MPP Public Policy
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
Public policy making has become more challenging in recent years in the context of the increasing complexity of clients' needs, growing expectations regarding appropriate service quality and diminishing public spending in many countries. The Master of Public Policy is specifically designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to meet these challenges.
We examine the socio-economic changes and political issues which influence policy making, the challenges associated with effective regulation and administration of public services and ensuring that policy decisions are evidence based. If you are interested in public policy research you can take a number of specialist modules on this issue. We also provide a number of optional streams which will enable you to examine different policy fields in depth.
The Master of Public Policy is a 90-credit programme. The duration is one year full time or two years part time. A 60-credit version of the programme is available as a Graduate Diploma without thesis.
Core modules introduce you to the key concepts, theories and analytic techniques which underpin public policy analysis.
Core modules are:
CSSL40010 Public Administration & Policy
SPOL41020 Data & Methods for Pol Analys
POL40160 Comparative Public Policy
SPOL40450 Evidence-Based Policy Making
Optional specialist streams which enable you to examine the policy fields which interest you in-depth.
Citizenship, Rights & Policy Stream
Community, Drugs & Health Policy Stream
Economic Policy Stream
Environmental Policy Stream
European Union Policy Stream
Regulatory Governance Stream
Research Methods Stream
Urban Policy Stream
-Optional research stream which provides you with the skills to pursue a career in public policy research.
-A unique interdisciplinary course where modules are offered by various schools across University (Applied Social Science, Economics, Geography, Law, Philosophy, Politics, Public Health, Social Justice and Sociology)
-A choice of Master's thesis or Internship.
-There is an opportunity to undertake the MA (Public Policy and Management) at the City University of Hong Kong subsequent to MA-Public Policy completion.
-There is a possibility of progressing to the PhD in Public Policy.
-There is an option of the Graduate Diploma in Public Policy without a dissertation.
Each application is considered on its individual merits. The applicants should have earned an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as political science, international relations, social science, sociology, geography, economics, global studies, public policy, EU studies, law/international law etc. with at least Upper Second Class Honours, or its equivalent (an overall GPA of 3.0 (B) or higher in the American system). Relevant professional experience will also be taken into account.
Note that meet the requirements do not guarantee admission. Applicants in their final year of undergraduate study may be admitted conditional on satisfactory completion of their undergraduate degree.
Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information http://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/
These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes.
Stage 1 Core
Public Administration & Policy
Comparative Public Policy
Evidence-Based Policy Making
Data & Methods for Policy Analysis
Stage 1 Option
Applied Policy Analysis Modelling
Applied Policy Analysis Modell
Energy Economics and Policy
Health & Welfare Economics
Economics of Competition Policy
Tools for Sust Development
Environmental Economics & Climate Policy
Disability and Equality
Critical Political Economy
Reimagining Dublin: An Interdisciplinary Exploration in Urban Regeneration
Physical Geography of Cities
Gender, Inequality and Public Policy
Environmental Law and Policy
Advanced Issues in European Competition Law
Punishment, Prisons & Public Policy
Advanced Criminological Theory
NGOs: Law, Governance and Social Change
Law of the ECHR
Law and Governance of the EU
Climate Change Law and Policy
Public Health Practice and Policy
Placemaking: Urban and Rural Design
Planning, Society and Diversity
Urban and Regional Development
Housing Policy and Planning
Economic and Property Markets
International Political Theory
International Political Economy
Comparative European Politics
EU Foreign, Security, and Defence Pol.
Introduction to Statistics
Politics of European Governance
Politics of Human Rights
Theory of Human Rights
Qualitative Research Methods for Political Science
The Global Political Economy of Europe
Political Theory and the EU
Quantitative Text Analysis
Policing & Social Conflict
Workshop in Qualitative Research
Housing and Social Cohesion
Comparing Healthcare Systems
Drug Use, Community & Society
Nonprofit Sector in Comparative Perspective: Politics, Regulation and Business
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.
MPP Public Policy (W279) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7055
nonEU fee per year - € 19200
MPP Public Policy (W289) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4590
nonEU fee per year - € 9600
***Fees are subject to change
Next Intake: 2020/2021 September
Post Course Info
Our graduates will be found in the public and non-profit sectors and in research and consulting organisations in Ireland and internationally.
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