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MRes Public Policy

Queen Mary, University of London

  • September, 2020 Start Date

  • 2 years Duration

  • Part Time Study Mode

  • £5000.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

  • How are policy decisions made and implemented?
  • What are the implications of adopting an ‘evidence-based’ approach to policy evaluation?
  • How reliable is the data that comprises most public policy research?
  • What research methods are appropriate for policy analysis in an environment of cultural diversity and value conflict?

These are the sorts of questions that you will explore in both theoretical and practical terms on this programme. This MRes degree is designed to provide you with an advanced theoretical and practical understanding of policy processes and to offer a grounding in research methods up to PhD level. The programme is focused around current debates on policy-making and public management in both developed and developing countries.
If you wish to develop skills in policy analysis and to further a research career in academia, in the civil service or the private and voluntary sectors then this programme is designed with your interests in mind.

This MRes is a pre-doctoral training programme currently taught in conjunction with the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP) and is an approved pathway for ESRC 1+3 PhD studentship funding and ideal for those seeking to work in a research-related role. 
The new MRes programmes from 2017 will be the same structure as the MA/MSc equivalent, but will include two compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Social Science Research 1: Epistemology, Research design, and Qualitative methods
  • Introduction to Social Science Research 2: Quantitative Methods and Data.

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Course Content

Core modules

  • Dissertation

Compulsory modules

  • Theories of the Policy Making Process
  • Implementation and Evaluation
  • Introduction to Social Science Research 1: Epistemology, Research design, and Qualitative methods
  • Introduction to Social Science Research 2: Quantitative Methods and Data. 

Core modules

  • Dissertation

Compulsory modules

  • Theories of the Policy Making Process
  • Implementation and Evaluation
  • Introduction to Social Science Research 1: Epistemology, Research design, and Qualitative methods
  • Introduction to Social Science Research 2: Quantitative Methods and Data. 

Available Dates

Location Start Date Price  

Classroom

Mile End Road

Full Time, 1 year

September, 2020

£9950.00

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Classroom

Mile End Road

Part Time, 2 years

September, 2020

£5000.00

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Entry Requirements

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.

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.

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by a combination of coursework and exams. Many modules are assessed by coursework only. If a module is assessed by means of coursework alone, this is usually in the form of research essays and the course convener offers guidance and support in the researching and writing of this piece of assessment.

Students are assessed by a combination of coursework and exams. Many modules are assessed by coursework only. If a module is assessed by means of coursework alone, this is usually in the form of research essays and the course convener offers guidance and support in the researching and writing of this piece of assessment.

Additional Information

The MRes in Public Policy is currently available for one year full-time study, or two years part-time study. Students must undertake three taught modules as well as a 12,000 word dissertation.

The MRes in Public Policy is currently available for one year full-time study, or two years part-time study. Students must undertake three taught modules as well as a 12,000 word dissertation.

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