University of Oxford, Blavatnik School of Government (BSG)
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University: University of Oxford
Location: Oxford, United Kingdom
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 http://www.bsg.ox.ac.uk/study, accessed 4 October 2014).
Degrees Awarded per Year: "There are up to 120 places available for 2015 entry." (At http://www.bsg.ox.ac.uk/study/mpp/mpp-how-apply, 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 (http://www.ox.ac.uk/, 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, http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/master-public-policy, 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 (http://www.ox.ac.uk/students/fees-funding/fees/rates, accessed 21 May 2015)
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 http://www.bsg.ox.ac.uk/study/mpp/mpp-schedule-overview, 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 http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/master-public-policy.)
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 http://www.bsg.ox.ac.uk/study/mpp/mpp-modules
Course Material Online: Course descriptions but no syllabi available online.