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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.


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

Careers or further progression

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
Regulatory Governance
Comparative Public Policy
Dissertation Design
Evidence-Based Policy Making

Stage 1 - Option

MPP Thesis CSSL40020
MPP Internship CSSL40030
Econometrics ECON42000
Microeconomics ECON42010
Behavioural Economics ECON42260
Energy Economics and Policy ECON42270
Health & Welfare Economics ECON42350
E'mics of Compet & Regu Policy ECON42410
Disability and Equality EQUL40200
Critical Political Economy EQUL40390
Redrawing Dublin: An Interdisciplinary Exploration in Urban Regeneration GEOG40750
Physical Geography of Cities GEOG40780
Environmental Law and Policy LAW40120
The Regulation of Food Safety and Quality LAW40180
Media Regulation LAW40230
Advanced Issues in European Competition Law LAW40360
Crime and Society LAW40610
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
Asylum and Refugee: Law, Politics and Rights LAW41310
White Collar Crime LAW41500

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
Risk and Resilience in Built Environments PEP40700
Environmental Economics & Climate Policy PEP40830
Economic Principles of Environmental Policy PEP40910
Environmental Risk & Behaviour PEP40920
Public Health Practice PHPS40040
Health Promotion PHPS40300
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
Research Design and Case Study Methods POL41640
The Global Political Economy of Europe POL41650
Introduction to Statistics POL41750
The Politics of Inequality 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

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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2018/2019 September

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