Course Description

MSc in Public Policy



MSc in Public Policy is a course run by Dublin City University (DCU), Dublin. For more information about MSc in Public Policy at Dublin City University (DCU), please review the details below.

Introduction

Recent crises have exposed flaws in the policymaking systems of many countries around the world, and very markedly in Ireland. In part, these flaws reflect the technical capacity of policymakers to effectively formulate and implement public policies and analyse potential consequences in complex and evolving circumstances.

This relationship is recognised by the Irish state, the EU, and other international bodies as they attempt to increase the number of professionally qualified policy specialists working with them.

In response DCU is offering a bespoke, online interdisciplinary course designed to meet the requirements of a new generation of policymakers — the MSc in Public Policy is a new type of professional degree with an intellectual base and methodological rigour that reflect the needs of a society facing more nuanced and complex challenges.

Programme Structure and Content

You’ll take four core modules, and choose two other modules from a suite of options, followed by a Policy Analysis Exercise. An innovative departure from the traditional dissertation, this Policy Analysis Exercise — which can be linked to your employment — is an opportunity for you to work on real policy problems set by public organisations.

Programme Aims and Objectives

  • Viewing public policy analysis as the technology to the science of social science is central both to the delivery of courses and to student assessment.
  • The course prepares students to perform, understand and communicate professional policy analysis in the public sector and sectors working to it.
  • Along with online lectures, the programme employs problem-based learning (PBL) — this involves you becoming versed in the most up-to-date aspects of and science behind a relevant discipline, observing these elements in operation by working through case studies, and then using the knowledge gained to solve set problems.
  • To prepare you for the working world, you’ll be prompted to collaborate with other students to define problems, identify relevant data to solve these and divide work in fair and efficient ways.

Why Choose DCU?

  • Draw on expertise across Ireland’s most innovative university.
  • Small class sizes with a diverse student body.
  • Interactive, problem-based teaching style.
  • Accessible lecturers with real expertise in their disciplines.
  • Links to employers and a network of alumni.

Why Do This Programme?

  •  Join the growing number of professional policy specialists working directly for state, national and international organisations; or serve as a policy specialist in a private sector or civil society organisation with an increasing need to be informed in public policy.
  • Become a policymaker or an informed actor in the policymaking system by developing skills and knowledge in quantitative methods, policy design and implementation, research design, communications skills, law, and policy analysis.
  • Increase your expertise in specific policy areas.
  • Gain real-world experience of policymaking in a variety of fields through engagement with civil society organisations, local authorities, public agencies and government departments.
  • Build relationships and contacts with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, a range of specialists and policymakers that will give you a head start as you build your career.

For more details, see: dcu.ie/courses/postgraduate/school-law-and-government/msc-public-policy

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Training ProviderDublin City University (DCU)
Course LocationGlasnevin, Dublin
Location PostcodeDublin 9
Awarding BodyDublin City University
Awarding Body DetailsMSc in Public Policy
Entry RequirementsRequirements General Entry Requirements For admission to the MSc in Public Policy programme, successful applicants will have - A degree at the level of an Irish or UK Honours undergraduate degree (H2.2 or above) or equivalent, Applicants with appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may also be considered. This includes discipline-specific knowledge and know-how; transferable skills; basic research competency; personal effectiveness. International candidates who are non-native speakers of English must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language. Fees Full time EU Status Fee €6,750 Non EU Fee €15,000 Part time EU Status Fee Part-time €3,600 Per Annum Non EU Fee Part time €7,400 Per Annum
Carear PathThe MSc in Public Policy’s range of modules equips participants with a range of social science skills, such as quantitative analysis, research design, economics and communications methods to develop, analyse, evaluate and communicate public policies. These have been carefully chosen, in consultation with key stakeholders such as senior civil servants and ministers, so that graduates of the programme are in position to become leaders in policymaking. Potential Careers Policy Advisor Policy Maker Public Servant Communications Consultant
Course CodeDC648(Full Time), DC649(Part Time)
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