Masters | Postgraduate Course - Public Administration and Public Policy MA Course Details within University of York

Department of Politics
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Course Fees
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Contact Name
Dr Dan Bailey
Public Administration and Public Policy MA

Study Details

MA 1 year Full-time, 2 years Part-time

The programme aims to furnish students with an understanding of the complex issues surrounding the formation, implementation and evaluation of public policy. The programme will provide you with a grasp of the international and domestic institutional contexts which shape the policy making process, and specialist expertise in the theoretical and analytical tools necessary to conduct high quality research in public policy and administration.

The range of option modules available to students, along with the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of their choice, allows students to pursue expertise in a particular area of interest, from public management to governance and development. The degree provides an ideal foundation for those wishing to pursue a career in academia, policy advising, lobbying, political research or journalism.

Module details

Two Core Modules

  • Policy Analysis 
  • Public Management and Delivery

Four Option Modules

Click here for a list of optional modules, and to view the Postgraduate Module Handbook.

Dissertation

During the Summer Term students start work on a dissertation on a topic of their choice. The dissertation is due for submission at the end of the summer vacation.

Entry Requirements

Academic entry requirements

The main criterion for admission to an MA programme in the Department of Politics is a 2.1 BA degree or international equivalent. However, exceptions are sometimes made for students with different backgrounds, in which case assessment is done through review of an academic written work sample. Additional information may be requested.

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English may need to satisfy language requirements.

The Department of Politics has a higher minimum level than the University more generally because of the more difficult nature of the literature that Politics students must engage with. The departmental requirements are:

IELTS: 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component)