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MPP and MPA Programs

University of Oxford, Blavatnik School of Government (BSG)

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: TO COME

Curriculum Design: TO COME

Professional Program Features: TO COME

Program Summary


University: University of Oxford

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom

Degree: MPP

Marketing Approach: "Educating leaders. It’s as simple as that. Taught by a global community of world-class academics and expert practitioners, our students are uniquely positioned to develop the professional skills and academic knowledge to address some of this century’s most complex public policy challenges. (At, accessed 4 October 2014).

Degrees Awarded per Year: "There are up to 120 places available for 2015 entry." (At, accessed 4 October 2014.)

Academic Unit within University: The Blavatnik School of Government is listed a school within the Social Sciences Division (one of 4 divisions) within the university (, accessed 4 October 2014).

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The BSG is one of 16 units within the Social Sciences Division. According to the Graduate Courses website,, the related degrees are: MBA, MSc in Comparative Social Policy, MSc in Economics for Development, MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy, MSc in Global Health Science, MSc in Medical Anthropology, MPhil in International Relations, MPhil in Politics (Comparative Government), MPhil in Politics (European Politics and Society), MPhil in Politics (Political Theory) and MSc in Social Science of the Internet. As of October 2014, the BSG offers a DPhil in Public Policy, which the BSG website describes as follows: "Our Doctorate in Public Policy (or DPhil, as a PhD is known at the University of Oxford) is a three-year full-time research degree. Our students are academically outstanding individuals who are committed to public service and wish to have a substantial impact on future policy making... As well as developing your academic research expertise, you will learn how to communicate your findings and analysis effectively – an essential skill to achieve real impact. At the end of your studies, you will be qualified to conduct research, advise or be part of governments and other influential policy organisations; you will help evaluating, devising and implementing innovative solutions to current policy issues. Although this degree has a focus on applied research, the academic demands of the programme are high and we recommend that students come with a strong academic background and the necessary skills to undertake their research. We also encourage students to anchor their studies in a core academic discipline. One last thing to note is that the MPP (Master in Public Policy) is unlikely to provide sufficient preparation for the DPhil in Public Policy as it is geared towards developing professional and practical skills." 

Posted Tuition: £33,745 for domestic and international students for 2015-16 (, accessed 21 May 2015)

Concentration/Curriculum Overview

Degree Requirements

Summary:  “The MPP is a very intensive course, as all activities are concentrated over 50 weeks, beginning in late September and ending with an external placement during July and August. Each term goes beyond the 8-week terms typical of the University of Oxford and features a mix of lectures and seminar-based activities with practical workshops and masterclasses taught by external experts. Due to its practical and professional nature, the MPP is not a stepping-stone for the DPhil in Public Policy.” (At, accessed 4 October 2014).

Duration: One year full-time.

Academic Prerequisite: Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in any discipline. There is no preferred background for the MPP and applications are welcomed from all academic and professional disciplines. For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.7 out of 4.0. (At

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 13 (An estimate; see Note 1 below.)

Note 1: From the information available on Oxford and BSG websites, it is difficult to determine the appropriate equivalencies of individual modules and of the total program. More detail will be sought from BSG administrators. For our preliminary estimate, we have assumed that the "very intensive...concentrated over 50 weeks" warrants a somewhat higher total course equivalency than the 12 one-semester courses associated with most of the other UK taught Master's programs. (As noted in Credit Requirements and Course Equivalents, a taught Master's course in England requires a minimum of 180 CATS credits, and 15 CATS credits are equivalent to 1 one-semester course.) If we assign 1 one-semester-course equivalent to each of the 6 core modules and the 2 elective option modules, and 2 one-semester course equivalents to the six-week Summer Project, this adds to 10 one-semester course equivalents. If we take the total program length to be 13 one-semester course equivalents, then the rest of the required modules and sessions would add to 3 one-semester course equivalents. We have assigned 0.5 one-semester course equivalents to each of the 4 Applied Policy modules, to the Policy Challenge and to the total of the Professional Skills sessions, to make the total add to 13. 

Number of Required Courses:  11 (See Note 1 above.)

Number of Electives Typically Taken: 2

Number of Courses Offered within Program: 23

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: Yes

Internship Required: No

International Study Required: No

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: No

Student-run Journal: No

Applied Projects: No.

Pro Bono Consulting: No.

Courses Offered: List available at

Course Material Online: Course descriptions but no syllabi available online.

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The table below indicates the distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment determined by the PEACO Algorithm




I. Courses Required and Offered

Number of one-semester courses required for degree


Number of required courses


Number of elective courses taken


Number of courses offered


Enrolment weight of elective courses


II. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among Atlas

     Domains and Subjects

Tools and Skills


  - Strategy and Structure


  - Economic Analysis



  - Quantitative Methods and Management Sciences


  - Leadership, Communication, Professional Practice


Institutions and Context


  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process


  - Ethics and Accountability


  - Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts


Management Functions


  - Public Financial Management


  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement


  - Other Management Functions


Policy Sectors


  - Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy


  - International Development


  - Health


  - Other Policy Sectors




III. Number of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student in NASPAA Required Competency Domains

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Total Course Equivalents taken in Required Competencies


IV. Ratio of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student to Estimated Requirement for Competency

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Ratio of Total Instruction in Competencies to Amount Needed


V. Number of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics or Quantitative

      Methods Courses taken by Typical Student

Economic Analysis


Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy


Quantitative Methods




Source: Blavatnik School web sites cited above (accessed 4 October 2014).

Page Created By: Ian Clark on 4 October 2014. Updating and editing may consist of substantive and/or formatting changes. Unless otherwise noted, however, information regarding a program's structure, curricular offerings and PEACO score is based on the program as it was on the date of page creation. The content presented on this page, except for the assignments of courses to Atlas subjects, the Instructional Distribution analysis, and the Commentary is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.

Oxford BSG MPP Course Map
 C o u r s e s  O f f e r e d,  l i s t e d  b y  P u b l i c  P o l i c y  a n d  M a n a g e m e n t  S u b j e c t

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  Core III: The Organization and Practice of Government (R)

 Economic Analysis

  Core II: Economics for Public Policy (R)

 Quantitative Methods

 Analytic Methods

  Applied Policy III: Major Program Management (R/2)
  Applied Policy IV: Negotiation (R/2)

 Leadership Skills

 Communication Skills

  Applied Policy I: Communications and Strategy (R/8)

 Professional Practice

  Summer Project (2R)
  Professional Skills Sessions (R/2)

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  Core V: Law and Public Policy (R)

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  Core I: Foundations (R)

 Social and Political Context

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

  Applied Policy II: Private Finance and Public Budgeting (R/2)
  Option: Innovations in Budgeting, Operations and Public Policy in Local and Regional Government

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

  Core IV: Policy Evaluation (R)

 Human Resource Management

 Information Management and Technology

 Program and Service Delivery

 Regulatory Policy and Management

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

  Option: Taxing Business

 International Development

  Option: The Challenges of Democratization
  Option: Economic Development

 Social Policy and Welfare

  Option: Social Policy in the 21st Century


  Policy Challenge: Health Care Reform: Why, How and for Whom? (R/2)
  Option: Global Health Policies: Design, Implementation and Impacts


 Employment, Labour and Immigration

  Option: International Migration and Public Policy

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

 Environment and Sustainability

  Option: Climate Change: Global Problem, Global Solution?

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

  Option: Delivering Infrastructure

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

  Option: Security

 Policing and Justice Administration

  Option: Police and Policing

 Arts and Culture

 Financial Markets

 Other Policy Sectors

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