Online public policy course student prepares for a day at work

Today, it is not uncommon for a public policy or public sector professional to realise they need to undertake some form of education to brush up on skills or build new ones. The next step is where things can get messy – with an array of options, not only on what to study but how, the average aspiring student has their work cut out for them.  

Here, we explore one of those many options; the one that likely suits every professional needing a résumé/CV boost in a hurry and on a budget.  

Below are five reasons why a online public policy short course learning option might be just what you need to get the skills you’re missing. 

Reason 1: Emphasis on ‘short’

Many of us don’t have a lot of time on our hands. This might be because of busy home and family lives (pets included), because our careers are highly demanding, or a combination of both and more. When we’re so pressed for time, the idea of adding something extra to the mix can seem like a horrible idea, yet you know you need those new skills to thrive 

Oxford’s range of online pblic policy short courses are the best way to keep the study time…well, short. If you can identify exactly what skills you need, you can then search for short courses on those exact skills. Short courses can range from one week to several weeks or a few months – depending on the nature of the course and the provider. They are always significantly shorter than other programme options.  

Reason 2: Affordability

Several factors make the short course option more affordable. This tends to be the case because of the focus on teaching you one very specific topic or skill. Universities or providers also spend less on a physical study space, so you’re not paying for the experience of being sat in a room at a specific location 

With Oxford’s public policy courses,  you don’t need to spend extra on study materials – it is all provided within the virtual learning environment (VLE) for you at no additional cost. 

Reason 3: Variety

Because our range of governernment and public policy courses take less time and are more affordable, you can take several that appeal to your learning needs. This mode allows you to pick and choose from a range of different topics, whether you need a specific new skill for your career, are seeking a career switch, or are just interested in acquiring new information for fun on a topic you’re interested in.  

This is very different from the long-term commitment of a master’s, where you are settled in a specific course for two to four years, depending on whether you choose to study part-time or full-time  

Reason 4: Portable learning

The beauty of an online public policy short course lies in your ability to take it with you wherever you go.  Whether you’re on your mobile, tablet, laptop or desktop, or choose to use a mix of these – you can always simply log on to learn on the go or where you’re most comfortable.  

You can also download learning material to take things offline, in case you find yourself without a Wi-Fi connection.  

Reason 5: Course taster

Is there a subject you’re interested in studying but aren’t sure you want to splurge on a full master’s degree? A short course is a stepping stone to explore before deciding to take the next step forward or decide it’s just not for you 

It’s also a good way to know how you will adjust to online learning, so if or when you decide a full public policy master’s is the next step, you will feel completely comfortable with studying with Blavatnik School of Government 

Find out more

Visit our website to find out more about the University of Oxford and Pearson’s online public policy short courses.