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Policy Studies

The University of Edinburgh

12 months
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25300 GBP/year
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About

The MSc in Policy Studies at The University of Edinburgh covers both the theories and approaches to understanding and engaging with policy work, as well as applying these theories and approaches to policy making in a practice-oriented way through case study learning.

Overview

What are the factors that shape the policy decisions taken by governments at supranational, national and local levels? How do these decisions interact and impact on society and on the economy?

Answering such questions effectively requires an interdisciplinary understanding of the field of public policy, drawing insights especially from social, policy, politics, sociology and economics.

With a particular focus on the social and economic policy fields that are at the heart of modern welfare states, the MSc Public Policy offers an advanced understanding of the political, social and economic context of policy-making and government activity in modern societies.

The degree, based in the School of Social and Political Science, draws on the School's multi-disciplinary expertise across different fields of public policy, with a focus that ranges from the local to the global.

Career opportunities

The MSc in Policy Studies at The University of Edinburgh opens up a wide variety of career opportunities and scope for further study.

Recent graduates of our policy programmes have gone on to employment within government at European, national and sub-national local levels, as parliamentary assistants/researchers, in the health and education administrations, with a range of think tanks and policy consultancies and in the charity/voluntary sector.

Others have progressed to doctoral study at the University of Edinburgh and other world-leading research Universities in a number of countries.

Programme Structure

The programme will be delivered through lectures, seminars, group work and guided independent study.

You will complete three taught courses per semester, one of which is compulsory, the other two optional.

Compulsory courses

  • Political Issues in Public Policy (Semester 1)
  • Policy in Action (Semester 2)

Dissertation

After successfully completing the taught modules you will work towards an independently researched dissertation.

You can undertake a standard dissertation or potentially a placement-based dissertation, which can be undertaken in the UK or abroad.

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

180 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    16200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16200 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part-time fees per year

  • Home: £8,100
  • International/EU: £12,650

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

 

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