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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)


The MPhil in Public Policy provides an interdisciplinary grounding in public policy theory and practice, with courses ranging from philosophy and policy analysis through to media and politics.

Throughout the course there is an emphasis on the realities of policy making, whether that is within government or in the third sector. This practice focus is reflected in the number of invited speakers from government and international organisations, the extended case approach to teaching, as well as the work placement that students undertake which forms the basis for their final paper for the course.

Beyond the formal course there is a strong and growing policy community in Cambridge, through other masters level courses focused on government and policy, via the open lectures of Cambridge Public Policy and through the activities of the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP).  

The course is aimed at students who wish to have a leading role in government, companies or NGOs. The blend of theory and practice will help students to understand the mix of hard and soft skills they will need to be effective policy entrepreneurs and students will leave the course having broadened and strengthened their policy analysis and implementation skills. 

Course Contact

Andrew Cuthbert:

Current students can find more information about the course via Moodle. This closed network site is used to make specific course guides and other documents available to the students. Current MPhil students can log on to it using their Raven password, and will see the ‘MPhil in Public Policy’ site which hosts non copyrighted material as well as the 'Seeley Library' site which hosts copyrighted material such as electronic articles and book chapters.