The MPP learning outcomes

The MPP helps you develop analytical, emotional and moral intelligence relevant for understanding and addressing the challenges of public policy. It also equips you with skills that are essential for developing and delivering effective policy solutions.

The five key skills

The five key skills of the MPP are the degree’s key learning outcomes. You will learn, practise and develop these skills, both implicitly and explicitly, during the course of the academic year; in lecture theatres, seminar classes, group working rooms and in informal settings. 

At the end of the programme, we expect you will be able to:

1. Work well with others

  • Respect the diverse range of perspectives of those you encounter and with whom you work, and recognise why their perspectives might differ from your own.
  • Work constructively in groups and organisations, demonstrating excellent listening and motivating skills.
  • Recognise and make use of people’s different and complementary strengths.
  • Develop mutually supportive networks, including a strong peer group.

2. Find and use evidence more effectively

  • Quickly find and absorb information.
  • Judge the validity and potential biases of evidence.
  • Recognise the implicit assumptions which affect how we interpret evidence. 

3. Be a sharp analyst

  • Be aware of how assumptions shape analysis.
  • Understand how people from different disciplines think, leaving you better equipped to make subtle and nuanced judgements.
  • Understand and take into account values in order to develop principled reasons for action. 

4. Have outstanding decision-making and communications skills

  • Formulate decisions in ambiguous circumstances that involve complex moral and economic trades-offs.
  • Communicate and negotiate these decisions with diverse stakeholders, taking into account their respective sensitivities

5. Be adaptable and recognise the benefits of change

  • View uncertainty as an opportunity, and approach it with creativity and innovation.