Explore the key themes that drive the creation of public policies – how they are made, framed, brought to life and managed. What makes the cogs of international organisations turn? What are the motivations, ambitions and factors that are considered and acted upon to shape the world as we know it?
You'll graduate with the specialist expertise to conduct high quality research in public policy and administration. You'll be well supported as you develop the knowledge most desired by professionals for a career in policy advising, lobbying, political research, journalism and academia.
Careers and skills
From political research to journalism, marketing and HR, a masters degree in Public Administration and Public Policy leads to a broad range of career opportunities.
The students of the Public Administration and Public Policy course from University of York have found work in central or local government, non-governmental organisations, community and voluntary organisations, social enterprise, higher education, accountancy and banking organisations, law firms, media companies and international and global development bodies.
Recent graduates work in the legal profession and as senior policy analysts for a variety of government and non-governmental agencies. It is also an excellent pathway to further study, in public administration and political science. Other popular employers include:
- Local councils
- Civil Service / Home Office/ House of Commons
- Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- Professional services / Accountancy firms - notably PwC, EY, KPMG
- Joseph Rowntree Foundation
- Development charities including the International Committee of the Red Cross
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- Theories of the Policy Process
- Comparative Institutions and Public Policy
- Public Management & Delivery
- Principles of Policy Advice
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- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
Applications can be submitted year-round, but we recommend you apply as early as possible as entry to many courses is competitive.
DisciplinesPublic Administration Public Policy View 56 other Masters in Public Administration in United Kingdom
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- 2:1 or equivalent. We are willing to consider applicants with lower qualifications, particularly if you have high marks in relevant modules and/or appropriate professional experience. Additional information may be requested.
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International18700 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 18700 GBP per year during 12 months.
National8440 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 8440 GBP per year during 12 months.
Part-time (2 years)
- UK: £4,220
- International/EU: £9,350
Living costs for York
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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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.