The Department of Public Policy (POL) is a multidisciplinary department with a multinational faculty and a strong international orientation. With faculty members graduating from many of the world’s top universities and with a commitment to leading edge research and high quality teaching, it can lay strong claim to be the leading department in its field in the region.
In our teaching programmes we aim to produce public policy professionals who will emerge as leaders in a wide range of organisational contexts: public, private, non-governmental and voluntary sectors. The Department offers a full range of programmes from undergraduate, taught master, to doctoral levels. Our Undergraduate Majors include BSocSc in Environmental Policy (admissions suspended) and BSocSc Public Policy and Politics (previously titled as Public Policy, Management, and Politics). There are four taught master programmes, an MA China Studies, an MA Housing Studies, an MA Public Policy and Management and an MA Urban Management. Graduate research is also a core academic activity in the department. The Research Degrees Studies programme takes in students for MPhil and PhD training and offers a rigorous combination of theoretical and applied studies. Across all our teaching and research endeavours there is a central interest and commitment to understanding and analyzing policy development, policy implementation and policy impacts.
Classroom learning and desk based research is, of course, just one part of university life and we seek to enhance student learning through various opportunities to broaden personal development, cultural sensitivity and applied skills. To these ends, the Department offers an expanding range of extra-curricular activities both locally and abroad, including international exchanges, overseas study tours and internships.
Our current research strengths encompass four core areas of philosophy and theory, policy studies, political studies and public management. Our teaching and research expertise offers students at all levels a vibrant academic environment which enables them to engage creatively and critically with the key policy challenges facing the contemporary world-locally, regionally and globally.
Professor Richard M Walker
Department of Public Policy