MSc in Public Policy & Management
Duration: 2–5 years
Minimum Entry Requirements: You should either have a good first degree in a social sciences discipline (qualifications in other subjects will be assessed on their merits), or a professional qualification equivalent to a first degree and suitable relevant work experience. You are required to have internet access in order to participate in this programme.
Start of programme: November / February / April / June / August
Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning
Successful managers, politicians and professionals running public organisations need to have a range of skills and knowledge and a critical awareness of the challenges facing them. These programmes offer both technical education and critical and comparative material about how the public sector and public sector finance is managed across the world.
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7898 4050
English language requirements: If your first degree was not taught in English, you will need to provide evidence of language ability as tested by the British Council or another registered body. This is equivalent to a score of 7.0 overall in the IELTS test, or 7.0 in both reading and writing.
You will choose eight courses:
- Public Policy & Management: Perspectives & Issues
- Public Financial Management: Planning & Performance
- Human Resource Management & Development
- Decentralisation & Local Governance
- Public Financial Management: Revenue
- Managing Organisational Change
- Privatisation & Public-Private Partnerships
- The International Monetary Fund & Economic Policy
- Public Policy & Strategy
- Public Policy & Management: Development Assistance
- Environment and Social Impact Assessment
- Public Financial Management: Audit & Compliance
- Financial Reporting (International Public Sector Accounting Standards – IPSAS)
- Project Appraisal
- Regulation of Infrastructure & Utilities
- Project, Programme & Policy Evaluation
- Research Methods
Teaching & Learning
Teaching & Learning
The MSc is made up of eight modules. Each module is studied in eight-week sessions. You can only take one module at a time, but each module is typically available in at least two of the year's study sessions. This gives you the flexibility to plan how you study during the year, enabling you to fit your study in with your professional, family and personal commitments.
You will be individually assigned an online academic tutor for the duration of each module with whom you can discuss academic queries at regular intervals during the study session. You will also have a named administrator providing you with help and advice throughout your studies.
Before the start of each module you have enrolled on, you will be sent a package containing all of the study materials that you need to complete the module – the core text, textbooks, a collection of key articles, and any module related software.
To make your experience as a distance learning student more complete and rewarding, we provide access to the Virtual Learning Environment, which is a web-accessed learning environment. Via the VLE, you can communicate with your assigned academic tutor, administrators and other students on the module using discussion forums. The VLE also provides access to the module Study Guide and assignments, as well as a selection of electronic journals available on the University of London Online Library.
For each module, you will sit a three-hour examination, held on a specified date in October, and complete two assignments during the module study session. Assignments are submitted and feedback given online. Examinations and assignments are weighted 70:30.
DestinationsAs a graduate of this programme you will be well prepared for senior positions in national and sub-national government sectors, international organisations, regional development and aid agencies, and NGOs.
How to Apply
The online application form allows you to submit your application directly to us for consideration. We aim to answer each application within 10 working days. Once it has been reviewed, you may be made a conditional offer. A firm offer will only be made once we have received from you the supporting documentation specified in the conditional offer. We will keep you informed of the process in writing.
For more information about our application procedure, application deadlines, and the supporting documentation required, please visit our admissions webpage.
A Student's Perspective
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