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International Public Policy

The MSc in International Public Policy at Queen's offers a high-quality programme of academic and personal development, which provides students with the tools to understand and influence the contemporary policy problems faced by governments globally.

Students undertaking the MSc progamme will engage with a wide variety of theories and concepts in the study of public policy both domestically and internationally, and will be exposed to a variety of research methods. As they progress through the MSc 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, and write a supervised dissertation on a public policy theme of their choosing.

There will also be a study visit to the EU institutions in Brussels and the OECD in Paris to better understand the interplay of public policy between national and international levels.

The programme uniquely offers opportunities for personal as well as academic advancement opportunities, and participants on the MSc can avail of the opportunity to undertake the Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

International Public Policy highlights

Participants on the MSc programme will avail of the opportunity to undertake the Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Global Opportunities
•The MSc in International Public Policy will involve a study visit to the EU institutions in Brussels and the OECD in Paris to better understand the interplay of public policy between national and international levels.

Professional Accreditations
•Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership Participants on the MSc programme will avail of the opportunity to undertake the Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

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.

Entry requirements

Entrance requirements

Graduate
Normally a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a Social Sciences, Humanities or Arts subject, or a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any subject with relevant professional experience

International Students

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.

Duration

1 year (Full Time)
2 years (Part Time)

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects

Employment after the Course
The MSc in International Public Policy will be particularly useful for students wishing to work in public affairs, consultancy, NGOs, public relations, journalism or the public service at national or international levels.
http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/

Subjects taught

Course Structure

The programme has two different components: Core modules and Elective modules.

60 CATS Compulsory Modules (3 modules)
60 CATS Optional Modules (3 modules)
60 CATS Written Dissertation

Core Modules
To acquire foundational knowledge and understanding in International Public Policy, students will take three core modules:

Approaches to Research Design
International Public Policy
International Political Economy

The programme provides students with a number of elective modules that will enable them to specialise in areas of interest, build on foundational knowledge, and develop focused expertise.

Additional Course Costs
The programme attracts a premium fee arising from the associated field trip and the Certificate in Management and Leadership.

Core Modules
HAP7001 - Approaches to Research Design (Semester 1)
PAI tbc – International Public Policy (Semester 1)
PAI7030 - International Political Economy (Semester 2)

Elective Modules
Elective Modules (60 CATS) – choose 3 from 14 options (20 CATS EACH)

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

Sem 1
- PAI 7021 The Politics of Northern Ireland
- PAI 7051 Contemporary Security
- PAI 7099 The UK and Europe
- PHL 7056 Global Ethics
- PAI 7038 Theories of Comparative Politics (Forthcoming Module for 19/20)

Sem 2
- PAI 7007 Global Terrorism
- PAI 7022 The Politics of the Republic of Ireland
- PAI 7027 Conflict Intervention
- PAI 7032 Gender, Politics and Democracy
- PAI 7036 The Politics and Political Economy of Energy and Low Carbon Energy Transitions
- PAI 7052 Institutions and Politics of the EU
- PAI 7100 Engaging Citizens in Democratic Institutions

School of Law

Sem 2
• LAW 7825 Climate, Justice and Human Rights
• LAW 7841 Policing and Crime Prevention (Forthcoming Module for 19/20)

*This list of elective modules may vary from year to year.

Teaching Times
Afternoon and evenings

Assessment method

Assessment

Assessment and Feedback are continuous throughout the course of study.

Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:

Written assignments
Presentations
Group work
Blogs

Application date

How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year 2020

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