Master of Public Policy

Are you someone who has made direct contributions to your community, country or region? Are you passionate about achieving positive change? Are you ready to take the next step?

Our master’s programme will develop your understanding of public policy challenges to become a more effective leader and changemaker.

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is an intensive one-year graduate degree that offers a fully interactive and immersive approach to learning about public policy.

You will study with world-class faculty in classes and seminars, and participate in discussions and workshops with supervision from practitioners and academics, drawing lessons from disciplines as diverse as economics, philosophy, political science and law as well as from the public, private and third sectors.

You will learn how policy is made, implemented and evaluated in governments at local, regional and global levels. You will discover, share and build on successes achieved by policymakers in other countries, from the smallest to the most powerful.

You will sharpen your analytical, decision-making and implementation skills that are needed in governments across the world with the use of case methodology, a system of teaching the School has adapted for public policy using real world case studies to illustrate complex policy challenges.

Your path to delivering global change
Francisco Carrillo Magna

No other programme in the world has such an applied focus. It’s not just about learning equations or theories. It’s also about networking, discussing policy challenges, considering perspectives from the private sector, NGOs, politicians and policymakers. If you’re planning to introduce some kind of transformation in your country, this sort of training is important.

Francisco Carrillo Magna, MPP 2021
Lalita Kapur

One of the real value-adds of the School is its connection with government – all the really senior people who came to speak about how the work of government applies to what we were studying was such a great feature of the programme.

Lalita Kapur, MPP 2014
Practical application in the real world

Go beyond theory to practical application with a 6-to-8-week Summer Project, a placement at a policy-focused organisation of your choosing where you can apply everything you have learned through the year to real life challenges.

Throughout your time with us, you will interact with international leaders and public sector professionals in a variety of fields who regularly visit the School to share their experiences, engage in debates and discussions and offer coaching sessions.

Diversity is our USP

The Blavatnik School is one of only a few global schools of government in the world. This year we celebrate ten years of teaching the MPP and we remain as nimble, agile and focused as we did on our first day of teaching in 2012.

We seek students from across the globe and we welcome cohorts from over 50 different countries each year. Our alumni tell us that the diversity in our classrooms – not just nationality but also age, experiences and background – enriches our cohorts in ways that sets the School apart from others.

Watch – the Master of Public Policy at Oxford
Nina Möger Bengtsson

It’s exceeded every one of my wildest expectations to meet the MPP class – I have not encountered any other programme that draws such a diverse crowd of accomplished people.

Nina Möger Bengtsson, MPP 2021 

The friends and colleagues you make at the Blavatnik School open up the world to you. Even years later, we all are strong friends, keeping in touch, chatting about problems and visiting each other’s countries. Of the many great things about an MPP, this is the most enduring and valuable.

David Barda, MPP 2015
Impact is our mission

Our impact is felt every day across the globe as alumni make positive and lasting differences to public policy, working on innovative projects and policies spanning anti-corruption, human rights, education and climate change, from the youngest Member of Parliament in Panama’s National Assembly and the UAE’s Minister of Youth Affairs, to an Assistant Governor in the Central Bank of Malaysia and the Deputy Director General of International Relations at Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation. Our alumni include elected representatives in Brazil, Ukraine, Canada and Mongolia and senior civil servants across the world.

You too can become part of our diverse and internationally focused community. Our student body is a group of committed and high-performing people focused on how they can best serve their communities. When you join us, you join a lifelong community of peers and a growing international alumni network which will provide you with social connections, professional advice and trusted sources of advice.

It doesn’t stop there

We want to support you with your public service career, whether you are pivoting between sectors or taking stock and refreshing skills to move to the next stage in your career. We offer:

  • One to one coaching and expert guidance to discuss summer projects and careers advice
  • A programme of professional development workshops including:
    • foundations of public speaking
    • persuasive writing
    • effective CV and cover letters
  • A mentor programme through the academic year
  • Fireside chats, Dean’s Forums with special guests reflecting on their careers, and opportunities to learn about different career paths
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Studying in Oxford is within your reach

Finances should never be a barrier to studying with us.

In recent years, more than 80% of our MPP students received full or partial scholarships.

Are you a good fit for the MPP at the Blavatnik School of Government?

How many questions do you say yes to?

  • Do you have 2+ years professional experience?
  • Are you motivated to excel in a career in public service?
  • Do people seek you out for mentorship?
  • Are you someone who actively empowers others to achieve their potential?
  • Do you celebrate the success of others?
  • Do your ideas get taken forward in your work?
  • Do you know how to leverage your professional networks to achieve your professional objectives?
  • Do you have a strong academic record?
  • Are you a problem solver?
  • Are you able to take an idea and turn it into a reality in your professional life?
  • Have you created positive change?
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Learn more

Learn more about the course details, the fees, funding options and how to join our community.