Governance, Economics and Public Policy

Birkbeck, University of London

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
9210 GBP/year
5970 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Governance, Economics and Public Policy programme from Birkbeck, University of London is designed to give you a more comprehensive knowledge of the complex and dynamic relationships between corporate governance, economics and public policy, as well as the relationship between organisations in the public, private and third sector, and their stakeholders.

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Following the 2008 financial crisis, there has been a heightened interest in management and British public policy and its influence on the economy and society. Reasons underpinning this interest include high profile failures in corporate governance; a growing need to demonstrate accountability, transparency and sustainability; and increasing political engagement and activism in relation to policy-making and holding political leaders to account.

This interdisciplinary MSc - involving Birkbeck’s internationally recognised Departments of Management, Politics, Economics and Geography - addresses these interests. The Governance, Economics and Public Policy  programme from Birkbeck, University of London  is also endorsed by the Progressive Economy Forum (PEF), and you will be invited to attend their public events and guest lectures.

If you work in an area of governance and public policy/politics, or if you wish to develop a career within it and/or are interested in better understanding and influencing governance and policy this programme is ideal. Birkbeck is one of the few institutions in London to offer a postgraduate qualification in this area.

Careers and Employability

raduates can pursue careers in local and national government, business, and industry. Possible professions include management consultant, political adviser, policy-maker, political leader or civil servant. This degree can also be useful in becoming a Civil Service fast streamer.

We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Corporate Governance
  • Economics: Theory, Policy and Institutions
  • Public Management: Theories and Innovations
  • Research Methods in Management (Postgraduate)
  • Environment and Policy
  • Environmental Economics
  • The Dynamics of Global Capitalism: Theory and Practice
  • Trust Social Norms and Institutions

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.
  • We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.
  • On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9210 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9210 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5970 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5970 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.


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Governance, Economics and Public Policy
Birkbeck, University of London