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MSc

Politics and Public Policy

International security
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Course duration: One year full-time, two years part-time

Following recent global events, politics—as we know it—is in crisis. Alongside the gradual decline in ‘formal’ political engagement, there has arisen a deep suspicion of the twentieth-century promise of globalisation, and in this so-called ‘post-truth’ context many of the values and institutions of the liberal democratic order have been brought into question. This includes debates concerning the role of the citizen and reconsideration of various public policies.

This combined MSc Politics and Public Policy course offers you the opportunity to undertake an active and current study of Politics and Public Policy at an advanced level.

The combined course provides you with the skills and knowledge necessary for exploring the link between politics and policymaking today, particularly with respect to the role of various formal and informal actors, processes and institutions which shape democracy and policies affecting daily life.

What you'll study

*We are currently reviewing the content of our courses to ensure that they remain relevant and current to out students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.

The MSc Politics and Public Policy has been designed to provide a challenging contemporary curriculum which reflects the link between politics and policymaking. It also provides you with a powerful sense of the development of thought in the subjects and also enables you to obtain an advanced understanding and practice of a range of methods and methodologies available to support research.

The course joins existing provisions and is a collaboration between the MA Politics and MSc Public Policy offered within the Department of Politics and international Relations, enabling students to access a wide range of specialised knowledge.

The course may serve as an appropriate pathway to doctoral studies for those who may wish to advance in academia. It will provide you with the opportunity to take part in exciting contemporary discussions of politics and public policy, not only focusing on core theoretical concepts, but also on key trends and developments. It is designed to promote deep knowledge, understanding and experience of both domestic and international political institutions, processes, actors—including the public—and how they influence the policy process and its outcomes.

  • Course modules

    Core modules

    Theory and Trends in Public Policy (30 credits)

    This module is designed to help students obtain foundational knowledge – both theoretical and practical - in the study of Public Policy. Students will critically engage with the theories, concepts, and heuristics of public policy and the policy process.  Students will also gain knowledge of and critically assess current issues and trends in public policy and the field.

    The module strategically combines traditional and existing approaches to policy studies with creative and online learning tools.

    Citizens, Values and Political Participation (30 credits)

    This module seeks to enable students to understand the relationships between citizens, the democratic process and political institutions in contemporary Britain. It is concerned with examining changing patterns of political participation and political action, changes in citizens’ democratic values, and how these trends are affecting democratic politics and public support for democracy.

    Researching Political Issues (30 credits)

    The aim of this module is to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the methods, techniques, and processes that are involved in the research of Politics and International Relations. The first section of the module will develop your awareness of exactly what advanced social research entails. The second section of the module will seek to deepen and enhance the knowledge gained in section one, with a series of guest speakers offering you insights as to their own experiences of researching Politics and International Relations.

    Dissertation or Work-based Experience (60 credits)

    The final core component of this course offers students the opportunity to produce a 12,000-word dissertation, which is the summation of the MA coursework and is a major opportunity to do work which is at once creative, which stretches students’ imagination, and which meets rigorous standards for quality work in the chosen research area. Moreover, the skills gained when working on the project will be of crucial importance when students consider their career and its development.

    The other option involves a period of work-based learning, spending time engaging with a chosen institution or community-based organisation, either in the local Nottinghamshire community or further afield. Here, in contrast to the development of a research proposal geared for the completion of a standard 12,000 word dissertation, your assessment will comprise a research plan of how you intend to draw on your experiences, which ultimately will culminate in a written work-based project of a maximum of 10,000 words.

    You will also choose one of the following optional modules (30 credits each):

    • Law and Policy for Social Work
    • Education Policy and Practice
    • Service Learning
    • International Politics of Health
    • Sustainability, Citizenship and Identity
    • Negotiating in International Contexts
    • Gender and Security
    • Global Governance and International Institutions

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

You will have the opportunity to participate in Department led events, which focus on the practical side of policy making.

How you’re taught

A wide-range of traditional and experiential teaching methods are employed on the course. These may include discussion-based seminars, online teaching and learning sessions, interactive workshops, traditional lectures, and presentations and collaborative project-based work. These sessions are designed to engage students through problem-solving, sharing ideas, giving and receiving feedback and teaching each other.

The course also benefits from activities and research seminars taking place within the Department of Politics and International Relations and across the School of Social Sciences. You will have the option to partake in various events focusing on politics and policy. Activities range from negotiation simulations, guest lectures by politicians and practitioners, to problem-solving activities.

Assessment methods

Assessment on the course involves coursework, conducting your own research piece, individual and group class presentations and a reflective assessment. To encourage and facilitate independent learning the course will take full advantage of NTU's online workspace (NOW).

Moreover, the assessment methods enable students to develop and strengthen transferable skills, thus supporting their employability profile. The Politics and International Relations Employability Coordinator, together with NTU’s employability team, will assist in developing a professional portfolio that can be used when applying for internships, professional employment or further study.

An active research environment

Teaching on the course is drawn directly from regionally aligned research strengths in the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, the Indian sub-continent, and Europe. This research feeds directly into the course allowing you to learn about the latest issues in this field from world-renowned experts.

In-sessional English language support

In-sessional English language support classes are available to all international (non-EU) students studying on degree courses at NTU. There is no extra charge for these classes.

Teaching is from a truly international team who have regionally aligned specialisms and experience.

Careers and employability

As MSc Politics and Public Policy graduates, you will have the opportunity to reflect on the subject and transferable skills learnt while preparing coursework. These include expertise in writing complex, yet concise, analytical pieces, developing and implementing projects, interpersonal communication, diplomatic and negotiation skills, problem-solving, and the ability to present in-depth ideas with confidence. You will be offered encouragement and assistance in articulating those skills in relation to occupations that may be of interest to you.

Graduates from this course are ready to undertake a wide range of careers and professions. Previous graduates from within the Department of Politics and International Relations have gone on to work in relevant government departments as well as joined international aid and development agencies.

Employability team

Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course. Find out more about the service.

Our optional modules will see you develop your diplomatic and negotiation skills as well as your ability to form reasoned arguments and speak confidently in public.

Entry requirements

Applying with prior qualifications

  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (normally 2.2 or above).

If you hold a first degree but it doesn't meet the entry requirements above, please refer to the information below.

Applying with non-standard entry qualifications/experience

  • Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. You will be required to demonstrate how your experiences and knowledge would enable you to study this course at Masters-level in your Personal Statement.

No references are required when applying for this course.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Applying with prior qualifications

  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (normally a 2.2 or above).

If you hold a first degree but it doesn't meet the entry requirements above, please refer to the information below.

Applying with non-standard entry qualifications/experience

  • Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. You will be required to demonstrate how your experiences and knowledge would enable you to study this course at Masters-level in your Personal Statement.

No references are required when applying for this course.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

Please contact the Course Leader for further information and keep checking the course page for more updates.

Open days

The School of Social Sciences holds open events throughout the year. Come along and learn more about our courses, speak to programme leaders and find out about studying with the School.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or support, you can call our Admissions Team on +44 (0)115 848 4200, or email applications@ntu.uk.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please contact the Course Leader for further information and keep checking the course page for more updates

Getting in touch

If you need more help or support, you can call our Admissions Team on +44 (0)115 848 4200, or email applications@ntu.uk.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019 entry (2020 fees TBC)

Study routeHome (UK/EU students)
Full-time£7,000
Part-time (cost per year of study)£3,500 (for Year One*)

Fees may be subject to change.

* Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

There are numerous sources of funding available for postgraduate students, both from external sources such as the Government and funding bodies, and from the University.

There are two main costs involved with postgraduate study: the cost of your tuition fees which is paid directly to the University, and living expenses such as accommodation, travel and food.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies, We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our postgraduate fees and funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Fees for 2019 entry (2020 fees TBC)

Study routeInternational
Full-time£14,500
Part-time (cost per year of study)£7,250 (for Year One*)

Fees may be subject to change.

* Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

For more information on these and other opportunities for funding please visit our international scholarships page.

For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Still need help?

School of Social Sciences Enquiries
+44 (0)115 848 4460