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Course summary

Our MSc in Public Policy provides rigorous training in the analytical frameworks and methods required in the study of public policy. It’s ideal for those wanting professional skills to become a policy practitioner, analyst or to proceed to a PhD. You’ll explore the various methodological tools and their connections to real world problems facing governments and related organisations. You’ll learn a range of key skills including: analytical and critical thinking, research management, data analysis, report writing and presentation. Ranked 6th in the UK for Politics (Times Good University Guide 2023)


Compulsory classes: Policy Analysis, Comparative Public Policy. You'll also choose two classes from the following: Principles of Research Design, Quantitative Methods 1, Quantitative Methods 2, Qualitative Methods. Elective classes (choose two classes): International Institutions & Regimes, Principles of Research Design (if not taken as a compulsory class), Quantitative Methods 1 (if not taken as a compulsory class), Quantitative Methods 2 (if not taken as a compulsory class), Qualitative Methods (if not taken as a compulsory class), European Governance, Comparative Political Economy.

Assessment method

Methods of assessment include written assignments, blogs, podcasts, practical team projects, presentations, individual projects, and exams. Most classes involve more than one method of assessment to help you realise your potential. Taught classes make up two thirds of the total assessment. Your dissertation, produced over the summer, accounts for the remaining third.

Entry requirements

First or upper second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in social science.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £7100 Year 1
England £7100 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7100 Year 1
Wales £7100 Year 1
Channel Islands £7100 Year 1
International £16000 Year 1

Additional fee information

For information on tuition fees, additional costs and funding for this programme, please view the programme details on the University of Strathclyde website.

Sponsorship information

There are several scholarship opportunities available for students applying for this course. Please see website for further details.

Public Policy at University of Strathclyde - UCAS