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University of Glasgow: Public and Urban Policy

Institution University of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Social & Political Sciences View department profile
Web glasgow.ac.uk/socialpolitical
Study type Taught

Summary

This programme is designed for people interested in how policy decisions are made and how they impact on the real world. There is a focus on urban issues nationally and globally, and opportunities to study other significant public policy fields.

Glasgow is an inspiring place to study problems of public and urban policy, both as a laboratory of many profound challenges, and providing many examples of leading and innovative approaches to tackling such issues.

The programme involves expert contributions from those working in a range of policy fields and field trips to study policy initiatives on the ground.

  • An optional field trip to London will provide you with an insight into the complex socio-economic dynamics of city building and design through visits to high profile real estate, planning and regeneration projects. You will have the opportunity to both meet and speak with senior industry professionals and policy-makers involved in the delivery of major urban developments. Past trips have included visits to The Shard, Olympic Park, Crossrail, Battersea Power Station.

The programme combines a mix of core courses, with a range of options offered to allow flexibility for you to develop your own interests and specialism. It is an interdisciplinary programme, delivered by academics at the cutting edge of their fields and uses a broad range of methods (lectures, seminars, projects, discussions, workshops) to provide a rich learning experience.

Throughout the programme there is an emphasis on practical problems and acting ‘in the real world’. This is reinforced by contributions from a range of senior, experienced practitioners and policy makers from a broad range of organisations, who enhance understanding of real world problems and solutions.

It is delivered over two semesters followed by a dissertation where you can research a topic in more depth. All assessments are extended written assignments – there are no exams.

Core courses

  • EVIDENCE, EVALUATION AND POLICY
  • GOVERNANCE AND MARKETS
  • RESEARCH DESIGN OR QUALITATIVE METHODS
  • SUSTAINABLE URBAN FUTURES (10)
  • UNDERSTANDING PUBLIC POLICY

Optional courses may include

  • BIG DATA AND URBAN ANALYTICS
  • COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT AND ENGAGEMENT (COLLABORATION W/ PRINCE'S FOUNDATION FOR BUILDING COMMUNITY)
  • HOUSING, INEQUALITY AND SOCIETY
  • PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS OF GIS (10 CREDITS)
  • SUSTAINABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
  • UNDERSTANDING HEALTH POLICY
  • URBAN DESIGN POLICY AND PRACTICE

You may also be able to choose from courses in the other subjects in the School of Social & Political Sciences (subject to programme convener's approval).

Career opportunities include working within central or local government, the public or voluntary sector in a policy making or evaluation role. You would also be equipped to proceed to a PhD in a policy related subject.

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University of Glasgow
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The University of Glasgow’s School of Social & Political Sciences  links core social science disciplines to deliver high-quality teaching and cutting-edge research. We offer a wide variety of programmes for those interested in the development and impact of economies and societies globally.

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. The University has a history of changing the world and the School of Social & Political Sciences is committed to nurturing the people who make it happen.

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