MA
2021 start

Politics, Governance and Public Policy

Department of Politics and International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences

Gain an in-depth understanding of the relationship between governance and public policymaking. This course is designed to balance state-of-the-art academic research with real-world examples to prepare you for the policymaking world.
Postgraduate politics students reading at desk

Course description

This course explores the complexity of contemporary governance and its effects on the policymaking process.  You will examine the different actors involved in policymaking across a range of regional, national and international settings, and will identify the powers available to such actors to influence policy.  You will also acquire a detailed understanding of the wider political, economic and social considerations that shape the policy process.

Apply now

Modules

Core modules

  • Analysing the Policy Process
  • Understanding Politics
  • Research and Dissertation Preparation
  • Dissertation in Politics, Governance & Public Policy

Core module descriptions

Optional modules

A range, including:

  • Democratic Governance in the Twenty-first Century: Problems, Innovations and Solutions
  • Politics and Governance of the European Union
  • Policymaking in the Real World
  • Wellbeing in Politics and Policy

Explore more optional modules

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

Duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

We’re looking for outstanding and enthusiastic students for our courses.

You can apply to us with a good degree (first-class or 2:1 honours degree) in a relevant social science, arts and humanities, or related subject.

All of our courses require an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

Apply

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

Apply now

Contact

politics-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 1641

Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

Explore this course:

    Dr Alasdair Cochrane

    Our masters courses are so exciting because you’ll have the opportunity to develop a genuine specialism in your area of study. As researchers it’s a real pleasure to share your latest work—in my case, on the political theory of animal rights—with students who are eager to learn and challenge!

    Dr Alasdair Cochrane
    Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics
    POLT95 Off