Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Studies
Duration: The programme takes a minimum of one year to complete. Each course lasts eight weeks. You are registered for a maximum of five years.
Minimum Entry Requirements: You should either have a good degree in a social sciences discipline (qualifications in other subjects will be assessed on their merits), or an equivalent qualification and suitable relevant work experience. You are required to have internet access in order to participate in this programme.
Start of programme: November / January / June
Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning
This Diploma provides an overview of the variety of approaches to public policy and management, from a historical and comparative perspective. The courses move through techniques of policy analysis and implementation to discussion of particular policy issues. The course materials cover a range of policy issues and a variety of socio-economic contexts, levels of government and regime types.
Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4050
English language requirements: You are required to have a high level of English language ability in reading, writing and study skills. Where English is a second language, applicants will be asked to provide evidence of language ability as tested by the British Council or another registered body.
You will choose four core courses.
Teaching & Learning
Teaching & Learning
The Postgraduate Diploma is made up of four courses. Each course is studied in eight-week sessions. You can only take one course at a time, but each course is typically available in at least two of the year's study sessions. This gives you the flexibility to plan how you study during the year, enabling you to fit your study in with your professional, family and personal commitments.
You will be individually assigned an online academic tutor for the duration of each course with whom you can discuss academic queries at regular intervals during the study session. You will also have a named administrator providing you with help and advice throughout your studies.
Before the start of each course you have enrolled in, you will be sent a package containing all of the course materials that you need to complete the course - the core text, textbooks, a collection of key articles, and any course related software.
To make your experience as a distance learning student more complete and rewarding, we provide access to the Online Study Centre, which is a web-accessed learning environment. Via the OSC, you can communicate with your assigned academic tutor, administrators and other students on the course using discussion forums. The OSC also provides access to the course Study Guide and assignments, as well as a selection of electronic journals available on the University of London Online Library.
For each course, you will sit a three-hour examination, held on a specified date in October, and complete two assignments during the course study session. Assignments are submitted and feedback given online. Examinations and assignments are weighted 70:30.
Graduates in Policy Studies are likely to work in government, at national and sub-national levels, both as politicians and officials, in international organisations offering help to governments, in consultancies in public sector analysis and reform, and in NGOs operating in development and service delivery fields.
A Student's Perspective
Julio Giró, Switzerland
The knowledge gained has helped me by improving both the skills and quality of my work… I understand issues that I would not have recognised prior to joining the programme…