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.

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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

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.

 

  • Understand the political, ethical, social and economic factors which influence policymaking, along with the challenges associated with effective policy implementation and regulation.
  • Take a critical view of policy analysis, recognizing the variety of considerations that shape policy outcomes and the variety of ideas, expectations, and norms that shape debates about appropriate policy solutions and the assessment of policy outcomes.
  • Critically appraise and reflect on the role of the policy analyst within the democratic and policy-making process.
  • Demonstrate advanced theoretical and conceptual knowledge of public policy and governance, developing their understanding of current debates within public policy and governance.
  • Systematically analyse public policies comparatively in an international, national, and subnational context, to apply the latest in public policy research.
  • Apply advanced theory to problem-solving and public policy challenges, drawing on a range of disciplinary approaches and analytical tools.
  • Articulate concepts, knowledge, debates and research to peers, specialist and non-specialist audiences from an inter-disciplinary perspective, contributing to evidence-based policy-making.
  • Exercise effective group and team-based approaches to learning, research, and presentation.
  • Apply advanced theory to problem-solving and public policy challenges, drawing on a range of disciplinary approaches and analytical tools.
  • Articulate concepts, knowledge, debates and research to peers, specialist and non-specialist audiences from an inter-disciplinary perspective, contributing to evidence-based policy-making.
  • Critically appraise and reflect on the role of the policy analyst within the democratic and policy-making process.
  • Demonstrate advanced theoretical and conceptual knowledge of public policy and governance, developing their understanding of current debates within public policy and governance.
  • Exercise effective group and team-based approaches to learning, research, and presentation.
  • Systematically analyse public policies comparatively in an international, national, and subnational context, to apply the latest in public policy research.
  • Take a critical view of policy analysis, recognizing the variety of considerations that shape policy outcomes and the variety of ideas, expectations, and norms that shape debates about appropriate policy solutions and the assessment of policy outcomes.
  • Understand the political, ethical, social and economic factors which influence policymaking, along with the challenges associated with effective policy implementation and regulation.

MPP Public Policy (W279) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 7055
nonEU    fee per year - € 19200

MPP Public Policy (W289) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 4590
nonEU    fee per year - € 9600

***Fees are subject to change

Each application is considered on its individual merits. The applicants should have earned a honours bachelors degree (NFQ Level 8) from a recognised universtiy in a relevant subject such as Political Science, International Relations, Social Science, Sociology, Geography, Economics, Global Studies, Public Policy, EU Studies, Law/International Law, Accounting & Finance, Business 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 meeting 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.

N.B. Click here  for the admission requirements for the Economics Policy Stream.

 

Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the  English language requirements, may enter the programme upon  successful completion of UCD’s Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information http://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/ 

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