Government and public policy short courses | Oxford

Oxford online courses in public policy and government

Study from anywhere, anytime, and help create a world better served, better led and better governed. 

Eight-week short courses developed and delivered by the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University, and Pearson.

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Our government and public policy short courses

As one of the University of Oxford’s newest and most vibrant departments, the Blavatnik School of Government’s mission is to inspire and support better government and public policy around the world.

Delivered in partnership with Pearson, our online short courses aim to give you the government and public policy qualifications you need to join an elite group of change-makers who are having an impact in their sector.

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Cyber Security for Public Leadership: Planning, Policy and Strategy

Build the cyber security knowledge you need to confidently and safely lead your organisation.

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Values and Public Policy: Political Philosophy in Practice

Gain the skills to understand the key moral and ethical value concepts that should inform public policy.

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Evidence in Public Policy

On this policy development course, learn to hone the critical skills needed to design and implement policies informed by facts.

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Economics for Public Policy

Develop the skills you need to apply an economic context to policymaking and become a critical consumer of economic analysis.

Are these online short courses right for me?

Our government and public policy short courses are for you if you’re a professional looking to enhance your knowledge of policymaking or public leadershipwhether you work directly or indirectly with policy.

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Early-to-mid-career civil servant

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Experienced NGO professional

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Experienced professional in a public sector or related private organisation

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Public service representative or candidate

Courses designed for you, by us

Pearson and the University of Oxford’s partnership is founded on a mutual goal to provide excellent, yet accessible, learning opportunities to busy professionals around the globe.

Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government is a global school committed to improving the quality of government and public policymaking worldwide. The School combines the academic rigour of the top-ranked university in the world (The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2022) with an applied, real-world approach to government and public policy studies.

As the world’s leading learning company, Pearson works with higher education institutions around the world to deliver degree programmes, certificates, non-credit-bearing credentials. Our commitment to providing quality online higher education helps preserve Oxford University’s academic integrity while generating positive outcomes for our learners.

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Advantages of studying online with Oxford University

These Oxford online short courses are perfect if you’re a professional who needs to fit your studies into a busy schedule, without compromising on academic quality.

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Study from anywhere

Taught 100% online, you can benefit from the Blavatnik School of Government’s expert teaching and gain government and public policy qualifications from anywhere in the world.

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Learn from the best

You will be taught by the world’s top academics and study alongside peers who are passionate about making an impact on policy around the world.

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24-hour access to learning material

The online learning platform is easy to use, easy to navigate and accessible via your computer, tablet or mobile phone, 24 hours a day.

Government and public policy blogs

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How our academics pivoted their public policy research to fight COVID-19

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Meet the public policy experts behind our online courses

Our short and online government and public policy courses offer you the chance to hone your skills in areas such [...]