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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Public Policy is no longer accepting new applications.

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal. There, you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and you can also request your references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the £70 application fee. Further information on application fees see here.
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

Preference will be given to applicants with two to five years’ work experience. Given the highly competitive nature of our admissions process, we strongly encourage candidates to have at least two years' work experience before applying; however, we consider all applications submitted.

Selection Process

Applications are considered as they are received, on a rolling basis. Decisions will continue to be made on admissions into April 2021. 

Please be aware that places on the MPhil in Public Policy are limited and that the course may fill up before the published deadline. We welcome and encourage early applications where possible. This is in your best interests, as places are limited.

For further information on how to apply visit the course page on the course website.

Further information on How To Apply

Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English  
    If required - you can check using our tool
  • Sample of work (1)
    Applicants are required to provide a 1,000-word writing sample. Applicants should choose a current policy issue as the topic for the written sample; this might be a local, national or global issue. The written piece should clearly identify the issue and its importance. Applicants should explain how the issue might be tackled from a policy-making perspective. The writing sample may be presented in the format of a policy brief or as a conventional essay. Where references are used these should be appropriately cited.
  • Statement of interest (5000 characters)
    Applicants are requested to provide a statement of interest of no more than 800 words. This should clearly indicate the reasons for applying for the MPP and how the applicant thinks the course will help to develop their career. Please include details of relevant career experience to date as this information is extremely helpful to the Admissions Panel.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.

Key Information

9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Politics and International Studies

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Application – related enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
March 2, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.

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