MA in Public Administration and Public Policy


The programme aims to furnish students with an understanding of the complex issues surrounding the formation, implementation and evaluation of public policy. The programme will provide you with a grasp of the international and domestic institutional contexts which shape the policy making process, and specialist expertise in the theoretical and analytical tools necessary to conduct high quality research in public policy and administration.

The range of option modules available to students, along with the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of their choice, allows students to pursue expertise in a particular area of interest, from public management to governance and development. The degree provides an ideal foundation for those wishing to pursue a career in academia, policy advising, lobbying, political research or journalism.


Two Core Modules

Four Option Modules

Click here for a list of optional modules, and to view the Postgraduate Module Handbook.


During the Summer Term students start work on a dissertation on a topic of their choice. The dissertation is due for submission at the end of the summer vacation.

Study Part-Time

The MA in Public Administration and Public Policy may also be taken on a part-time basis over two years (24 months).


null for this course using the online application system.

If you've not already done so, please read the application guidance.


Alex Maunders, MA in Public Administration and Public Policy 

"‌The Politics department at York encourages and supports students in developing their own independent outlook".‌