The Government, Policy and Society Programme is specifically designed for students interested in the content of public policy, the process by which policy is made, and its impact on society. If you are fascinated by how politicians and civil servants make decisions; how they are constrained by resource constraints, developments in the global economy, market forces and existing institutions; how crucial areas of social policy, such as health, education, inequality, welfare and employment are shape; the relationship between government and society; and the ways in which various non-governmental actors try to influence policy, then this is the programme for you. GPS allows students to engage with core debates that divide political opinion on how to develop societies positively. GPS is committed both to interdisciplinary learning and to understanding the interactions of multiple levels of government in the policy process. Students will be enabled to do so by engaging with core concepts from diverse social science disciplines such as political science, social policy, sociology, economics, and public administration and then be able to specialise in specific policy areas of their interest. And our expertise covers Scotland, the UK, the European Union, and the international as well as the linkages between these levels of government. Learning
about the workings of government and the development of policy in the capital of a powerful sub-state is a highly enriching experience. The University is on the doorstep of one of the most powerful sub-national governments and parliaments in the world and is deeply embedded in a very open and vibrant public policy community. Our varied forms of assessment, our emphasis on developing critical thinking skills, and our commitment to rigorous methodological training will ensure that GPS graduates are well equipped to enter the world of government, third-sector organisations or business, whether national or international, with the tools necessary to succeed.