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MSc | Postgraduate Taught

International Public Policy

Entry year
2020
Entry requirements
2.1
Duration
1 year (Full Time)
2 years (Part Time)
Places available
25
  • Overview

    The MSc in International Public Policy at Queen’s offers a high-quality programme of academic and personal development, which provides students with the tools to understand and influence the contemporary policy problems faced by governments globally.

    Students undertaking the MSc progamme will engage with a wide variety of theories and concepts in the study of public policy both domestically and internationally, and will be exposed to a variety of research methods. As they progress through the MSc programme, students can choose to examine public policy issues across a range of international policy domains including: climate change, global ethics, security and terrorism, policing and crime, and EU governance, and write a supervised dissertation on a public policy theme of their choosing.

    There will also be a study visit to the EU institutions in Brussels and the OECD in Paris to better understand the interplay of public policy between national and international levels.

    The programme uniquely offers opportunities for personal as well as academic advancement opportunities, and participants on the MSc can avail of the opportunity to undertake the Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

    International Public Policy highlights

    Participants on the MSc programme will avail of the opportunity to undertake the Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

    Global Opportunities

    • The MSc in International Public Policy will involve a study visit to the EU institutions in Brussels and the OECD in Paris to better understand the interplay of public policy between national and international levels.

    Professional Accreditations

    • Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership Participants on the MSc programme will avail of the opportunity to undertake the Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

    Brexit Advice

    Information on the implications of Brexit for prospective students.

  • Course content

    Course Structure

    The programme has two different components: Core modules and Elective modules.

    60 CATS Compulsory Modules (3 modules)
    60 CATS Optional Modules (3 modules)
    60 CATS Written Dissertation

    Core Modules
    To acquire foundational knowledge and understanding in International Public Policy, students will take three core modules:

    Approaches to Research Design
    International Public Policy
    International Political Economy

    The programme provides students with a number of elective modules that will enable them to specialise in areas of interest, build on foundational knowledge, and develop focused expertise.

    Additional Course CostsThe programme attracts a premium fee arising from the associated field trip and the Certificate in Management and Leadership.
    Core ModulesHAP7001 - Approaches to Research Design (Semester 1)
    PAI tbc – International Public Policy (Semester 1)
    PAI7030 - International Political Economy (Semester 2)
    Elective ModulesElective Modules (60 CATS) – choose 3 from 14 options (20 CATS EACH)

    School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

    Sem 1
    - PAI 7021 The Politics of Northern Ireland
    - PAI 7051 Contemporary Security
    - PAI 7099 The UK and Europe
    - PHL 7056 Global Ethics
    - PAI 7038 Theories of Comparative Politics (Forthcoming Module for 19/20)
    Sem 2
    - PAI 7007 Global Terrorism
    - PAI 7022 The Politics of the Republic of Ireland
    - PAI 7027 Conflict Intervention
    - PAI 7032 Gender, Politics and Democracy
    - PAI 7036 The Politics and Political Economy of Energy and Low Carbon Energy Transitions
    - PAI 7052 Institutions and Politics of the EU
    - PAI 7100 Engaging Citizens in Democratic Institutions

    School of Law

    Sem 2
    • LAW 7825 Climate, Justice and Human Rights
    • LAW 7841 Policing and Crime Prevention (Forthcoming Module for 19/20)

    *This list of elective modules may vary from year to year.

    People teaching you

    Dr Muiris MacCarthaigh
    Senior Lecturer

    SHAPP

    Teaching Times

    Afternoon and evenings.

    Career Prospects

    Employment after the Course
    The MSc in International Public Policy will be particularly useful for students wishing to work in public affairs, consultancy, NGOs, public relations, journalism or the public service at national or international levels.
    http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/

    Learning and Teaching

    Learning opportunities associated with the course are outlined below:

    Learning opportunities associated with the course are outlined below:

    Students benefit from intensive teaching by a wide and varied range of QUB academics with strong publishing profiles and international reputations in their areas of expertise, and will be assessed through a range of examination methods.

    Assessment

    Assessment and Feedback are continuous throughout the course of study.

    Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:

    Written assignments

    Presentations

    Group work

    Blogs

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    Graduate
    Normally a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a Social Sciences, Humanities or Arts subject, or a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any subject with relevant professional experience

    International Students

    For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

    English Language Requirements

    Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

    International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

    For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

    • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
    • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) £8,000
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £8,000
    Other (non-UK) EU £8,000
    International £18,000

    The tuition fee for the Postgraduate Diploma is £5,300 for NI/EU/GB students and £12,000 for international students.

    All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2020-21 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

    More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

    Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.

    Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

    If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

    Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

    There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

    International Public Policy costs

    Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
    There may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials for dissertations. The amount will depend on the project chosen.
    Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
    There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

    The tuition fee for the MSc in International Public Policy includes the cost of undertaking the CMI-accredited Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership, as well as travel and accommodation costs for the study visit to Brussels and Paris.

    How do I fund my study?

    The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

    A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

    More information on funding options and financial assistance.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

  • Apply

    How to Apply

    Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

    Apply now

    Terms and Conditions

    The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
    Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions.


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