MA Public Policy and the Environment
This cross-disciplinary MA is grounded in a political science understanding of general public policy-making and change. It takes you through the main theories, models and concepts and how these are applied to policy making, comparing environmental, social and other areas of public policy. You will also study decision-making about the environment more widely, including individual and cultural framings, values, and societal changes, whilst also taking optional studies in politics, international development or law.
The course benefits from world-leading expertise from both the School of Political, Social and International Studies and the School of Environmental Sciences. It appeals to people from a wide variety of backgrounds across the world, including practitioners and activists seeking deeper understanding of decision-making processes, as well as environmental scientists and politics graduates looking to specialise their skills. In addition to our diverse academic approach, we also host a rich programme of research seminars, visiting speakers, panel debates and high-profile public events to further your learning outside the classroom.
Our teaching is delivered through lectures and small group seminars which build your employability by honing skills such as independent research, oral presentations, team and project work and critical analysis of arguments. This course provides a wide range of career opportunities with enough choice of modules to allow either career specialism in environmental issues, or a broader focus.
Several of the MA programmes have Economic and Social Research Council (ERSC) recognition. This means that they meet national criteria for the training of social scientists. These skills are very valuable to a wide range of careers.