University of Bristol

Social Sciences

MSc Public Policy


Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road

Second Floor, Union Building, Queen's Road, Clifton

Bristol, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc Public Policy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

What is public policy? Who are the key actors and which institutions are involved? Who is it shaped by and how does it have an impact on an economic, social and cultural environment that is increasingly globalised?

This programme investigates the international public policy environment in terms of global political economy and the impact of business, voluntary sector and public policy agents in the field of multi-level governance. The programme encompasses both a theoretical understanding of the policy process and models of appraisal with a practical orientation to evaluating research evidence.

As well as considering generic policy concerns, the programme gives you an opportunity to choose from a range of substantive policy issues. These include: the economics of public policy; poverty and social exclusion; penal policy; cities, housing and public policy; health and public policy; migration, asylum; and sustainability. All the programme units consider policy in an international and comparative context.

Programme structure

Core units

  • Governance, Institutions and the Global Political Economy
  • Informing and Evaluating Policy: Research Methods and Analysis
  • Power Politics and the Policy Process

Optional units

Optional units can vary, but may include:

  • The Economics of Public Policy
  • Gender and Violence: International and Global Perspectives
  • An International Analysis of Poverty and Social Exclusion
  • Social Policy and Social Change in East Asia
  • Public Management and Organisations
  • Critical Policy Studies and the Internationalisation of Public Policy
  • The State of Labour
  • International Analysis of crime, harm and justice
  • Environmental policy and social justice
  • Migration, asylum and human rights
  • EU and global perspectives
  • Public Policy for a complex and uncertain world


You must complete a dissertation of 15,000 words. The dissertation accounts for 60 credit points. You begin work in late April and must submit by September.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS English language 6.5 overall, minimum 6.0 in all bands or equivalent

Facts & Figures

Out State Tuition (per year): 19,000 GBP

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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