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Public Policy

Swansea University

12 months
17850 GBP/year
8150 GBP/year
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The Public Policy programme from Swansea University gives dynamic, high level training in the study of public policy and policy making at international, national and sub-state levels.

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You will receive a solid grounding in key theoretical approaches to the study of public policy, and significantly develop your knowledge and skills around the subject.

This Public Policy programme from Swansea University concentrates on the skills required to work across the public policy landscape, which is today increasingly characterised by change and interdependence.

Therefore it also has relevance to evolving skills and knowledge if you are targeting a career in public policy research, policy advice, lobbying, public sector management or journalism. Or if you are already employed in the field.

You study three compulsory 20-credit international relations modules, and a further three optional modules before taking a 60-credit dissertation project in the second part of the course.

The three compulsory modules are: conceptual issues in the theory and practice of social sciences, the policy making process, and comparative governance in complex systems.

A compelling mix of further optional modules span from war and space to politics in contemporary Britain, and from cyber governance to devolution in comparative perspective.

Career opportunities

You will develop a deep level of knowledge around public policy, as well as excellent oral and writing skills.

Graduates of the MA in Public Policy go on to careers in government and politics, local government, business, media and PR.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Conceptual Issues In the Theory and Practice of Social Sciences
  • The Policy Making Process
  • Comparative Governance in Complex Systems
  • Analysing Politics and International Relations
  • Politics in Contemporary Britain
  • Rights-based Approaches to Development

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
First Class

Other requirements

General requirements

The typical entry requirement is a first degree in any background, normally a lower second (average 55 per cent) or above or equivalent. Overseas students are expected to possess an IELTS score of 6.5.

Tuition Fee

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    17850 GBP/year
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  • National

    8150 GBP/year
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Part-time (2 years) fees:

  • UK students: £ 4,050
  • International students: £ 8,950
Part-time (3 years) fees:
  • UK students: £ 2,700
  • International students: £ 5,950

Living costs for Swansea

727 - 1379 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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