- How does the policy making process work at the international level?
- Why are some global problems, such as poverty, so difficult to solve?
- How might states, international organisations, NGOs and the private sector better cooperate to solve global problems?
Combining the study of international relations with an analysis of public policy formulation and state governance, this programme will provide you with an advanced understanding of how political institutions and processes operate in international politics, and how policy is made. You will be introduced to central issues such as theories of the policy-making process, alongside current themes and issues in international politics.
This programme will:
- Provide a strong core training in international relations and public policy
- Allow you to choose from a wide range of option modules that best reflect your interests
- Develop a strong grasp of the theoretical tools and empirical evidence necessary for an in-depth understanding of policy-making in international politics.
Why study your MSc in International Public Policy at QMUL?
The School of Politics and International Relations is committed to developing, maintaining and supporting excellent and innovative teaching and research amongst its faculty, and to fostering independent learning and critical thinking among our students. We are placed 14th in the country for the percentage of our 3* and 4* research outputs (the best published research), meaning that you will be personally taught by academics who are leaders in their field:
- An innovative approach to policy making within the field of international politics, with special attention paid to the organisation and institutions of global governance
- Flexible programme with a large number of optional modules
- Taught by research active faculty members who are expert in cutting-edge areas such as the politics of global health, World Bank policy, and the rise of emerging powers in the developing world
- Close to the heart of UK politics, the School enjoys close links to practitioners in London.
There is also the Mile End Institute, a major policy centre at Queen Mary University of London. Drawing on its unique location within a Russell Group University situated in London’s East End, it brings together policymakers, academics and diverse local communities to address the major political challenges in the UK. They hold a number of exciting and engaging events throughout the year that are open to students.
You will have access to QMUL's comprehensive libraries, which include extensive online resources. You will also be able to use the main University of London Library at Senate House. The British Library can also be easily accessed as a research resource.
The School of Politics and International Relations runs a lively range of extra-curricular seminars and groups at that you can attend to complement your studies, including events run by our various research centres.
If you are a Distance Learning Student, as well as online lectures, your course materials will be also available online and you will also receive the support of a dedicated tutor.
The MSc in International Public Policy is currently available for one year full-time study, or two years part-time study. You will study a combination of compulsory modules and also have a choice of optional modules. You will also complete a dissertation of 12,000 words.
- International Public Policy: Concepts and Practice
- Theories of the Policy-making Process
- Implementation and Evaluation of Public Policy
You will choose one optional module in Semester 2 from the list below.
- Globalisation and the International Political Economy of Development
- EU as an International Actor
- Placement Module (Distance Learning students only*)
*Please note that the School of Politics and International Relations does not organise student placements for this programme. The placement module is intended for students who are currently working in a recognised organisation or can arrange a placement themselves.
A minimum of an upper-second class honours degree in Politics or a related discipline. Students should also have IELTS 7 (including 7 in the writing component), if your first language is not English.
Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at QMUL. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. You can find details on our English language entry requirements here: www.qmul.ac.uk/international/languagerequirements
If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme.
For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.
The Admissions Office can be contacted here: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/enquiries/index.html
Learning and teaching
Learning and Teaching:
All modules will be delivered online via QMUL's virtual learning environment, QMplus. You will work online with a dedicated tutor and fellow students to create a virtual learning community. Modules will consist of weekly online seminars in which students will be expected to participate during discussions. All of the material for the course will be available online. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at QMUL.
For every hour spent in formal classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.
Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.
Students are assessed by coursework and a supervised 12,000-word dissertation.
Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.
Part time fees are charged per annum over two years for a two year programme and per annum over three years for a three year programme. A percentage increase may be applied to the fees in years two and three.
This increase is defined each year and published on the intranet and in the Tuition Fee Regulations. A 3% increase was applied to the unregulated university fees in 2019/20. Further information can be viewed on our University Fees webpage, including details about annual increases.
There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.
These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.
Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships
We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.
Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.
Alternative sources of funding
Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.
Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.
Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.
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Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
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