Master's in Public Policy
The Master's in Public Policy (MPP) is a one-year practice oriented programme that will launch at the University of Cambridge in October 2013, with applications opening in September 2012.
The course aims to strengthen the interconnections between science, research and innovation in public policy. Integral to these aims, the MPP will promote better awareness within policy circles of scientific developments and emerging technologies, which in turn will encourage long-term thinking and better strategic planning.
The MPP programme will qualify its graduates to:
- Manage multiple sources of information – learning what they can and cannot trust
- Assess issues from multidisciplinary perspectives
- Identify gaps and understand how to recognise when the picture is incomplete
- Critically evaluate information from different kinds of experts
- Appreciate the role of science and technology in government and public policy
- Integrate diverse types of thinking – for example to build consensus
- Understand the implications of complexity, risk and uncertainty for policy making
- Comprehend the value that IT and ‘big data’ hold for society
The course will draw on teaching from across the University, from the Department of Computer Science to the Department of Philosophy as well as from policy professionals from the public, private and voluntary sectors. It will be hosted by the Department of Politics and International Studies and accommodated in the new Alison Richard Building at West Road.
Further information on the course, including curriculum and details of how to apply can be found in the tabs at the top of the page, or in the MPP brochure. The course will run full time for 9 months, from October to June.
We are pleased to announce that there are 8 dedicated bursaries for this course. For further details please see here.
The development of the new Masters’ in Public Policy was made possible by generous support from The Constitution Society, an independent, non-aligned foundation which supports better government and promotes informed debate about the British Constitution.
'Governments face many problems which require a measured, rational approach based on a rigorous analysis of the facts and the options. Producing clean energy, promoting public transport, raising vaccination rates, improving education, tackling alcohol abuse, reducing welfare dependency, cutting cybercrime; the list is endless. The Cambridge MPP programme will broaden the understanding of the next generation of policy makers and strengthen their capacity to tackle these problems.’
Lord Wilson of Dinton, Former Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service