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MA/PGDip Global Public Policy

This exciting Global Public Policy programme from the University of Birmingham seeks to understand the ways that policy is formulated within this evolving and dynamic context, by drawing on the core concepts of policy analysis and theories of policy change.

Quick Facts

Full-Time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £22,950 per year
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

It will offer insights into the policy actors, coalitions and forms of evidence, that shape the creation of both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ policy, as well as providing a detailed understanding of the policy making architecture that characterises local, regional and supranational institutions. Moreover, the Global Public Policy programme from University of Birmingham will explore the social, political, economic and historic contexts in which policy is formulated and the ways that power influences policy formulation.

As well as considering theories of the policy process, the programme offers the opportunity to study across a range of global policy issues and social problems, such as poverty, migration, crime, and homelessness, to understand these theories in action.

Through a suite of module options students can tailor the curriculum to match their interests and career plans. For those students interested in gaining experience in the workplace, we have pathways that incorporate a placement module.

Courses include:

  • Policy Futures: Theories and Concepts in International Policymaking
  • Global Public Policy Institutions and Networks
  • Dissertation
  • Globalisation, International Migration and Citizenship
  • Migration, Superdiversity, Policy and Practice
  • Third Sector in Social Policy
  • Crime and Social Harm

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology


The programme is designed for those who intend to pursue a range of policy related careers, within local, regional or global policymaking institutions and will equip you to work across a number of policy domains. It will equip you with the policy analysis skills necessary to examine and evaluate policy outcomes; alongside, a broader range of social research methods required to research substantive policy issues.


  • For entry onto this programme you will normally have an undergraduate degree of at least a 2:1.
  • Applicants with a 2:2 degree classification will be considered on a case by case basis, if you have extensive related work experience.
  • Speakers of English as a second language will be required to hold an IELTs 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each band or equivalent qualification.

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