Public policy making has become more challenging in recent years in the context of the increasing complexity of clients’ needs, growing expectations regarding appropriate service quality and diminishing public spending in many countries. The Master of Public Policy is specifically designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to meet these challenges.

We examine the socio-economic changes and political issues which influence policy making, the challenges associated with effective regulation and administration of public services and ensuring that policy decisions are evidence based. If you are interested in public policy research you can take a number of specialist modules on this issue. We also provide a number of optional streams which will enable you to examine different policy fields in depth.

UCD Public Policy Summer Series

The Real World Experience is a student-led webinar series running Friday Lunchtime throughout June, starting on June11th 2021.  The goal of this webinar series is to strengthen peer learning and professional networking within the Master of Public Policy (MPP) students. Due to Covid restrictions, learning from our peers’ experiences in public policy making and administration was hampered significantly. Our goal is to gain a realistic view of working in the field of public policy. The primary audience is MPP students, however we welcome attendance from a wider audience and the webinars are open to all with an interest in Public Policy. Please register via eventbrite at the links below

Links to register on eventbrite:

Panelists: Lexi Kilmartin (Consultant, Accenture) and MPP student; Ciarán Conlon (Director of Public Policy, Microsoft Ireland); Karen O’Keefe (Director of Policy & Public Relations, Pfizer Ireland). Moderated by Emma Dorris.

PanelistsL Jim Breslin (Sec Gen of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science); Paul Gannon, (Programme Co-Ordinator/Project Manager-Tusla) and MPP student; Una Power, (Cathaoirleach at Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council) and MPP student. Moderated by Robert Cazaciuc

Panelists: Meaghan Ní Raghlaigh (interning at One Family) and MPP student; Shirley Scott (Policy Manager at Dublin Rape Crisis Centre); Fay White (Policy and Research Intern at the Irish Foster Care Association) and MPP student.  Moderated by Natalie Mirolo