University of Edinburgh

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Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL, United Kingdom

Government, Policy and Society

Our Government, Policy & Society programme is specifically designed for students interested in the content of public policy, the process by which policy is made, and its impact on society. It examines how politicians and civil servants make decisions; how they are restricted by resource constraints, developments in the global economy, market forces and existing institutions; how crucial areas of social policy, such as health, education, inequality, welfare and employment are shaped; the relationship between government and society; and the ways in which various non-governmental actors try to influence policy. You will engage with the core debates that divide political opinion, on how to develop societies positively. The programme makes use of interdisciplinary learning to help you understand the interactions of multiple levels of government in the policy process. You will engage with core concepts from diverse social science disciplines such as political science, social policy, sociology, economics, and public administration and then be able to specialise in the specific policy areas of interest to you. Our expertise spans Scotland, the UK, the European Union, and international government as well as the linkages between these levels. Learning about the workings of government and the development of policy in the capital of a powerful sub-state is a highly enriching experience. The University is on the doorstep of one of the most powerful sub-national governments and parliaments in the world and is deeply embedded in a very open and vibrant public policy community. We use a wide range of assessments for our courses to develop a broad set of skills that will be useful to you in many areas of work after graduation. These include classic formats such as essays and exams, as well as innovative assignment types, such as policy briefs and policy blogging. We have a worldwide reputation for research excellence and our teaching is research-led. This means you will be taught by internationally renowned scholars who are experts in their fields, working at the forefront of their disciplines, and who take part in public debate about a range of questions concerning the future of society.

  • Qualification
    Master of Arts (with Honours) - MA (Hons)
  • Study mode
  • Duration
    4 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    Main Site,Edinburgh
  • Fees & Finances
  • England Year 1 £9,250
  • Northern Ireland Year 1 £9,250
  • Wales Year 1 £9,250
  • Channel Islands Year 1 £9,250
  • EU Year 1 £1,820
  • Scotland Year 1 £1,820
  • International Year 1 £18,800