MA Politics, Governance and Public Policy

Department of Politics, Faculty of Social Sciences

Our new and improved courses give you the chance to learn from the very latest world-leading research into politics.

It’s one of the leading departments for research — but it’s also a very happy place, and you’ll love the experience of studying here.

Winfred Syombua, Student in the Department of Politics

About the course

September 2018 start

Winfred Syombua, student in the Department of PoliticsCourse description

This course explores the policy process across a range of regional, national and international settings, and equips you with many skills.

You will develop a critical understanding of the relationship with the input and output dimensions of governance and policymaking. You will also acquire a detailed practical understanding of the political, economic and social drivers that shape the policy process.


  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars


  • Essays
  • Dissertation
  • Group work

Course duration

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

Part-time study involves the same number of credits and learning hours spread over two academic years.

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 strong 2:1 honours degree) in a relevant social science, arts and humanities, or related subject.

English Language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

Entry requirements for international students

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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

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

You'll need to submit a personal statement (at least 300 words) and two academic references.

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Any questions?

If you’d like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Sue Kelk
T: +44 (0)114 222 1642

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.