12 months
22950 GBP/year
10170 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This exciting Global Public Policy programme from University of Birmingham seeks to understand the ways that policy is formulated within this evolving and dynamic context, by drawing on the core concepts of policy analysis and theories of policy change. 


It will offer insights into the policy actors, coalitions and forms of evidence, that shape the creation of both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ policy, as well as providing a detailed understanding of the policy making architecture that characterises local, regional and supranational institutions. Moreover, the Global Public Policy programme from University of Birmingham will explore the social, political, economic and historic contexts in which policy is formulated and the ways that power influences policy formulation.

As well as considering theories of the policy process, the programme offers the opportunity to study across a range of global policy issues and social problems, such as poverty, migration, crime, and homelessness, to understand these theories in action. 

Through a suite of module options students can tailor the curriculum to match their interests and career plans. For those students interested in gaining experience in the workplace, we have pathways that incorporate a placement module. 


The programme is designed for those who intend to pursue a range of policy related careers, within local, regional or global policymaking institutions and will equip you to work across a number of policy domains.  It will equip you with the policy analysis skills necessary to examine and evaluate policy outcomes; alongside, a broader range of social research methods required to research substantive policy issues.  

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Policy Futures: Theories and Concepts in International Policymaking 
  • Global Public Policy Institutions and Networks 
  • Dissertation 
  • Globalisation, International Migration and Citizenship 
  • Migration, Superdiversity, Policy and Practice
  • Third Sector in Social Policy
  • Crime and Social Harm

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

For entry onto this programme you will normally have an undergraduate degree of at least a 2:1. Applicants with a 2:2 degree classification will be considered on a case by case basis, if you have extensive related work experience. Speakers of English as a second language will be required to hold an IELTs 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each band or equivalent qualification.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22950 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22950 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    10170 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10170 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.


  • MA Global Public Policy with Integrated Placement £8,100 in year 1 and £3,900 in Year 2
  • PGDip Global Public Policy with Integrated Placement £6,780
  • MA Global Public Policy with Integrated Placement £19,020 in year 1 and £9,180 in year 2.
  • PGDip Global Public Policy with Integrated Placement £15,300

Living costs for Birmingham

765 - 1134 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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