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    After finishing my Undergraduate degree in Politics, my plan is to get a MA in Public Policy. It's something that I really want to do, as well as something that fits my skills and interests. In short, for all intents and purposes, it's the closest I can imagine to having a dream career.

    However, my question is the following - what kind of career prospects can I expect with this degree? Is it going to reasonably lead to a promising career with loads of opportunities for specialization and advancement, or is it going to be nothing of the sort?

    Any sort of advice or idea would be greatly appreciated!
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    The MPP alone will not lead to a career. MPP is a professional master's and the value is seen in the context of your professional experience. MPP is subdivided into core disciplines where some graduates end up: policy analysis (cost benefit analysis, social sustainability impact,universal credit introduction on low income poverty) and public management (measurement of policy effectiveness, financial analysis & accounting, change management in public sector). You learn theory such as governance, policy analysis (including quant methods), practical modules such as project management, drafting proposals, negotiation etc. Some MPPs have specific concentrations and you need to find the right fit for your goals.

    The main destinations for MPP grads: See employment report from career office, ask the programme manager. Public sector as researcher (local and national), NHS, NGO entry as project assistant or lowly intern, some join private outsourcing firms with government business.

    Reading btw the lines, you are interested in a PP job without clear goals in terms of academic interests, job functions and target organisations. I would strongly suggest to take a year off and work, intern or volunteer. You will get insights how PP works in action and make some contacts. You will also save some £, better relate PP theory to practice and enhance your CV when you apply for MPP. Adcoms def look favourably on work experience. Prior work exp is a win win.

    Good luck
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    (Original post by Tcannon)
    The MPP alone will not lead to a career. MPP is a professional master's and the value is seen in the context of your professional experience. MPP is subdivided into core disciplines where some graduates end up: policy analysis (cost benefit analysis, social sustainability impact,universal credit introduction on low income poverty) and public management (measurement of policy effectiveness, financial analysis & accounting, change management in public sector). You learn theory such as governance, policy analysis (including quant methods), practical modules such as project management, drafting proposals, negotiation etc. Some MPPs have specific concentrations and you need to find the right fit for your goals.

    The main destinations for MPP grads: See employment report from career office, ask the programme manager. Public sector as researcher (local and national), NHS, NGO entry as project assistant or lowly intern, some join private outsourcing firms with government business.

    Reading btw the lines, you are interested in a PP job without clear goals in terms of academic interests, job functions and target organisations. I would strongly suggest to take a year off and work, intern or volunteer. You will get insights how PP works in action and make some contacts. You will also save some £, better relate PP theory to practice and enhance your CV when you apply for MPP. Adcoms def look favourably on work experience. Prior work exp is a win win.

    Good luck
    Thank you for your reply.

    Most, if not all Masters of Public Policy programs that I have looked at don't require any professional context behind them. Furthermore, I see a lot of advertised entry-level jobs as needing an MA, or stating that an MA is beneficial. Especially more so if I look at the kinds of jobs I really want to have. I don't see the point of postponing going into an MA if I know exactly which field I want to study. Selecting a specialization shall come during an MA. I can volunteer and intern while doing a Masters, not before it. Especially not so as funding for EU students may not be guaranteed in the future.

    What I want to know is how are these degrees valued after you already acquire them. I can get into public policy with a BA in Politics, but I want to do an MA in order to further my education and specialise in the field I'm passionate about. However, I'm curious to see how people who have an MA in Public Policy look back on it, and where have they found work so far. Finally, I'm interested to see if it's a worthwhile, promising degree and career to have in the first place.
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    S what are your academic interests and professional goals? How will a MPP fit in?

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    Thank you for your reply.

    Most, if not all Masters of Public Policy programs that I have looked at don't require any professional context behind them. Furthermore, I see a lot of advertised entry-level jobs as needing an MA, or stating that an MA is beneficial. Especially more so if I look at the kinds of jobs I really want to have. I don't see the point of postponing going into an MA if I know exactly which field I want to study. Selecting a specialization shall come during an MA. I can volunteer and intern while doing a Masters, not before it. Especially not so as funding for EU students may not be guaranteed in the future.

    What I want to know is how are these degrees valued after you already acquire them. I can get into public policy with a BA in Politics, but I want to do an MA in order to further my education and specialise in the field I'm passionate about. However, I'm curious to see how people who have an MA in Public Policy look back on it, and where have they found work so far. Finally, I'm interested to see if it's a worthwhile, promising degree and career to have in the first place.
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    (Original post by Tcannon)
    S what are your academic interests and professional goals? How will a MPP fit in?
    My professional goal is to ultimately obtain a position as a senior policy consultant and work my way from there. As you've mentioned, there is still the question of whether to specialize in policy analysis or public management, even if I'm learning towards the former. As far as my academic interests are concerned, they chiefly include EU integration policies and related branches.
 
 
 

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