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Public Policy 1+1

About the programme

The Public Policy 1+1 is a two-year graduate experience linking two taught degree courses that will help you become a more effective leader, changemaker and develop your research skills for working in public policy organisations.

Through the Public Policy 1+1 programme, you will complete an intensive taught Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree course that offers a distinctive approach to learning about public policy. The MPP is a one-year graduate degree that will help you develop your understanding of public policy challenges. You will learn about how policy is made, implemented and evaluated in governments at local, regional and global levels. The MPP is a transformative opportunity for current and future leaders with a commitment to public service. The MPP derives lessons for better governance from countries all around the world. You will discover, share and build on successes achieved by policymakers in other countries – from the smallest to the most powerful.

In the second year, the MSc in Public Policy Research will teach you how to conduct robust, applied and impactful research, and give you a keen understanding of the relationship between research evidence and other major influences on the public policy process such as ideologies and institutions. You will be able to design and undertake a range of policy-relevant research methods to the highest standards and you will effectively communicate research findings to a wide range of audiences, including policymakers and the general public.

At the end of the Public Policy 1+1 programme, you will be able to design and undertake a range of policy-relevant research methods and effectively communicate your research findings to policymakers and the general public.

In order to be considered for the Public Policy 1+1 you must submit separate applications for the Master of Public Policy (MPP) and the MSc in Public Policy Research in the same admission cycle. You should follow the instructions in the How to apply section of each course page, paying particular attention to the personal statement and written work requirements for each course. You should state clearly that you wish to be considered for the Public Policy 1+1 programme in your personal statement.

Applicants accepted to the 2022-24 Public Policy 1+1 programme, will undertake the Master of Public Policy (MPP) during the 2022-23 academic year and (subject to satisfactory progress on the MPP and meetings any conditions for progression that have been set) will go on to study for the MSc in Public Policy Research during the 2023-24 academic year.

Benefits of the Public Policy 1+1 programme include:

  • teaching by outstanding academics, as well as expert practitioners, you will be uniquely positioned to develop academic knowledge and professional skills to address some of this century's most complex public policy challenges; and
  • upon completion you will be well equipped for research and related jobs in government, quasi-governmental agencies, state and local governments, international organisations, not-for-profit organisations, charities and pressure groups.

Supervision

The allocation of graduate supervision for this course is the responsibility of the Blavatnik School of Government and it is not always possible to accommodate the preferences of incoming students to work with a particular member of staff.  Under exceptional circumstances a supervisor may be found outside the Blavatnik School of Government.

You will meet with your academic supervisor to discuss the progress of your studies, and in your second year they will help you to identify your research topic, devise an important and researchable question, formulate and execute an appropriate research design, and produce a methodologically sound and impactful thesis. The Blavatnik School of Government will assign supervisors at the start of each year on the basis of the intellectual and policy interests expressed by students. For the MSc, in addition to the academic supervisor, you will also be assigned a policy mentor from a public policy organisation to provide advice and feedback on the research from a practitioner perspective.

Assessment

Candidates receive individual awards for each of the two programmes. Progression from the Master of Public Policy (MPP) to the MSc in Public Policy Research is subject to satisfactory progress being made on the MPP and meeting any conditions for progression that have been set.

Please see both the Master of Public Policy (MPP) course page and the MSc in Public Policy Research course page for details of how each course is assessed.

Changes to this course and your supervision

The University will seek to deliver this course in accordance with the description set out in this course page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. The safety of students, staff and visitors is paramount and major changes to delivery or services may have to be made in circumstances of a pandemic (including Covid-19), epidemic or local health emergency. In addition, in certain circumstances, for example due to visa difficulties or because the health needs of students cannot be met, it may be necessary to make adjustments to course requirements for international study.

Where possible your academic supervisor will not change for the duration of your course. However, it may be necessary to assign a new academic supervisor during the course of study or before registration for reasons which might include illness, sabbatical leave, parental leave or change in employment.

For further information please see our page on changes to courses and the provisions of the student contract regarding changes to courses.

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Entry requirements for entry in 2022-23

To be considered, interested candidates must:

*You should state clearly that you wish to be considered for the Public Policy 1+1 programme in your personal statements.

Resources

There are study spaces available in the Blavatnik School building, some of which can be pre-booked.

Students also have access to the student common room, in addition to the communal facilities such as the café and the Inamori Forum. The school runs an extensive range of events and brings public policy leaders to the school to inspire and mentor students. 

The Blavatnik School does not have its own library because most reading material is made available electronically. However, students can choose to study in a number of the University’s many excellent libraries as well as at their college library. 

The Blavatnik School benefits from its own ICT team, which provides support and advice to students. Students are expected to bring their own laptop.

Funding

The University expects to be able to offer around 1,000 full or partial graduate scholarships across the collegiate University in 2022-23. You will be automatically considered for the majority of Oxford scholarships, if you fulfil the eligibility criteria and submit your graduate application by the relevant December or January deadline. Most scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and/or potential. 

For further details about searching for funding as a graduate student visit our dedicated Funding pages, which contain information about how to apply for Oxford scholarships requiring an additional application, details of external funding, loan schemes and other funding sources. Please ensure that you visit individual college websites for details of college-specific funding opportunities using the links provided on our college pages.

Further information about funding opportunities for this course can be found on the school's website.

Costs

Annual fees for entry in 2022-23

Annual Master of Public Policy (first year) fees for the 2022-23 academic year

Fee status

Annual Course fees

Home£45,890
Overseas£45,890

Further details about fee status eligibility can be found on the fee status webpage.

In the second year of the Public Policy 1+1 programme, you will be charged course fees at the relevant MSc in Public Policy Research fee rate for that year of study. For an indication of costs, the table below shows the annual MSc course fees for the 2022-23 academic year.

Annual MSc in Public Policy Research fees for study in the 2022-23 academic year

Fee status

Annual Course fees

Home£36,370
Overseas£36,370

Further details about fee status eligibility can be found on the fee status webpage.

Course fees are payable each year, for the duration of your fee liability (your fee liability is the length of time for which you are required to pay course fees). For courses lasting longer than one year, please be aware that fees will usually increase annually. For details, please see our guidance on changes to fees and charges.

Course fees cover your teaching as well as other academic services and facilities provided to support your studies. Unless specified in the additional information section below, course fees do not cover your accommodation, residential costs or other living costs. They also don’t cover any additional costs and charges that are outlined in the additional information below.

Deposits

If your application is successful, you will be asked to pay a deposit against your course fees at the application stage as a condition of your offer. The deposit amount and date by which payment must be made are shown below.

Amount of deposit

Date by which deposit must be paid

£6,895 27 May 2022

The department's website provides further information about deposits for this course.

For more information about course fees and fee liability, please see the Fees section of this website. EU applicants should refer to our detailed fee status information and the Oxford and the EU webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s exit from the EU.

Additional information

Master of Public Policy (MPP) component

There are no compulsory elements of this course that entail additional costs beyond fees and living costs. However, as part of your course requirements, there may be costs associated with the summer project, depending on the type and location of the placement, such as travel and accommodation expenses. You can find out more about the summer project on the Blavatnik School of Government website. You will need to meet any additional costs, although you may be able to apply for small grants from the school or your college to help you cover some of these expenses.

MSc in Public Policy Research component (indicative costs, based on study in the 2022-23 academic year)

There are no compulsory elements of this course that entail additional costs beyond fees and living costs. However, as part of your course requirements, you may need to choose a dissertation, a project or a thesis topic. Please note that, depending on your choice of topic and the research required to complete it, you may incur additional expenses, such as travel and vaccination expenses, conference attendance, research expenses, and field trips. You will need to meet these additional costs, although you may be able to apply for small grants from your department and/or college to help you cover some of these expenses.

Living costs

In addition to your course fees, you will need to ensure that you have adequate funds to support your living costs for the duration of your course.

For the 2022-23 academic year, the range of likely living costs for full-time study is between c. £1,215 and £1,755 for each month spent in Oxford. Full information, including a breakdown of likely living costs in Oxford for items such as food, accommodation and study costs, is available on our living costs page. When planning your finances for any future years of study in Oxford beyond 2022-23, you should allow for an estimated increase in living expenses of 3% each year.

College preference

All graduate students at Oxford belong to a department or faculty and a college or hall (except those taking non-matriculated courses). If you apply for a place on this course you will have the option to express a preference for one of the colleges listed below, or you can ask us to find a college for you. The Colleges section of this website provides information about the college system at Oxford, as well as factors you may wish to consider when deciding whether to express a college preference. Please note that ‘college’ and ‘colleges’ refers to all 45 of the University’s colleges, including those designated as Permanent Private Halls (PPHs). 

For some courses, the department or faculty may have provided some additional advice below to help you to decide. Whatever you decide, it won’t affect how the academic department assesses your application and whether they decide to make you an offer. If your department makes you an offer of a place, you’re guaranteed a place at one of our colleges. 

The following colleges accept students for study on the Public Policy 1+1 programme:

How to apply

To be considered, interested candidates must submit applications for both the Master of Public Policy (MPP) and the MSc in Public Policy Research in the same application cycle and meet the conditions shown under the entry requirements. Students admitted to the Public Policy 1+1 programme will also need to meet any conditions set to progress to the MSc in Public Policy Research.

Applying to the Master of Public Policy (MPP)

Please refer to the Master of Public Policy (MPP) course page for full details about the course, its requirements, deadline(s) and how to apply.

Applying to the MSc in Public Policy Research

Please refer to the MSc in Public Policy Research course page for full details about the course, its requirements, deadline(s) and how to apply.

Supporting documents common to both courses

Personal statement

If you would like to be considered for the Public Policy 1+1 programme you should state this clearly in your personal statement (in addition to making a separate application for both courses). You will need to upload a separate personal statement specific to each application when you apply. Details on what should be included in each personal statement can be found in the How to apply section of each course page.

Written work

If you are applying as part of the Public Policy 1+1 programme, you may use the same essay for both your Master of Public Policy MPP and MSc in Public Policy Research applications. You should check the How to apply section of each course page to ensure that the document fulfils the assessment criteria for both courses. You will need to upload the document to each application when you apply.

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