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International Public Policy (MSc)

MSc|Postgraduate Taught

International Public Policy

Entry year
2022
Entry requirements
2.1
Duration
1 year (Full Time)
2 years (Part Time)
Places available
30 (Full Time)
30 (Part Time)
This course is now closed to applications for September 2021. If you are interested in September 2022 entry, please register your interest.
  • Overview

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

    Students undertaking the MSc programme will engage with a wide variety of theories, concepts and cases 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, youth and social justice, and EU governance, and write a supervised dissertation on a public policy theme of their choosing.

    As well as hearing from guest speakers, 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, 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

    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. Queen’s is ranked 22nd in the world for international outlook (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020).

    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).

    World Class Facilities

    • Queen’s was ranked 3rd out of 199 universities worldwide and 2nd out of 44 UK universities for our Graduate School.

    Student Experience

    • Queen’s was ranked joint 1st in the UK for Research Intensity (Complete University Guide 2021). Queen’s is ranked in the top 140 in the world for graduate prospects (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020) Queen’s is ranked in the top 75 universities in Europe for Teaching Excellent (Times Higher Education, 2019).
  • Course content

    Course Structure

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

    Students undertaking the MSc programme will engage with a wide variety of theories, concepts and cases 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, youth and social justice, and EU governance, and write a supervised dissertation on a public policy theme of their choosing.

    As well as hearing from guest speakers, 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 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

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

    Additional Awards GainedThe programme attracts a premium fee arising from the associated field trip and the Certificate in Management and Leadership. Participants will avail of the opportunity to undertake the Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
    Core ModulesTo acquire foundational knowledge and understanding in International Public Policy, students will take three core modules:
    • HAP7001 - Approaches and Debates om Researh Design (Semester 1)
    • PAI7070 – International Public Policy (Semester 2)
    • 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
    Semester 1
    • PAI7022 The Politics of the Republic of Ireland
    • PAI7038 Theories of Comparative Politics
    • PAI7051 Contemporary Security
    • PAI7099 UK and EU
    • PHL7056 Global Ethics

    School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
    • SOC9044 Youth and Social Justice


    Semester 2
    • PAI7007 Global Terrorism
    • PAI7021 The Politics of Northern Ireland
    • PAI7027 Conflict Intervention
    • PAI7032 Gender, Politics and Democracy
    • PAI7036 The Politics and Political Economy of Energy and Low Carbon Energy Transitions
    • PAI7052 Institutions and Politics of the EU
    • PAI7100 Engaging Citizens in Democratic Institutions

    School of Law
    • LAW7825 Climate, Justice and Human Rights
    • LAW7841 Policing and Crime Prevention

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

    People teaching you

    Dr Muiris MacCarthaigh
    Programme Convenor

    SHAPP
    Dr Muiris MacCarthaigh's current research interests relate to the politics and practice of state retrenchment and administrative reform, issues with which he is involved in a number of international research networks, and with a particular focus on the Irish case. Email: m.macCarthaigh@qub.ac.uk

    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:

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    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.

    Cognitive Skills

    Upon completion of the programme you will be well versed with the methodologies and approaches to international public policy and be able to research independently using the expert language of the subject.

    The Dissertation will provide the opportunity to combine several skills into a single piece of original scholarship.

    Knowledge and Understanding

    The programme will enhance existing understanding of comparative methods, theoretical models, political and economic decision-making across the globe and public policy trends.

    The programme will furthermore provide a firm grounding in the study the emerging structures of governance beyond the nation-state

    It will introduce the learner not only to the specialist literature of the field, but to key debates in contemporary international public policy.

    Specific Skills

    Upon completion of the program you will be well versed with the methodologies and approaches to international public policy and be able to research independently using the expert language of the subject.

    The program will enhance existing understanding of comparative methods, theoretical models, political and economic decision-making across the globe and public policy trends.

    The program will furthermore provide a firm grounding in the study the emerging structures of governance beyond the nation-state.

    It will introduce the learner not only to the specialist literature of the field, but to key debates in contemporary international public policy.

    Assessment

    Assessment and Feedback are continuous throughout the course of study.

    Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:

    Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:
    • Written assignments
    • Presentations
    • Group work
    • Blogs

    Feedback associated with this course is outlined below:
    • Written feedback will be provided on assignments
    • Verbal feedback will be provided in class.
    • There will be ongoing online feedback associated with the course.

  • 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.

    Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible and ideally no later than 12th August 2022 for courses which commence in late September. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.

    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) 1 £8,350
    Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £8,350
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £8,350
    EU Other 3 £19,500
    International £19,500

    1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled status, will be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB will be charged the GB fee.

    2 EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI are eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements.

    3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

    All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

    NI, GB and ROI fees for 2022 entry will be published in December. International postgraduate fees for 2022 entry can be viewed here: www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-tuition-fees

    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

    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

    When to Apply

    The deadline for applications is normally 30th June 2021. In the event that any programme receives a high volume of applications, the university reserves the right to close the application portal earlier than 30th June deadline. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Entry Portal (DAP) against the programme application page.

    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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