Masters | Postgraduate Course - Policy Analytics MSc Course Details within University of Exeter

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Course Fees
Tuition fees per year 2019/20 UK/EU: £7,800 full-time; £3,900 part-time International: £17,200 full-time
Start Month(s)
September
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Policy Analytics MSc

Study Details

MSc: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Policy-making in all sectors has become more data driven and advanced training in issues of data use, data sharing, transparency, and accountability are important for both the public and private sectors. ‌ Unlocking the potential of collecting, sharing and analysing massive amounts of administrative and economic, social and political information to bring economic and social benefits requires individuals trained in both policy analysis and data analytics.

The MSc in Policy Analytics provides training for graduates who want to develop the ability to apply data analysis techniques to a range of substantive and policy related questions.

The MSc in Policy Analytics offers rigorous data analytic training alongside a specialisation in a policy subfield (e.g. social and family policy, economic and public policy, environment, criminal justice, security). It equips students with the technical understanding of a range of data analytic techniques and the practical software and programming skills to implement these methods to address their own research questions. The programme is designed to enable students to carry out their own research and to equip them to pursue other professional research activities subsequently.

Module details

Compulsory modules

  • SOCM028 Policy Analytics: Data Driven Policy Analysis and Evidence Based Decision-making 30
  • SOCM029 Data Visualisation 15
  • POLM030 Mathematics and Programming Skills for Policy Analytics 15
  • SSIM907 Policy Analytics: Dissertation or Research Consultancy Project 60

Optional modules
Plus 60 credits of options. 
 
MSc Policy Analytics modules

  • SOCM025 Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis 15
  • POLM150 Text as data 15
  • SOCM026 Using Longitudinal Data in Family Policy Studies 15

Politics PGT modules 2017-8

  • POLM002M Management and Governance:Comparing Public Administration around the World (MPA only) 20
  • POLM003M Policy and Politics: the theory and Strategy of Delivering Public Services MPA ONLY 20
  • POLM004M Public Sector Finance for Managers (MPA ONLY) 20
  • POLM005M The Politics, Policy and Practice of Sustainable Development (MPA ONLY) 20
  • POLM007M The new Public Management: Principles, Practice and Prospects (MPA ONLY) 20
  • POLM008M Policy Analysis and Evaluation (MPA ONLY) 20
  • POLM009M Regulation and Reform: Analysis and Policy (MPA ONLY) 20
  • POLM057 Understanding and Interpretation in Political Thought 30
  • POLM060 Global Security 30
  • POLM063 Qualitative Methods in Social Research 15
  • POLM073 Political Economy of Food and Agriculture 15
  • POLM074 Research and Knowledge Transfer for Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture 15
  • POLM082 International Relations of the Middle East 30
  • POLM084 Conflict, Security and Development in World Politics 30
  • POLM085 Work Placement in Conflict, Security and Development 30
  • POLM086 Quantitative Data Analysis 30
  • POLM090 East Asian Regional Order 30
  • POLM105 The Politics of Global Capitalism 30
  • POLM140 Qualitative Methods in Social Research 30
  • POLM606 European Political Integration (Jean Monnet module I) 30
  • POLM651 State and Society in the Middle East 30
  • POLM803 Sources of Modernity and Post-Modernity 30
  • POLM806 Topics and Texts in Social and Political Thought 15
  • POLM809 Applied Quantitative Data Analysis 15
  • POLM014M MPA Applied Studies (MPA with Applied Studies ONLY) 60
  • POLM015M Behavioural Public Policy and Administration 20
  • POLM142 Europe in the Digital Age 30
  • POLM147 Political Psychology and Rational Choice Approaches to International Relations 30
  • POLM148 Brexit: Causes, interpretation, and implications 30
  • POLM150 Text as data 15
  • POLM502 International Relations: Power and Institutions 30
  • POLM021 Power and Society 30
  • POLM030 Mathematics and Programming Skills for Policy Analytics 15
  • POLM095 The Politics of Democracy in Latin America 30
  • POLM104 US Foreign Policy 30
  • POLM151 Great Power Relations between the United States and China 30
  • POLM152 Post-Conflict Human Rights and Transitional Justice 30

Sociology PGT modules 2017-8

  • SOCM002A Philosophy of the Social Sciences 1 15
  • SOCM013 Independent Study in Sociology and Philosophy 30
  • SOCM016 Cultures of the Life Sciences 30
  • SOCM019 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 15
  • SOCM020 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 30
  • SOCM945 Philosophy of Science 30
  • SOCM950 Science Technology and Society 30
  • SOCM002B Philosophy of the Social Sciences 30
  • SOCM023 Social Theory 15
  • SOCM024 Cultural Sociology 30
  • SOCM025 Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis 15
  • SOCM026 Using Longitudinal Data in Family Policy Studies 15
  • SOCM027 Social Theory 30
  • SOCM030 Gender at Work 30
  • SOCM028 Policy Analytics: Data Driven Policy Analysis and Evidence Based Decision-making 30
  • SOCM029 Data Visualisation 15

Entry Requirements

Normally a 1st or 2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university.

You will be required to produce some evidence of exposure to data analysis training, this can include a undergraduate research methods module or numerate social science discipline eg. psychology and economics.

Programme Funding

We offer numerous scholarships to encourage exceptional students to apply for Masters programmes at the University of Exeter.

Student Destinations

You will develop a number of skills that are valued in professional and managerial careers: the ability to research and analyse information from a variety of sources along with written and verbal skills needed to present and discuss your opinions. The understanding you will gain of complex political and cultural issues, often in continually changing environments, can also be relevant to both business and public sector appointments.