Policy Making and Policy Analysis (962N1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module will introduce you to the nature and operation of the policy process in contemporary economies and train them in a systematic approach to policy analysis. You will be introduced to the major concepts and theories relevant to understanding the policy process, together with a systematic method of thinking about the formulation, adoption, implementation, and evaluation of public policies.

You will develop the skills required to define and critically analyse policy issues and problems, articulate decision-making criteria and propose and evaluate alternative policy solutions. The module will apply these ideas to specific topics in science, innovation, energy, development and security policy.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Test)
70%: Written assessment (Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 44 hours of contact time and about 106 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.