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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.

Course Description
- Core modules introduce you to the key concepts, theories and analytic techniques which underpin public policy analysis.

- 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.

Entry requirements

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.

Duration

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Careers
Our graduates will be found in the public and non-profit sectors and in research and consulting organisations in Ireland and internationally.

Related Programmes
Grad Dip Public Policy FT

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Gillian Johnston
Contact Number: +353 1 716 8643

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Public Administration & Policy
GSHS40210
Regulatory Governance
LAW40250
Comparative Public Policy
POL40160
Dissertation Design
POL41420
Evidence-Based Policy Making
SPOL40450

Stage 1 - Option
Econometrics
ECON42000
Microeconomics
ECON42010
Behavioural Economics
ECON42260
Energy Economics and Policy
ECON42270
International Trade
ECON42290
Health & Welfare Economics
ECON42350
Racism and Anti-Racism
EQUL40010
Disability and Equality
EQUL40200
Economics of Inequality
EQUL40340
Creative Destruction and Economic Growth
GEOG30440
MPP Thesis
GSHS40440
MPP Internship
GSHS40470
Environmental Law and Policy
LAW40120
The Regulation of Food Safety and Quality
LAW40180
Media Regulation
LAW40230
Corporate Governance
LAW40670
NGOs: Law, Governance and Social Change
LAW40760
Law of the ECHR
LAW40780
Law and Governance of the EU
LAW41040
Climate Change Law and Policy
LAW41090
Online Regulation
LAW41150
Immigration & Asylum: Law, Politics & Rights
LAW41310
Placemaking: Urban and Rural Design
PEP40050
Planning, Society and Diversity
PEP40090
Transportation Planning
PEP40210
Urban and Regional Development
PEP40250
Economic and Property Markets
PEP40270
European Environmental Policy
PEP40560
Tools for Sust Development
PEP40610
Research Design & Methods
PEP40640
Urban Env: Risk, Resil, Sust
PEP40700
Environmental Economics & Climate Policy
PEP40830
Public Health Practice
PHPS40040
Health Promotion
PHPS40300
International Political Theory
POL40140
International Political Economy
POL40370
Comparative European Politics
POL40540
Introduction to Statistics
POL40950
Politics of European Governance
POL40970
Politics of Human Rights
POL41020
Theory of Human Rights
POL41030
Research Design and Case Study Methods
POL41640
The Global Political Economy of Europe
POL41650
The Ethics of Immigration and Citizenship
POL41710
Introduction to Statistics
POL41750
Capital in the 21st century
POL41780
Policing & Social Conflict
SOC40080
Advanced Workshop on the Analysis of Qualitative Research and on Evaluation
SOC40130
Health, Illness and Society
SOC40310
Workshop in Qualitative Research
SOC40330
Race, Space and Place
SOC40610
Global Migration
SOC40670
Quantitative Data Analytics & Applications
SOC40830
Housing and Social Cohesion
SPOL40440
Comparing Healthcare Systems
SPOL40470
Drug Use, Community & Society
SPOL40530
Travellers, Rights & Nomadism
SSJ40040
Multivariate Analysis
STAT40150
Regression Methods
STAT40670
Gender, Inequality and Public Policy
WS40150

Comment

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

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