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University of Birmingham - College of Social Sciences MA/PGDip in Global Public Policy
University of Birmingham - College of Social Sciences

MA/PGDip in Global Public Policy

Birmingham, United Kingdom

1 Years


Full time, Part time

30 Aug 2024

Sep 2024

GBP 10,530 / per year *


* For Home students: MA Global Public Policy £10,530, PGDip Global Public Policy with Integrated Placement £7,020 | For International students: MA £25,290, PGDip £16,860


Policymaking is becoming an increasingly complex process in the 21st Century. The context in which we make policy is radically changing, alongside the nature of the issues policymakers are required to address.

Traditional models of policymaking are facing challenges from below, through the drive to devolution, and from above, as supranational forms of governance continue to evolve. Alongside, these developments, social issues, such as pollution, crime, and migration, increasingly transcend national boundaries, to present further challenges to policymakers.

The MA/PGDip in Global Public Policy programme seeks to understand the ways that policy is formulated within this evolving and dynamic context, by drawing on the core concepts of policy analysis and theories of policy change. It will offer insights into the policy actors, coalitions and forms of evidence, that shape the creation of both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ policy, as well as provide a detailed understanding of the policymaking architecture that characterises local, regional and supranational institutions.

Moreover, the programme will explore the social, political, economic and historical contexts in which policy is formulated and the ways that power influences policy formulation.

As well as considering theories of the policy process, the programme offers the opportunity to study across a range of global policy issues and social problems, such as poverty, migration, crime, and homelessness, to understand these theories in action.

Through a suite of module options, students can tailor the curriculum to match their interests and career plans. For those students interested in gaining experience in the workplace, we have pathways that incorporate a placement module.


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