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Public Policy is no longer accepting new applications.

The Cambridge MPP program dips into economics, politics, policy, and statistics, enough range to give students an understanding of the broad set of challenges facing governments and organizations today. It’s a short, but intense course that requires participants to put their best foot forward at all times. I began the program not having the vocabulary or framework for analyzing pressing public policy problems, but as I complete my work placement with UN Women UK, I can confidently say that I feel better versed in policy analysis. The professors are busy experts in the field, but students have the freedom to discuss with them and say, "this is what I am thinking, how I want to go about accomplishing this, do you think this is the best course of action?" and they are always incredibly helpful. If I had to do it all again, I would choose the Cambridge MPP a second time.

Ugonma Nwankwo (April 2019)

Deciding to pursue an MPhil in Public Policy at University of Cambridge was a leap for me, and a decision I am glad I made. The MPP cohort is extremely diverse and international consisting of people from different professional backgrounds, and countries with varied years of work experience. This provides the opportunity to discover and understand various policy areas and practices across the world. Having the liberty to choose specific areas of interest to explore practically with the work placement between Lent and Easter term, and the independent research paper which runs throughout the course, are two components I love. Although the course is intense, the course structure, teaching methods and teaching staff, the MPP forum, courses undertaken, and the guest lecturers are surely worth it! With members of staff who are helpful throughout the process and supervisions fortnightly, you would hardly be lost in the process. Being part of the MPP 2018 cohort has been an amazing experience!

Onyinye Okakwu (April 2019)

Becoming part of the Cambridge MPP has had a huge impact on my personal and professional aspirations. The wealth of inspiring ideas, researchers and debates it gives you access too are unrivalled and the intimate classes allow you to challenge each other with rigour and openness. The MPP has opened my eyes to the world of policy, and how I could best make a contribution to the field. While working on my placement for UN Women in New York, I realised that I was able to tie in my personal passions around gender equality, with a career in this area, leading me to take up a role as Development Director at UN Women UK. Especially when changing career from the private sector, as I did, the insights and networks that the programme offers, are invaluable when making your future career choices - for those who are passionate about policy, and creating social change at the highest level, I cannot recommend the course highly enough!

Simon Gallow (June 2018)

Key Information

9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Politics and International Studies

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
March 2, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 6, 2022
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.

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