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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)

My graduate experience at Cambridge in the MPP comes in between a transition from medical school to residency training in Canada. I made the decision to study an MPP during my clinical experience when I realised that my most meaningful contribution to patients and populations would be through developing and implementing healthy public policy rather than through procedures or pharmaceuticals; I already had a background in health policy and economics but realised that becoming a competent physician meant not only having ideas but having advanced policy capacities, too.

The decision to come to Cambridge was an easy one given that I wanted to study somewhere with equal strengths in public health, medicine, and economics. Within the classroom, at POLIS, and on campus I’ve found the right mix of experiences to develop new thoughts and skills to bring back to my professional practice. The one-year duration of the program has also been important. For a professional like me, leaving your training for any amount of time is challenging. Being able to complete the degree in one year has allowed me to adapt this training into my professional life.

An essential part of the Cambridge MPP is work experience with some involvement in the policy process. My work placement has been with the UK’s National Audit Office (NAO) in evaluating the evidence base for the outcomes and best practices of integration of health and social care systems. Integration was a central pillar of health platforms in the 2015 general election and, in this sense, my work experience was rooted in practicality from the onset. Applicability has also helped shape the richness of the academic experience: the UK general election over the past few months has provided examples within our lectures, seminars, extracurriculars, and informal meetings for our class to analyse and better understand the dynamics of public policy.

Jesse Kancir (March 2015)

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, 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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