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Politics and Public Policy, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #101 (ARWU) Cardiff, United Kingdom
This Politics and Public Policy  programme from Cardiff University is designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of policy analysis and governance within a multi-level context – from local to international settings.
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Overview

This Politics and Public Policy  programme from Cardiff University is designed to give you advanced analytical and conceptual skills to critically evaluate politics and public policy at multiple levels of governance. It also provides a thorough training in analytical methods and approaches (qualitative and quantitative) used for conducting research in these areas. This involves:

  • a core of modules designed to provide a solid foundation of knowledge and understanding in politics and public policy;
  • specialisation in areas of politics and public policy of particular interest to you at local, Welsh, UK, EU and international levels;
  • learning activities, such as student presentations and group work, designed to refine a range of transferable skills including communication, organisational and interpersonal skills.

Distinctive features

  • Vocational relevance
  • Covers Welsh, UK, European and international levels of governance
  • Develops advanced research skills.

Career

A Master's degree in Politics and Public Policy demonstrates that you have an excellent understanding of government and policy-making at multiple level of governance that will be of use in a wide range of roles within the public, private and third sectors. You will also have advanced analytical, research and communications skills, including the ability to independently solve problems and make decisions in challenging situations. For these reasons, the degree opens the way for careers in a wide range of fields. These include a variety of roles at local, Welsh, UK, EU and international levels within the public, private and third sectors. The stress on research skills and independent study also means that graduates are well-placed to continue their academic studies and undertake PhDs.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Dissertation
  • The Law of Devolution in Wales
  • Public International Law
  • Contemporary Welsh Politics
  • Research Methods: Approaches to Knowledge
  • Public Policy

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Suitable for graduates who normally possess a 2:1 degree classification in International Relations, Politics, English, Modern Languages, History, Religious Studies, Geography, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Social Policy and Journalism.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18200 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8450 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8450 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Cardiff

  • 628 - 1070 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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