MA in Public Policy

MA in Public Policy

The Programme

Public policy affects all areas of our lives including decisions on health, welfare, housing, education, security, international development, energy and climate change, to name but a few. Furthermore, public policy is not just a domestic concern, but the ability of countries to control their own destinies is heavily influenced by the decisions of other countries and international agencies.

These issues provide the focus for the Masters in Public Policy offered by the School of Politics, Economics and International Relations at the University of Reading. The one-year degree offers strong training in research methods relevant to public policy, coupled with the ability to specialise in the economics or politics of public policy (or mix the two) and the opportunity to undertake an extended project linked to a placement. The programme is designed to appeal to those wishing to follow careers in the public service or in NGOs, including international agencies. The teaching staff are specialists in their fields and will bring  the results of their own cutting-edge research to the programme, including work that has been carried out for governments and international agencies. One of the distinctive features of our programme is the synergies that arise from involvement in a School that specialises in both Economics and Politics.

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This course has been Labelled by Climate-KIC - a knowledge and Innovation Community that works with existing and relevant Master's courses to enhance them with complementary learning.


To learn more about this opportunity and to apply, please visit the Climate-KIC website or get in touch with Lisa McElhinney ( directly.

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How we teach you

You don't just sit in seminars and lectures; we offer you a dynamic, interdisciplinary and stimulating learning environment, with plenty of opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding outside of the classroom.


The University is just a 30-minute train journey to London, a major hub of political, financial and policy making activity. The short distance makes it very easy for us to arrange trips to relevant organisations and institutions during your studies. 


You will be given the opportunity to study abroad or undertake an internship or placement while you study. It's a great way for you to apply your academic knowledge in a practical way, and you can also receive formal credit towards your degree for placement learning.

Putting Policy into Practice

Through our Policy in Practice sessions we have hosted a distinguished group of speakers hailing from different government departments, NGOs, think tanks and consultancies. These workshops give our students and staff the opportunity to learn about the nature of policy making directly from the policy-making community.

For more information please download the programme specification for MA Public Policy (PDF)

Entry Requirements

Students should have a good first degree in Politics, Economics, International Relations or in related fields. Students with practical experience in the field are also encouraged to apply.

Career prospects

Students with a postgraduate degree in Public Policy will look to pursue careers in a wide range of areas in government, civil service, business, research, journalism, teaching and the work of non-governmental organisations. This degree is of particular relevance to those wishing to pursue a career in the international sphere of public service or with the domestic or foreign service of their home state. A number of students also go on to further postgraduate studies at PhD level.

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Scholarship Opportunity

6 scholarships of £3,000 each for international students and 4 scholarships of £1,500 each are available for UK/EU students offered admission to:

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