 20 credit modern language module in addition to their 180 credits. Part-time students complete compulsory modules in their first year and the dissertation in their second year.


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About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.

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