Economics for Public Policy, Certificate | Part time online | University of Oxford | United Kingdom
56 days
1740 GBP/full
1740 GBP/full
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Learn to see policy through an economic lens and become a critical consumer of economic analysis. This eight-week, CPD-certified Economics for Public Policy online course from the University of Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government will teach you how economics can be applied to public policy. 

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If you are involved in public policy, then you are likely to encounter professional economists and/or their reports. 

This Economics for Public Policy programme from University of Oxford  aims to prepare you for this interaction by introducing you to the language and concepts of economics for public policy and by encouraging you to become a critical consumer of economic analysis.

Delivered by the Blavatnik School of Government, this eight-week online short course will explore what markets can achieve, why they sometimes fail, and what governments can do in response. You will also learn how governments can raise revenue through taxation and alleviate shocks to the macro economy.

The learning outcomes include:

  • being able to explain what ‘mainstream economics’ is, identifying relevant applications and appreciating the limitations of this approach;  
  • understanding the economic rationale for government intervention in a variety of global settings and critically appraising specific policy responses; and 
  • appreciating the challenges associated with the design and finance of public policy, both in theory and practice

Upon successful completion of the course, you will understand how to apply economic theory in a policy formulation context, a practical skill that will have immediate benefits to your career. You will receive a certificate that will support your career progression and enhance your resume.

This course is also certified by the CPD UK's (Continuing Professional Development) Certification Service. Learners will be able to request their CPD certificate after successfully finishing the course, using their certificate of completion as proof of eligibility. The course has an estimated 40 hours of learning, equating to 40 CPD points. 

Note, the onus is on students to request these CPD certificates at the end of their studies. The University and partners accept no responsibility, and cannot be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points.

Programme Structure

You will study eight modules over the course of eight weeks. 

It is a collaborative learning process, so you will have ample opportunity to discuss key policy topics with your peers and a course Facilitator – a professional with a relevant background who will provide academic guidance throughout your studies.

  • Module 0: Getting started 
  • Module 1: How (micro) economists think 
  • Module 2: What markets can achieve 
  • Module 3: Why markets can fail I 
  • Module 4: Why markets can fail II 
  • Module 5: Why markets can fail III 
  • Module 6: What to tax and why 
  • Module 7: Going macro 
  • Module 8: Assessment week
The final assessment, completed in module eight, will be your main summative assignment and marked by your Facilitator. 


  • Dr Clare Leaver – Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy
  • Irem Güçeri – Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 56 days
    • 3 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines




  • Semi-structured
  • No Attendance
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This distance learning course is designed for you if you wish to enhance your understanding of how economics concepts can be applied to public policy.
  • You should consider this programme if you are either a civil servant, an experienced professional in a strategic position, or a professional working for an NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) or government organisation.
  • There are no entry requirements for this short course. However, please be aware that it is a master’s level course, so will take a certain level of commitment. Learners are expected to dedicate 3-5 hours a week to their studies, with all activities and tasks taking place online.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1740 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1740 GBP for the full programme during 56 days.
  • National

    1740 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1740 GBP for the full programme during 56 days.
  • Discounts available to alumni and those working in the public sector. Evidence required.


We believe that access to finance should never be a barrier to studying. Discounts on our online short courses are available to Oxford University alumni, those working in a public sector role and living in certain geographical regions* (evidence is required).

It is also possible to pay your fees in two instalments. The first payment will be a deposit to reserve your space on the course, and the second will settle your balance ahead of the course start date.

We also encourage employers to fund their employees on our online short courses. If your employer funds more than one employee, they can benefit from a corporate discount; the more employees they sponsor, the higher the discount they can receive.

* Eligible countries currently include Brazil, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Peru, Columbia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Jordan, Egypt and all of Africa.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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