Politics and Public Policy (MSc Econ)
- Duration: 1 year
- Mode: Full time
Why study this course
Evaluate politics and public policy at local, Welsh, UK, EU and international levels.
Learn from professionals
Explore all aspects of Politics and Public Policy in Wales and beyond; taught by experts in their field including a former minister.
This degree will be valuable for those interested in careers that involve policymaking at any level.
Our MSc Econ Politics and Public Policy programme is designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of policy analysis and governance within a multi-level context – from local to international settings.
This programme will equip you with advanced analytical and conceptual skills to critically evaluate politics and public policy at multiple levels of governance. It also provides a thorough training in analytical methods and approaches (qualitative and quantitative) used for conducting research in these areas.
You’ll be provided with a range of modules designed to provide a solid foundation of knowledge and understanding in politics and public policy. You can choose modules of particular interest to you at local, Welsh, UK, EU and international levels.
Your learning activities will include student presentations and group work, designed to refine a range of transferable skills including communication, organisational and interpersonal skills.
You’ll benefit from our close ties to Wales’ devolved institutions as well as to the UK and Scottish levels of government. The School is also home to the Wales Governance Centre, the leading centre for the study of Welsh politics, law and political economy.
Where you'll study
Our vibrant student body combined with highly qualified academic staff provides the perfect environment to explore the dynamic and fast-paced fields of law, politics and international relations.
Suitable for graduates who normally possess a 2:1 degree classification in International Relations, Politics, English, Modern Languages, History, Religious Studies, Geography, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Social Policy and Journalism.
In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must obtain an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other components, or an equivalent English language qualification.
Early application is strongly advised, normally well before the end of July. Later applications will be considered, but international students must bear in mind the time needed to obtain a visa.
Find out more about English language requirements.
Applicants who require a Student visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements.
You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.
If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:
- access to computers or devices that can store images
- use of internet and communication tools/devices
- freedom of movement
- contact with people related to Cardiff University.
You will take compulsory and optional modules offered by the Department of Politics and International Relations (subject to any pre-requisite conditions, accommodation, timetable or other constraints that may apply in that particular year) and complete a dissertation.
The programme is delivered in two stages. Stage One (the taught component) comprises 15- and 30-credit compulsory and optional modules; Stage Two comprises the dissertation. During stage One, you will be taught and assessed in modules in each semester.
You will progress to the dissertation upon successful completion of Stage One.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.
Year One comprises taught modules to the value of 60 credits, delivered through 15- and 30-credit compulsory and optional modules. Upon successful completion of the taught stage, you will progress to the 60-credit dissertation.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|The Law of Devolution in Wales||CLT605||30 credits|
|Public International Law||PLT052||15 credits|
|Contemporary Welsh Politics||PLT053||30 credits|
|Research Methods: Approaches to Knowledge||PLT062||15 credits|
|Public Policy||PLT069||15 credits|
|Devolution and Public Policy in Wales||PLT074||30 credits|
|Anglo-American Relations||PLT078||15 credits|
|Governing and Policy-Making in Britain||PLT116||15 credits|
|Contemporary British Politics: Key Trends||PLT421||15 credits|
|From Mary Wollstonecraft to Lady Gaga: What is this Thing called Feminism?||PLT428||15 credits|
|Themes and Debates in Contemporary Comparative Politics||PLT432||15 credits|
|Government from the Inside: from the Minister's Viewpoint||PLT435||15 credits|
|There Is No Alternative? Britain Under Thatcher||PLT447||15 credits|
|Politics in and about Northern Ireland since 1998||PLT451||15 credits|
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.
Learning and assessment
How will I be taught?
Studying for a postgraduate degree is intensive and challenging and it is important that you take full advantage of the teaching that is provided in order to succeed. Attendance at classes and dissertation supervisions is compulsory; we will expect you to undertake self-directed study, be well prepared by completing the required reading, and participate fully in classes.
Learning is primarily by means of small group sessions designed to enable you to analyse and critically evaluate major public policy issues and the concepts, theories and methods used in the analysis of public policy and politics.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is via a variety of coursework and unseen written examinations, accompanied by personalised feedback designed to enable you to improve your performance over the course of the programme. The forms of coursework assessment include essays, seminar presentations, class tests and book and article reviews.
Summative assessments count towards your degree. Your marks in these assessments count towards your formal progression from Stage One (taught modules) to Stage Two (the dissertation), and towards the determination of your final award. The dissertation comprises the Stage Two summative assessment.
How will I be supported?
We will support you in improving your study and research skills with dedicated classes at the beginning of each semester.
All modules are supported by Learning Central, a virtual learning environment that is available on and off campus through which you will access a wide range of materials for your modules.
You will receive pastoral support through our personal tutor scheme and academic staff have dedicated office hours to meet with students to discuss any learning queries.
We offer a programme of visiting speakers and guest lectures at which students are welcome.
A designated Disability and Diversity Officer ensures that reasonable adjustments are made for students with disabilities.
The University has a range of services to support you, including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service and excellent libraries with specialist subject librarians and resource centres. The University also offers writing skills support for students whose first language is not English.
Feedback is given orally during seminars and you will receive written feedback on your summative coursework. Feedback will help you identify strengths and weaknesses in your learning, as well how you might improve your performance. Written feedback will be made available no later than four weeks from the submission of your assessment.
What skills will I practise and develop?
You are expected to assume a greater responsibility for your education as you undertake your postgraduate studies. Through the course of this programme, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both discipline specific and more generic employability skills.
During the programme you will be able to extend your communication and presentation skills, both oral and written and develop collaborative skills through group problem solving. You will enhance your analytical skills, be able to develop a reasoned argument and reflect on your own learning by making use of constructive feedback.
You will be encouraged to work independently and develop your research skills by seeking relevant materials from a variety of sources, evaluating this evidence to develop a reasoned argument. You will reflect upon empirical and theoretical issues and critically evaluate current research. Discussion and debate will hone logical skills and enable deeper insight into the subject matter.
Students from the UK
Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
EU, EEA and Swiss nationals starting in 2020/21 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course.
If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, unless you qualify for UK fee status, tuition fees for 2021/22 will be in line with the fees charged for international students. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.
Students from the rest of the world (international)
More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.
Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.
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A Master's degree in Politics and Public Policy demonstrates that you have an excellent understanding of government and policy-making at multiple level of governance that will be of use in a wide range of roles within the public, private and third sectors. You will also have advanced analytical, research and communications skills, including the ability to independently solve problems and make decisions in challenging situations. For these reasons, the degree opens the way for careers in a wide range of fields. These include a variety of roles at local, Welsh, UK, EU and international levels within the public, private and third sectors. The stress on research skills and independent study also means that graduates are well-placed to continue their academic studies and undertake PhDs.