International Public Policy
The Postgraduate Diploma in International Public Policy at Queen’s offers a high-quality programme of academic and personal professional development, providing students with the tools to understand and influence the contemporary policy problems faced by governments globally.
Students undertaking the Diploma programme will engage with a wide variety of theories, ideas and sources in the study of public policy both domestically and internationally, and will be introduced to a variety of research methods. As they progress through the programme, students can choose to examine public policy issues across a range of international policy domains including: climate change, global ethics, security and terrorism, policing and crime, and EU governance.
As well as hearing from guest speakers, there will also be a study visit to the EU institutions, NGOs and think tanks in Brussels, and the OECD in Paris to better understand the interplay of public policy between national and international levels and hear about traineeship and other employment opportunities.
The programme uniquely offers opportunities for personal as well as academic advancement opportunities, and participants on the programme can avail of the opportunity to undertake the Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Work placements with the Northern Ireland Civil Service may be offered to a limited number of students.
Learning and Teaching
Students benefit from intensive teaching by a wide and varied range of QUB academics with strong publishing profiles and international reputations in their areas of expertise, and will be assessed through a range of examination methods.
The objectives of the programme are to:
i. Provide advanced study of contemporary public policy theory and practice at national and international levels through a range of specialised modules.
ii. Develop students’ research and evaluative skills for understanding general and sectorally-specific public policy matters.
iii. Develop students’ ability to analyse and understand global public policy problems in new ways by developing skills to think critically, rationally and rigorously through a range of diverse and innovative teaching methods.
iv. Encourage students to creatively and systematically apply public policy models and theories to contemporary issues and specialist fields in a local, national and/or international context.
v. Enhance students’ transferable and intellectual skills, employability skills, as well as their continuing personal and professional development so as to enable them to work with self-direction and originality.
Upon completion of the programme you will be well versed with the methodologies and approaches to international public policy and be able to research independently using the expert language of the subject.
The programme will enhance existing understanding of comparative methods, theoretical models, political and economic decision-making across the globe and public policy trends.
The programme will furthermore provide a firm grounding in the study the emerging structures of governance beyond the nation-state
It will introduce the learner not only to the specialist literature of the field, but to key debates in contemporary international public policy.
Students benefit from intensive teaching by a wide and varied range of QUB academics with strong publishing profiles and international reputations in their areas of expertise and will be assessed through a range of examination methods.
To acquire foundational knowledge and understanding in International Public Policy, students will take three core modules:
• HAP7001 - Approaches and Debates on Research Design (Semester 1)
• PAI7070 – International Public Policy (Semester 1)
• PAI7030 - Global Political Economy (Semester 2)
• PAI7022 The Politics of the Republic of Ireland
• PAI7038 Theories of Comparative Politics
• PAI7103 Global Development
• PAI7051 Contemporary Security
• PAI7099 UK and EU
• PHL7056 Global Ethics
To view the modules for this course in more detail, please click on "Course Web Page" below.
Normally a 2.2 Honours degree (minimum 57%) or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University or a 2.2 Honours degree (minimum 57%) or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any subject with relevant professional experience.
Applicants who do not meet these entry requirements may, at the discretion of the relevant programme convenor, be considered for admission on the basis of relevant work experience and/or an assessed piece of work.
Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible and ideally no later than 11th August 2023 for courses which commence in late September. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible and ideally no later than 31st July 2023 for courses which commence in late September. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.
How to Apply
Applications should be submitted online via the Postgraduate Applications Portal for admission to the vast majority of postgraduate programmes.
New applicants will need to register via the Portal to create an application account. If you are already a Queen’s student with an active Qsis account, you can log in using your student number and Qsis password. Guidance on how to complete an application is provided within the Portal and it is possible to save application data and return to complete it at a later date, if you wish. After core details about yourself and your academic background have been provided, you can submit an application, or multiple applications, if required.
If you applied in a previous cycle through the Portal and are re-applying, you should use your previous log in details. Please review and update your personal and contact details, academic and professional qualifications before submitting a new application.
Important – please ensure that the email address you provide is correct and active, as this will be used by us to communicate the progress of your application to you.
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.
Teaching take place at a variety of times from 9-8pm Monday – Friday.
Entry Year: 2023
Post Course Info
Employment after the Course
The Postgraduate Diploma in International Public Policy will be particularly beneficial for students wishing to work in public affairs, consultancy, NGOs, public relations, journalism or the public service at national or international levels.
Graduate Plus/Future Ready Award for extra-curricular skills
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