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MSc in Public Policy

MSc in Public Policy

The MSc in Public Policy at Queen’s University Belfast is a multi-disciplinary programme of executive education for public servants focused on the development of professional knowledge, competence and skills, and personal leadership. Queen’s welcomed the first intake of students in September 2015 to the programme which is based on the idea of public service as a distinctive and professional activity that makes a vital contribution to the quality of democratic governance that must be continually improved.

Who is the programme for?

The MSc in Public Policy is designed specifically for mid-career civil and public servants who wish to prepare for advancement to new senior professional leadership roles in their organisation.

What students get from the programme?

  1. Advanced analysis of contemporary public policy theory and practice across a wide range of specialised modules employing scientific insights and methods.
  2. Enhanced research and evaluative skills for managing general and sectorally-specific public policy matters.
  3. Ability to analyse complex problems in new ways by developing skills to think critically, rationally and rigorously through a range of diverse and innovative teaching methods.
  4. Greater awareness and understanding of the multi-level context for public policy making at local, regional, national and international levels.
  5. Advanced personal professional development, through new transferable intellectual and leadership skills. MSc students benefit from bespoke leadership skills masterclasses taught and facilitated by the William J. Clinton Leadership Institute at Queen’s.

Where and how is the MSc programme delivered and assessed?

The MSc in Public Policy is delivered in the Executive Education Centre at Riddel Hall. The programme is delivered on a part-time basis in the form of two and three-day block Modules (normally between Thursday and Saturday in each case). Participants on the programme also spend a week in Leuven and Brussels as part of the programme where they engage with officials from the European Union institutions and the OECD.  A number of modules also involve local field trips in and around Belfast.

The teaching and learning methods used across the MSc programme include:

  • lectures and presentations
  • problem-centred seminars
  • practitioner workshops
  • case studies
  • computer/software demonstrations
  • field trips
  • research methods and data analysis classes.

Students also have access to Queen’s world-class library facilities.

Further Information

For further information on the MSc programme, please leave your contact details below and our Programme Director, Dr Muiris MacCarthaigh, will be in touch with you. Alternatively you can email publicpolicy@qub.ac.uk or click here to apply.

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