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Public Policy MA/PGDip




What will I learn?

Course overview

You only have to look at the headlines to understand issues with things like food, health, education, and poverty that are faced on a daily basis by society. Governments implement public policies to ensure people's needs are met. However, these policies are not always seen to be beneficial to all communities.

On this course, you'll understand how policies are developed, managed, implemented and evaluated, with examples from all over the world. You'll also be encouraged to challenge existing theories and concepts. You'll be taught by active researchers and influencers in areas of public management, policy analysis and social policy.

Your knowledge will help you in your career to improve practice and potentially the lives of thousands of people. Some of our graduates have pursued careers in the public and voluntary sectors as managers and policy analysts.

Students can also exit with PGDip awards.

Graduate destinations

If you have previously studied politics, sociology, law, geography, finance, economics or a science subject, this course enables you to further your knowledge for a career in the broad policy community. It is also suitable if you are already working in the public or not-for-profit sector and wish to enhance your career prospects.

Our postgraduates have pursued careers in the public and voluntary sectors as public sector managers and policy analysts and gone on to work for organisations such as:

  • Stonewall
  • Youth Movement for Reform Judaism and Zionism
  • Nottingham Labour Party
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Mitsubishi
  • Sky
  • Taylor Wessing

Which department am I in?

School of Sociology and Social Policy

Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
£26,500.00 (US$ 31,968) per year
PGDip: £17,667

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

25 September 2023


University Park Campus

University of Nottingham,


NG7 2RJ, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students offering a Bachelor's degree from an American university are welcome to apply for a Masters programme. For most programmes we look for a GPA of at least 3.0. Students need to have IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

For international students

2:1 (or international equivalent) in any discipline or 2:2 (or international equivalent) in any discipline with one year of working experience in national or local governments, public sector or third/voluntary sector organisations. IELTS - 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element); TOEFL (iBT) - 87 (with a minimum of 20 in speaking and 19 in all other elements).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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