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MSc International and Comparative Public Policy

Course overview

Start date

September 2018

Subject area

Social Sciences





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Course Summary

Have you seen unpredictable elections and the ever-changing world order, and wanted to be involved in how those situations develop, and how governments and international organisations operate in this time of change?

With political shocks and turbulent leaderships shaking global foundations, systems and diplomatic relationships between leading countries, there is a demand for public policy expertise to work on the front line, resolving issues that affect societies and individuals.

Studying in London's fastest developing area, East London, and the possibility of spending a year in the rising global superpower, China, and obtain two degrees, our brand new MSc ICPP course, offering an analysis and profound understanding of the ever-changing dynamic of international relations, policy-making processes and comparative politics, will bring you to the forefront of expertise in global and regional politics.

Policy is at the centre of all political, social and organisational practice and requries professionals who have sharp analytical skills and a wide breadth of relevant knowledge. This state-of-the-art course, at the forefront of today's turbulent developments, is designed to train future generations of expert policy practioners who can lead strategy and change.

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Only one of two courses in London on this topic

A brand new course at the forefront of today's turbulent world, designed for you to become an expert in international policy making and work on the front line of global or regional politics.

2 for 1

Study abroad in China and get two masters with no extra tuition fee

Students on this programme have a unique opportunity to spend a year at University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), in Chengdu, and gain a second Masters with no additional tuition fee. 

Unlock your potential and kick start a new career

Whether you're changing career or furthering your undergraduate study, this course allows you to work at some of the world's leading organisations, such as the European Union, United Nations, OECD, World Bank, or work in local government and helping your community or regional area.

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Through this course, you will develop the expertise and skills you need to pursue a career in local and international government, political think tanks, pressure groups and charities, with rewarding careers in journalism, policy advocacy and political risk analysis, as well as in business consultancy, project management, and communications. This could be your first step towards specialist careers in International organisations such as the UN, World Bank, EU or the OECD.

Dr Branislav Radeljic , Programme Director

Your Year in China

All students on the MSc International and Comparative Public Policy course will have the incredible opportunity to spend a second year, with no extra tuition fee, studying Public Management at University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) in Chengdu, and obtain a second Masters degree on top of your one from UEL.

UESTC is a highly-ranked university in western China. It has two campuses, with a beautiful main campus in Qingshuihe, featuring a time square, wetland park and living water lakes not far from it, and a large forest behind it.

The Masters in Public Management at UESTC's School of Political Science and Public Administration is taught entirely in English and tuition is free for UEL students. Although their programme is 2 years, UESTC will recognise your studies at UEL as equivalent to the first year of the programme. You will therefore only need to study in China for one year to complete the UESTC Masters.

It is truly an unmissable opportunity and you will be profoundly encouraged to take part in it. For more information about UESTC, visit their website on the link below.

UESTC Website

Your Future Career

With such a tempesteous environment and profoundly complex decisions to make in the coming years, by not just the UK and the EU, but many nations and their relationships with former allies becoming under increased pressure and scrutiny, there has never been a better time to become a policy expert and work in national and international organisations, as they navigate the next few years and decades to come.

This course is designed to give you the skills to work for national and international governmental and non-governmental organisations active in the social and public policy area, interest organisations such as trade unions and business enterprises, consultancy companies and think tanks, as well as national, regional and local governments departments and institutions.

If you're already working in these areas, we'll ensure you're prepared to move up the career ladder within your area of expertise. You may also wish to continue onto doctoral study in subjects like international relations, public policy or political economy.

The MSc ICPP course could be your first step towards specialist careers in academia or in international organisations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the European Union, the International Labour Organisation, or the OECD.

How you'll learn

Our programme offers analysis of international relations, policy-making processes and comparative politics, of crucial relevance to understanding and addressing the public policy challenges. We draw from the public, private and third sector and from a range of disciplines including political science, social policy, economics and labour studies. 

World-class academics and expert practitioners from international and non-governmental sectors teach on the course. Their experience is of great relevance in terms of your future employment and professional development. By learning about the policy process, policy actors, policy implementation and evaluation at local, national, regional and international levels, you will develop analytical and professional skills to address the complex public policy challenges.

The MSc ICPP comprises a core curriculum, including a dissertation of 15,000 words and elective modules. 

Core curriculum includes: International Organisation; Comparative Public Policy; Research Methods; MSc Dissertation (For this you can choose a subject linked to your previous professional interest or a completely different area for analysis)

Our academic team are actively involved in shaping the global debate on many of these issues and will guide you through the modules with creative learning methods, feedback and advice.

What you'll learn


International Organisation
Comparative Public Policy
Research Methods


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Global Environmental Politics
International Human Rights
Introduction to Forced Migration
Sustainability and the Commons
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How you'll be assessed

You’ll be assessed through a wide range of marked coursework, including essays, project work, oral presentations, critical readings, annotated bibliographies, publicity briefings, and independent research reports. You’ll also undertake a dissertation in which you’ll carry out a piece of research in an area of your choice.

Course specification

Entry requirements

An honours degree in a relevant subject

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. 


(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a clear commitment to engaging with the topics related to International and Comparative Public Policy. Experience in NGOs and government agencies at time of application is welcomed.
Overall IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

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