This structure is for new students and those who registered after 1 July 2018.
Current students who registered before this date can find their programme structure here.
|Programme convenor:||Dr Alberto Asquer|
|Fee:||£7,000. For full information on fees and payment options, visit our Fees page.|
|Programme start:||October / January / April / June|
Formulated for people working in policy-making and advisory capacities, this Diploma provides an overview of the variety of approaches to public policy and management from a historical and comparative perspective. The modules move through techniques of policy analysis and implementation to discussion of particular policy issues. The module materials cover a range of policy issues and a variety of socio-economic contexts, levels of government and regime types.
If you have any further questions about the overall programme content and its suitability for you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Modules and programme structure
You will study four modules selected from the list below.
- Decentralisation and Local GovernanceM404
- Macroeconomic Policy and Financial MarketsM425
- Privatisation and Public Private PartenershipsM411
- Project, Programme and Policy EvaluationM479
- Public Policy and Management: Perspectives and IssuesM400
- Public Policy and StrategyM412
- Regulation of Infrastructure and Utilities †M480
- Research MethodsM453
- The IMF and Economic PolicyM413
† This module will run for the last time in 2020/21.
Graduates in Policy Studies are likely to work in government, at national and sub-national levels, both as politicians and officials, within international organisations offering help to governments, in consultancies in public sector analysis and reform, and in NGOs operating in development and service delivery fields.
This programme takes a minimum of one year to complete. Each module lasts 10 weeks. You are registered for a maximum of five years.
Education and experience
You should have a recognised UK Bachelor's degree, or international equivalent, in a social science discipline. Qualifications in other subjects will be assessed on their merits. Your application may be considered if you have previous education and experience, equivalent to a degree-level qualification, which includes suitable preliminary training.
For all of our modules you are required to have a high level of English language ability in reading and writing and in study skills.
If your first degree was not taught in English, you will need to provide evidence of language ability. You will meet the English language requirement if you have passed any of the following within the past three years:
- (IELTS) International English Language Testing System (Academic) with an overall score of 7.0 or above, including a minimum of 7.0 on the written sub-test
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) with an overall score of 67 or above, including a minimum of 67 attained on each of the reading, writing, speaking and listening elements
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English with an overall score of 185 or above, including a minimum of 185 attained on each of the reading, writing, speaking and listening sub-tests
- (TOEFL) iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language with an overall score of 95 or above, including a minimum of 24 attained on the reading and writing skills sub-tests and a minimum of 25 attained on the speaking sub-test and 22 attained on the listening sub-test.
You are required to have internet access to participate in this programme.