Public Policy

University of Edinburgh


Central Campus


This programme is designed for graduates looking for an advanced professional qualification to provide a launch pad for careers in the public sector, nonprofit sector or international policy community.

You will be taught using a variety of innovative teaching methods with a focus on providing a strong practice-oriented element to provide you with the skills necessary for a career in the public sector.

The MPP is a theory-based empirically informed and practice-oriented. It aims to:
•develop analytical and conceptual skills to enable critical evaluation of major policy issues, policy processes, policy implementation and policy linkages
•examine in detail the political, economic and social context of policy-making at the local, regional, state and international levels
•develop an in-depth knowledge of specific policy issues
•provide a thorough training in analytical methods and approaches (qualitative and quantitative) used for policy development and implementation
•develop an understanding of practical and ethical issues in policy-making
•enhance knowledge and professional skills for public sector careers
•provide professional experience through the work placement component.

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 undergraduate degree or its international equivalent.

Successful applicants usually meet more than minimum requirements, and most have some experience of working in a political or policy-related environment.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Full time

Course Length

12 months


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Social and Political Science

SCQF Level



Career Sectors

Administration and Management General


Human Resource Management

Public Services Administration