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Public Affairs and Lobbying MSc

Subject area: Politics and History Apply Full-time Apply Part-time
Mode of study

15-months full-time; 2.5 years part-time

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Public Affairs and Lobbying MSc


Please note the application deadline for this course is Friday 25th August 2017. Any applications after this date will be considered on an individual basis, subject to course vacancies.


We regularly host online webinars to give you the chance to find out more about our courses and what studying at Brunel is like.

For a playback of our recent MSc Public Affairs and Lobbying webinar, click here.

Postgraduate Loans: From 1 August 2016, students who live in England will be able to apply for a Postgraduate Loan in academic year 2016/17 of up to £10,000. Find out more

About the course

Public affairs, lobbying and political consultancy are attractive areas for many graduates. Careers in this field are either in dedicated departments within large companies or, more commonly, within specialist consultancy firms.

This programme will provide both academic and practical training to assist you in pursuing a career in these exciting professions.


  • Designed in conjunction with leading Public Affairs companies, the programme includes an integrated internship with a Public Affairs consultancy in either London or Brussels, which will provide graduates with significant advantages to pursue such a career.
  • The course offers a unique combination of advanced academic knowledge and practical experience that will provide graduates with the opportunity to develop a career in public affairs.


Admissions and Course Enquiries
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Tel (before application): +44 (0)1895 265599 (Course Enquiries)
Tel (after application): +44 (0)1895 265265 (Admissions Office)
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Course Director: Professor Justin Fisher

Course Content

The MSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.



  • Marketing Communications
  • International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
  • Public Policy and the Challenges of Cultural Diversity
  • Parties and Voters in the UK
  • Public Policy Analysis


  • Internship and Dissertation



  • Marketing Communications
  • International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
  • Public Policy and the Challenges of Cultural Diversity
  • Parties and Voters in the UK
  • Public Policy Analysis


  • Dissertation and Portfolio

Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.



Employability is at the heart of this programme, and students gain a real advantage through the internship component. Since the programme began, around 70-80% of graduates have gone on to pursue full-time careers in public affairs and a number have secured full-time positions with the organisations with which they undertook their internship.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

» More about Employability

Entry Criteria 2017/18

  • A UK 2.2 Honours degree in Politics or a cognate discipline. e.g. The Arts, Social Sciences, Law, Business.
  • Applicants with a 2.2 in other subject areas but with  relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis by the Admissions Tutor.
  • Other applicants that have  substantial relevant experience  will be considered on an individual basis by the Admissions Tutor.
  • Applicants will be interviewed either in person or by telephone.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English. Find out more information about English course and test options.

Teaching and Assessment


Two modes of assessment operate on this programme. Some modules are assessed by coursework and an advance notice examination, each counting for 50% of the marks. Other modules are assessed 100% by coursework.

A Master's degree is awarded if you reach the necessary standard on the taught part of the course and submit a dissertation of the required standard. The pass grade for all modules and the dissertation is 50%.

Students are normally required to pass all the required taught modules before being permitted to proceed to the dissertation. If you do not achieve the standard required, you may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate if eligible.

Special Features

  • All full-time students are required to undertake an internship of at least three months with a Public Affairs employer. This is usually arranged with help from the Department of Politics and History and takes place in London or Brussels.
  • During the course of the placement, you and your employer will liaise with a dedicated internship tutor to ensure that appropriate progress is being made. At the end of the internship, both you and your employer will submit reports.
  • Outstanding students on this programme have regularly been offered further employment with their placement organisations.

The internship is for full-time students only, as part-time students must be employed in the sector prior to commencing the course.

Fees for 2017/18 entry

UK/EU students: £9,500 full-time; £4,750 part-time

International students: £15,750 full-time; £7,875 part-time

Additional course related costs

Fee figures for 15 months.

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students.

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).