The MA Public Policy reflects King's commitment to developing public policy as a discipline. The MA is designed both for recent graduates hoping to make a career in public policy or a related field and those already working in government or NGOs in the UK or abroad. There are no disciplinary prerequisites for entry to the programme.
The programme is designed around core taught modules on the policy process, comparative public policy and a research dissertation. A wide range of option modules are offered, enabling the student to specialise and develop in-depth knowledge of such fields as health policy, education policy, security studies, urban and environmental policy, governance and politics or the policy problems of an ageing population. Teaching is by a mixture of lectures, seminars, and group work. Students also have the opportunity to engage with visiting speakers and senior figures from the worlds of politics and policy.
Professor Ken Young
King's College London
Cross disciplinary Social Science.
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Strand and Waterloo Campuses
Students are employed in a variety of Public Sector management and policy oriented positions and there is an active alumni network. Examples of past studentsí current occupations include: working in the policy and analysis section of a large London Embassy; health service management positions with responsibility for multi-million pound budgets; policy adviser to the chairman of a major transport organisation; becoming senior analyst in the Ministry of Industry and Trade of a developing country; member of a national legislature; policy development for a large NGO; running a policy website. Students have usually progressed to higher level management positions and overseas students typically return home to new fast-track governmental and Public Service positions which build on their expertise.
Year of entry 2014