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Public Policy MA

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The Public Policy MA is a multi- disciplinary course that covers policy making and analysis, comparative public policy, public sector economics, governance and public management, and ethics and public policy. You will focus on the critical issues and key developments relating to public policy, such as governance, globalisation and policy evaluation. This course will equip you with the analytical and critical skills relevant for understanding the challenges relating to the design, evaluation and implementation of public policies.

Key benefits

  • Excellent links with institutions such as No 10 Downing Street, The Treasury, Chatham House, BBC Monitoring, Strand Group, The Policy Institute and more.
  • You will learn to think analytically and independently about key issues in public policy.
  • You will be trained to integrate theories and evidence from political science, ethics and political economy.
  • You will develop essential skills to master qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Project placement (internship) providing you with future employment opportunities and the chance to study different public service areas.
  • A highly flexible study programme, drawing on a broad range of professional experience and disciplinary expertise.
  • Regular speakers from UK-based government departments, public sector bodies, NGOs and policymaking units who discuss the implementation and evaluation of public policies.

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Employability

Our graduates go on to work in a variety of public sector management and policy-oriented positions. Typical career destinations include:

  • Policy Advisor in the Civil Service.
  • Research Assistant at Boston Group Consulting.
  • Policy Analyst at Homes England.
  • Trainee at The European Commission's Humanitarian Action Service (ECHO).
  • Press Officer for an MEP.
  • PhD student at Hertie School in Berlin.
  • Working in the policy and analysis section of a large London embassy.
  • Policy Adviser to the Chairperson of a major transport organisation.
  • Senior Analyst in the Ministry of Industry and Trade of a developing country.
  • Health service leadership positions with responsibility for multi-million-pound budgets.

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Employability

Our graduates go on to work in a variety of public sector management and policy-oriented positions. Typical career destinations include:

  • Policy Advisor in the Civil Service.
  • Research Assistant at Boston Group Consulting.
  • Policy Analyst at Homes England.
  • Trainee at The European Commission's Humanitarian Action Service (ECHO).
  • Press Officer for an MEP.
  • PhD student at Hertie School in Berlin.
  • Working in the policy and analysis section of a large London embassy.
  • Policy Adviser to the Chairperson of a major transport organisation.
  • Senior Analyst in the Ministry of Industry and Trade of a developing country.
  • Health service leadership positions with responsibility for multi-million-pound budgets.

Application closing date guidance

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible as we may need to request further information from you to assess your application. This is particularly important if your application is successful, and you are required to meet any conditions and/or you need a Student Visa to study at King’s.

King's College London is committed to the recruitment of students with the greatest academic ability and to maintain a diverse student population. In order to ensure a balanced international student population for our most competitive programmes, we have implemented the following deadlines:

  • The final application deadline for any students who are currently residing in mainland China is 7 January 2023 (23:59 UK time). 

Please note: if you reside in mainland China and apply for this programme after the above deadline, your application may be automatically withdrawn and you will not be eligible for an application fee refund. 

  • Our first application deadline for any other applicants is on 6 March 2023 (23:59 UK time). The programme will remain open until the final application deadlines below if there are places still available:
  • Overseas (international) fee status: 24 July 2023 (23:59 UK time)
  • Home fee status: 24 August 2023 (23:59 UK time)

After the first application deadline, the programme will close at any point once it is full. Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline, and we are unable to process further offers because places are filled and we close the course before the final application deadline.

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