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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.

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.

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.

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.

Duration

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

Number of credits

90

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 Number: +353 1 716 8643

Subjects taught

Stage 1 Core
Public Administration & Policy
CSSL40010
Comparative Public Policy
POL40160
Evidence-Based Policy Making
SPOL40450
Data & Methods for Policy Analysis
SPOL41020

Stage 1 Option
Applied Policy Analysis Modelling
AERD40160
Applied Policy Analysis Modell
AERD40170
Special Project
CSSL40070
MPP Internship
CSSL40140
MPP Thesis
CSSL40150
Econometrics
ECON42000
Microeconomics
ECON42010
Behavioural Economics
ECON42260
Energy Economics and Policy
ECON42270
Health & Welfare Economics
ECON42350
Economics of Competition Policy
ECON42410
Tools for Sust Development
ENVP40040
Environmental Economics & Climate Policy
ENVP40100
Disability and Equality
EQUL40200
Critical Political Economy
EQUL40390
Reimagining Dublin: An Interdisciplinary Exploration in Urban Regeneration
GEOG40750
Physical Geography of Cities
GEOG40780
Gender, Inequality and Public Policy
GS40030
Environmental Law and Policy
LAW40120
Advanced Issues in European Competition Law
LAW40360
Punishment, Prisons & Public Policy
LAW40620
Advanced Criminological Theory
LAW40640
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
Public Health Practice and Policy
PHPS40040
Health Promotion
PHPS40300
Placemaking: Urban and Rural Design
PLAN40020
Planning, Society and Diversity
PLAN40030
Transportation Planning
PLAN40050
Urban and Regional Development
PLAN40060
Housing Policy and Planning
PLAN40070
Economic and Property Markets
PLAN40080
International Political Theory
POL40140
International Political Economy
POL40370
Comparative European Politics
POL40540
EU Foreign, Security, and Defence Pol.
POL40610
Introduction to Statistics
POL40950
Politics of European Governance
POL40970
Politics of Human Rights
POL41020
Theory of Human Rights
POL41030
Qualitative Research Methods for Political Science
POL41640
The Global Political Economy of Europe
POL41650
Political Theory and the EU
POL42000
Quantitative Text Analysis
POL42050
Policing & Social Conflict
SOC40080
Workshop in Qualitative Research
SOC40330
Global Migration
SOC40670
Housing and Social Cohesion
SPOL40440
Comparing Healthcare Systems
SPOL40470
Drug Use, Community & Society
SPOL40530
Nonprofit Sector in Comparative Perspective: Politics, Regulation and Business
SPOL40980
Multivariate Analysis
STAT40150

Application date

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

The following entry routes are available:

Master of Public Policy (W279)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

Master of Public Policy PT (W289)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

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

Course fee

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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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