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University of Warwick, Politics and International Studies (PAIS)

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Program Summary


University: University of Warwick

Location: Coventry, United Kingdom

Degree: MA in Public Policy

Marketing Approach: "Governments are facing more, and more complex, demands every day. Their ability to deliver on those demands is increasingly circumscribed. If we want to make a difference in the world, we need to understand the limits and possibilities of policy making in modern democracies. Why do bad ideas become policy and good ideas languish for years? Does democracy get in the way of policy, or is the policy profession itself anti-democratic? Can citizens even have much influence on policy in a globalising, networked world?" (At, accessed 5 April 2014.)

Degrees Awarded per Year: TBD [Information will be requested from the School]

Academic Unit within University: The Department of Politics and International Studies is a department within the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The Department of Politics and International Studies's graduate programs are listed, by graduate unit, at The  degrees most closely related to the MA in PP include: US Foreign Policy, Political & Legal Theory and International Development, and an MSc Economics of Public Policy at the Department of Economics.

Posted Tuition: £9,415 tuition and fees per year for MA for domestic/EU students entering in 2013 and £15,414 tuition and fees per year for MA for international students entering in 2013 (at

Concentration/Curriculum OverviewWhile it has an applied focus, the course is unique in that it combines an understanding of descriptive and normative theory with the practice of policy analysis and PAIS’s world-leading work on transnational policy-making. It is thus ideal for students wanting to pursue advanced conceptual studies in Politics but who want to give those studies an applied focus. The core module, Theories and Traditions in Public Policy, identifies and analyses the main traditions of policy studies, the core concepts of policy analysis, and theories of policy change. In addition to the core module, students take any other modules totalling 80 CATS from a large range options. There are more than 25 to choose from in PAIS alone, or students can take approved modules from other Warwick departments. By selecting from this wide range of modules, each student can focus their Public Policy MA on a particular branch of policy studies, including European policy, global policy, policy and security, policy and development, general public policy, and more.

MA Degree Requirements

Summary: The MA in Public Policy follows the standard program structure ( for PAIS MAs:

Part I

  • You will follow 120 CATS (credits) of taught modules in Terms 1 & 2
  • 40 of these CATS will be your core module
  • The other 80 CATS may comprise of any combination of PAIS modules which
    • Is feasible within the relevant year's timetable
    • Is spread evenly between terms (i.e., you cannot overload one term)
    • May include a mix of 40 CATS (full year) and 20 CATS (half year) modules
    • May include up to 40 CATS from a cognate department (see modules page)
  • This works out to a commitment of 60 CATS per term, or six 2-hour seminar sessions + independent research
  • You will also participate in several workshops spread throughout the year, including research skills and careers sessions
  • Taught modules in PAIS are assessed by essay only

Part II

  • You must pass Part I in order to proceed to Part II
  • You will research and write a 10,000 word 60 CATS dissertation in Term 3 & over the summer holidays
  • You will be assigned an academic advisor to help guide your research
  • You will have the opportunity to participate in a Dissertation Conference to present your research and see what your colleagues are working on

Duration: 3 terms

Academic Prerequisite: Upper-second class honours degree (2.1) or equivalent. Your undergraduate degree should come from a recognised institution in a discipline related to Politics and International Studies.

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 12 (180 CATS credits including 60 CATS credits for the dissertation

Note 1: As noted in Credit Requirements and Course Equivalents, any Master's course in England requires a minimum of 180 CATS credits, and 15 CATS credits are equivalent to 1 one-semester course.

Number of Required Courses: 6.7 (100 CATS credits, including 60 CATS credits for the dissertation)

Number of Electives Typically Taken 5.3 (80 CATS credits)

Number of Courses Offered within Program: 42, only includes those in the Public Policy programme route and does not include modules offered outside PAIS, see

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: 10,000 word (60 CATS credit or 4 one-semester course equivalent) dissertation in Term 3 and over the summer holidays

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: The full list of 2013-2014 courses is found at:

Course Material Online: Short course descriptions, but few if any syllabi are available to the public online.

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Warwick Course Map below. [See note on 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: At and (accessed 5 April 2014).

Page Created By: Matthew Seddon on 5 April 2014 and updated by Ian Clark on 5 October 2014 and Dave Marshall on 3 April 2015. 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.

Warwick 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

Note: Courses listed have 20 CATS credits except those marked 2E (40 elective CATS credits), 2R (40 required CATS credits) and 3R (60 CATS credits)

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  PO977: Theories and Traditions in Public Policy (2R)

 Economic Analysis

 Quantitative Methods

  PO906: Data Analysis and Interpretation
  PO939: Qualitative Methods

 Analytic Methods

 Leadership Skills

 Communication Skills

 Professional Practice

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  PO994: Democratic Design
  PO934: Comparative Politics
  PO993: Everyday Political Theory
  Dissertation (3R)

 Social and Political Context

  PO9A1: Citizenship, Cultural Diversity and the Multi-Faith Society

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  PO909: Justice and Equality

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

  PO997: The Global Political Economy of the Household
  PO984: The Global Food System
  PO996: Gender and Global Politics
  PO9A2: Borders and Migration
  PO908: Politics of International Trade (2E)
  PO942: Theories and Issues in International Political Economy (2E)
  PO975: New Rising World Powers (2E)
  PO9A3: Global Economic Governance (2E)
  PO910: European Integration (2E)
  PO919: Politics of Global Finance (2E)
  PO926: Theories and Issues in International Relations (2E)
  PO967: New Security Challenges (2E)
  PO992: Economic Cultures and Global Flows: Rethinking International Political Economy (2E)

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

 Human Resource Management

 Information Management and Technology

 Program and Service Delivery

 Regulatory Policy and Management

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

 International Development

  PO998: The Politics of Development in Southeast Asia
  PO901: Theories and Issues in International Development (2E)
  PO911: Democratisation and Development (2E)
  PO920: International Relations of the Asia-Pacific (2E)
  PO902: East Asian Development Models and the Political Economy of the Asia/Pacific Region (2E)

 Social Policy and Welfare



 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

 Environment and Sustainability

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

  PO980: United States Foreign Policy
  PO983: United States Foreign Policy and National Security (2E)

 Policing and Justice Administration

 Arts and Culture

 Financial Markets

 Other Policy Sectors

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