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Develop analytical, leadership and management skills through experience in political, policy-making, and project management in local, national and global contexts.

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Why study Politics, Policy and Public Management?

Politics, Policy and Public Management will empower you to be a public leader and a changemaker who understands the significance of public service and innovation. 

The degree enables you to engage and critically reflect on key theories, ideologies and developments that shape the current political climate in the UK and overseas. The course develops your communication, research and critical thinking skills, and promotes intellectual self-confidence, encouraging you to pursue their chosen career path.

Why St Mary's?

Politics, Policy and Public Management is part of an exciting suite of politics courses - designed in consultation with leading figures from the world of politics, public communication and policy - that also includes:

Based in the global city of London, this course takes advantage of the capital's status as a national political and administrative centre, as well as being an international hub for politics, policy and communications.

Key facts

  • St Mary's University has a 95% success rate for graduates finding employment or further study within six months (HESA, 2017)
  • Designed in collaboration with leading politics, public communication and policy professionals
  • Taught by a mix of expert academics and industry professionals, offering the best possible balance of academic and practical expertise
  • Options to study abroad and undertake industry work placements
  • Taught on our historic campus in Twickenham is easily accessible from central London by public transport

Course content

Year one

  • British Politics 
  • Comparative Politics and Institutions 
  • Introduction to Public Management and Leadership 
  • Making Public Policy: Local and City Government 
  • The Politics and Political Economy of Delivery 
  • What is Politics? 

Year two

  • International Organisations 
  • Making Public Policy: Governance, Design and Delivery 
  • Public Management and Leadership 
  • St Mary’s Political Lab Project 
  • The UK and the European Union 
  • Voice, the Great Orators and Speech Writing 
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Year three

  • Cabinets, Council Leaders and Ministers 
  • Counter Radicalisation and Terror  
  • Delivering through Smart Cities, Technology and Open Data 
  • Global Social, Political, and Economic Trends 
  • Independent Study Project 
  • Work Placement 
Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins. Modules listed may either be core or optional; you may not be able to study all your first choice modules.

Career opportunities

Studying this Politics, Policy and Public Management degree will prepare you to enter (and over time reach executive positions in):

  • public service organisations inside government
  • organisations contracting with governmental bodies (including consultancies)
  • positions in multilateral organisations
  • expert advisory to professional bodies related to public service and politics

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Politics, Policy and Public Management students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

Teaching methods include lectures, individual study and seminars. We ensure that learning is tailored to support your studies. 

Particular features of this course include projects, consultancy and team-based intensive learning, as well as work-based learning and community exposure experiences. These will be enhanced by tutorials, access to mentors, the development of applied skills and guided learning through our virtual learning environment.

Assessment methods

The course assessment strategy is designed to promote the development of skills and abilities that will be useful to you in pursuing your goals after university.

In addition to completing academic essays, research reports and presentations, you will also complete assessments involving digital content. Classroom contributions, oral examinations and team presentations will also be used to assess modules.


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Fees and funding

2018/19 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £11,220

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: coming soon
  • International: £11,750

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants for 2018 and 2019 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken For further information about additional costs please contact

Further information

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