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Politics and Public Policy (MSc Econ)

1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

PPP

What governments do - public policy - has a huge impact on the economy, society and the way we live. This programme is designed to enable you to develop a comprehensive understanding of the nature of public policy, how public policy is made, and how the power to make public policy is won and lost. Integral to this is the development of skills necessary to conduct advanced research in these areas. You will also have the opportunity to focus on areas of particular interest at Welsh,national, EU and/or international levels. The course is taught by leading experts and is intended to help prepare you for careers in government and in organisations that deal with government on a regular basis, such as business firms and NGOs. It also opens the way to study for a PhD.

Course Aims

To enable you to develop advanced expertise in public policy and political analysis, as well as sophisticated research skills.

Special Features

Course Description

This programme of study is designed to enable you to develop a comprehensive understanding of the nature of public policy, how public policy is made, and how the power to make public policy is won and lost, along with the skills necessary to conduct advanced research in these areas. This involves:

On completion of the programme you will be able to describe, analyse and evaluate:

Course Structure

Full time: The first semester programme for full-time students consists of four modules. These cover the main approaches to political analysis, research design, political parties, and British politics. In the second semester you take four optional modules. The dissertation, which is researched and written over the summer and comprises a third of the overall assessment, provides an opportunity to undertake research in an area of politics and public policy of particular interest.

Part time: Part-time students in the first semester of their first year of study take two modules. These cover public policy, and British politics. In the second semester you take two optional modules. In the first semester of your second year you again take two modules, this time on research design, and political parties. In the second semester you take two optional modules before researching and writing a dissertation, which comprises a third of the overall assessment and provides an opportunity to undertake research in an area of politics and public policy of particular interest.

Course Modules

Semester 1 Modules

Semester 2 Modules

Please note that module availability varies from year to year for reasons including staff availability. Modules with fewer than three students enrolled do not normally run.

Skills Acquired

Career Prospects

For employers a Master's degree in Politics and Public Policy means that you have an excellent understanding of government that will be of use whether you work in government or in the private and voluntary sectors, both of which need staff who know how to deal with government. It also means that you have sophisticated analytical, research and communications skills. For these reasons the degree opens the way for careers in a wide range of fields. These include public service at local, Welsh, national, EU and international level, business (including multinational corporations), journalism, and policy research and consultancy. The stress on research skills means that graduates are also well-placed to undertake PhDs.

Entry Requirements

Successful applicants will usually possess an initial degree in Politics, or a cognate subject with a strong Politics component, such as Business & Management, European Studies, Human Geography, Law and Social Sciences. Students are normally required to have a 2:1 Honours degree classification or equivalent qualification.

In addition, applicants whose first language is not English are required to obtain a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5, with 6.0 in each sub-section, or a minimum overall score of 94 in the internet-based TOEFL test with 24 in listening, 24 in reading, 23 in speaking and 27 in writing, or an equivalent English language qualification.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Funding

There are funding opportunities available for Masters students in the School of Politics and International Relations beginning in 2014.

Cardiff University Postgraduate Taught Scholarship Scheme (Home/EU students): The School of Politics and International Relations at Cardiff University invites applications for up to 10 competitive full-fee Masters Scholarships for Home and EU students, each worth £5,730. The scholarships are available to students wishing to study on one of the School’s Taught Masters Programmes: the MSc Econ International Relations, the MSc Econ European Governance and Public Policy, the MSc Econ Politics and Public Policy, or the MSc Econ Welsh Government and Politics.

Applicants should normally have a 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) or above, in a relevant field.

Deadline: Friday, 1 August, 2014

For more information and to apply (for Home/EU students), please visit the Postgraduate Taught Scholarships page.

International Masters Scholarships: International students are invited to apply for partial Masters funding in the amount of £5,730, which would go towards tuition fees. The scholarships are available to students wishing to study on one of the School’s Taught Masters Programmes: the MSc Econ International Relations, the MSc Econ European Governance and Public Policy, the MSc Econ Politics and Public Policy, or the MSc Econ Welsh Government and Politics.

Deadline: Friday, 1 August, 2014.

To apply for the International funding opportunities, please contact the Cardiff School of Modern Languages Postgraduate Office (Vicky Ucele) at europ-pg-admissions@cardiff.ac.uk or on +44(0)202087 4885.

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £5,730.00
  • UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £2,865.00
  • International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £13,500.00
  • International Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £6,750.00

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Vicky Ucele (PGT)  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 0824 

Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4946 

Email: europ-pg-admissions@cardiff.ac.uk  

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