24 months
5955 GBP/year
5955 GBP/year
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Rethink public policy from the ground-up and explore creative approaches to contemporary public policy strategy, design and delivery. The Public Policy degree is offered at University of Bath.

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Specifically designed for working professionals, this course combines online and intensive residential teaching.

This specialist MSc in Public Policy  at University of Bath  offers in-depth study of how public policy is made, what shapes it and how public policy professionals can make a difference in diverse contexts.

On the course, you will:

  • investigate the political, economic and social dynamics that affect contemporary public policy
  • examine how data and evidence in the digital environment are re-shaping how public policy is analysed, made and practised
  • learn how to combine theory and practice to advance creative approaches for policy design and delivery
  • develop your own policy specialism with the option to undertake work-related projects as part of your studies

Highly applied in nature, the course draws on diverse cases from policymaking globally, as well as from Europe and the UK. You will work with academics from the Institute for Policy Research, Department of Social & Policy Sciences, Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies and Department of Economics with international expertise in this area and links to senior public policy makers and experienced policy analysts.

You will leave the course with:

  • advanced understanding of the concepts and tools used in public policymaking today, their application and limitations
  • deeper knowledge of the contexts and constraints within which public policy is made
  • confidence to apply creatively different policymaking tools, identifying new ways to achieve public policy goals

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Public policy: theory, politics and practice
  • Public policy and economics
  • Evidence knowledge and data in public policy
  • Public policy case analysis
  • Either Public policy dissertation or Public policy portfolio

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above.

  • To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as politics, political economy, human or political geography, sociology, economics, international relations, security or area studies.
  • We will also consider graduates with an undergraduate degree in other subjects where you have relevant professional experience in any area of public policy.
  • We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.
  • If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK you may be exempt from our English Language requirements.

Tuition Fee

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