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PgDip | Postgraduate Taught

International Public Policy

Entry year
2021
Entry requirements
2.1
Duration
1 year (Full Time)
2 years (Part Time)
Places available
10
  • Overview

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

    Students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma programme will engage with a wide variety of theories and concepts in the study of public policy both domestically and internationally, and will be introduced to a variety of research methods. As they progress through the 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.

    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 Postgraduate Diploma 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 PGDip 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.
    • Politics was ranked joint 1st in the UK for Research Intensity (Complete University Guide 2021).

    Professional Accreditations

    • Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership.

    Career Development

    • 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).
    • Queen’s is ranked in the top 140 in the world for graduate prospects (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020).

    World Class Facilities

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

    Internationally Renowned Experts

    • 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.

    Student Experience

    • Queen’s was ranked 2nd out of 199 universities worldwide for satisfaction with social facilities. Queen’s is ranked in the top 75 universities in Europe for Teaching Excellent (Times Higher Education, 2019). Queen’s is ranked 14th in the UK for research quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020). Queen’s currently has over 3,000 international students from 85 different countries. Queen’s is ranked 22nd in the world for international outlook (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020).

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  • Course content

    Course Structure

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

    Students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma progamme will engage with a wide variety of theories and concepts in the study of public policy both domestically and internationally, and will be introduced 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.

    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 Postgraduate Diploma can avail of the opportunity to undertake the Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

    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.

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

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

    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.

    Core ModulesTo acquire foundational knowledge and understanding in International Public Policy, students will take three core modules:
    • HAP7001 Approaches to Research Design (Semester 1)
    • PAI7070 International Public Policy (Semester 1)
    • PAI7030 International Political Economy (Semester 2)
    Elective ModulesElective Modules (60 CATS) – choose 3 from 14 options (20 CATS EACH)

    HAPP
    Semester 1
    • PAI 7021 The Politics of Northern Ireland
    • PAI 7051 Contemporary Security
    • PHL7056 Global Ethics
    • PAI 7038 Theories of Comparative Politics
    Semester 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

    LAW
    Semester 2
    • LAW 7825 Climate, Justice and Human Rights
    • LAW 7841 Policing and Crime Prevention

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

    People teaching you

    Dr Muiris MacCarthaigh
    Senior Lecturer

    SHAPP

    Career Prospects

    Employment after the Course
    The Postgraduate Diploma 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

    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.

    The objectives of the programme are to:
    i. Provide advanced study of contemporary public policy theory and practice at national and international levels through a range of specialised modules.
    ii. Develop students’ research and evaluative skills for understanding general and sectorally-specific public policy matters.
    iii. Develop students’ ability to analyse and understand global public policy problems in new ways by developing skills to think critically, rationally and rigorously through a range of diverse and innovative teaching methods.
    iv. Encourage students to creatively and systematically apply public policy models and theories to contemporary issues and specialist fields in a local, national and/or international context.
    v. Enhance students’ transferable and intellectual skills, employability skills, as well as their continuing personal and professional development so as to enable them to work with self-direction and originality.

    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:

    • Group work
    • Seminar Presentations
    • Learning Journals
    • Literature Reviews
    • Portfolios
    • Written essays

    There will be ongoing online feedback associated with the course.
    • Written feedback will be provided on assignments.
    • Verbal feedback will be provided in class.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    Graduate
    Normally a 2.2 Honours degree (minimum 57%) or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University or a 2.2 Honours degree (minimum 57%) or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any subject with relevant professional experience.

    Applicants who do not meet these entry requirements may, at the discretion of the relevant programme convenor, be considered for admission on the basis of relevant work experience and/or an assessed piece of work.

    The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL).

    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 £18,500

    Unless otherwise stated the tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2020-21 with the exception of international fees which are for the academic year 2021-22. Tuition fees are 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

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    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

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    Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions.


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