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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 6.89k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 17.7k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    This Masters in Public and Urban Policy is designed for people interested in how policy decisions are made and how they impact on the real world. There is a focus on urban issues nationally and globally, and opportunities to study other significant public policy fields. It will equip you to make an effective contribution to policy making, policy implementation and policy research and evaluation in a broad range of fields. It will develop your understanding of governance, urban change and policies which support sustainable development.

    Key facts

    * MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
    * PgDip9 months full-time; 21 months part-time

    Career prospects

    Career opportunities include working within central or local Government, the public or voluntary sector in a policy making or evaluation role. You would also be equipped to proceed to a PhD in a policy related subject.

    The programme combines a mix of core courses, with a range of options offered to allow flexibility for you to develop your own interests and specialism. In addition you are allowed to select courses from across the School of Social and Political Sciences. It is designed to allow either full-time or part-time (day release) study, being taught in intensive half-day blocks. It is an interdisciplinary course, delivered by academics at the cutting edge of their fields and uses a broad range of methods (lectures, seminars, projects, discussions, workshops) to provide a rich learning experience.

    Throughout the programme there is an emphasis on practical problems and acting in the real world. This is reinforced by contributions from a range of senior, experienced practitioners and policy makers from a broad range of organisations, who enhance understanding of real world problems and solutions.

    It is delivered over 2 semesters followed by an independent research project where you can research a topic in more depth.

    All assessments are extended written assignments there are no exams.

    Core Courses

    * Global Cities
    * Understanding Public Policy
    * Governance and Markets
    * Evidence, Evaluation and Policy
    * Social Science research methods

    Optional Courses

    * Regenerating Cities
    * International Urban Challenges
    * Designing Places
    * Crime and Community Safety
    * Understanding Health Policy
    * Sustainable Housing Development
    * Housing and the Inclusive Society
    * Flexibility, depending on timetable to take courses from elsewhere in the School of Political and Social Sciences.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject. Good candidates from other disciplines are also consideredCandidates with extensive relevant professional experience, but with a lower degree, may also apply and are considered individually.International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.Further information regarding academic entry English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 75 (Grade B) TOEFL iBT® test: 92 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.
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