SOAS University of London

Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS)

MSc in Public Policy & Management

duration:
2–5 years

2016 Entry requirements

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  • Overview
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  • Teaching and Learning
  • Fees and funding
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Overview

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.

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To find out more about this programme, including module details, fees and entry requirements, please visit the MSc Public Policy and Management section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.

Convenors

Structure

You will choose eight modules:
  • Public Policy & Management: Perspectives & Issues
  • Decentralisation & Local Governance
  • E-Government
  • Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
  • Financial Reporting (International Public Sector Accounting Standards – IPSAS)
  • Human Resource Management & Development
  • The International Monetary Fund & Economic Policy
  • Managing Organisational Change
  • Privatisation & Public-Private Partnerships
  • Project Appraisal
  • Project, Programme & Policy Evaluation
  • Public Financial Management: Audit & Compliance
  • Public Financial Management: Planning & Performance
  • Public Financial Management: Revenue
  • Public Policy & Management: Development Assistance
  • Public Policy & Strategy
  • Regulation of Infrastructure & Utilities
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

To find out more about this programme, including module details, please visit the MSc Public Policy and Management section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.

Disclaimer

Teaching and 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 September/October, and complete two assignments during the module study session. Assignments are submitted and feedback given online. Examinations and assignments are weighted 70:30.

For more information about studying with us, please visit the Frequently asked questions section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.

Fees and funding

Employment

As 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.
Find out more by visiting the Careers section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.  

A Student's Perspective

CeFiMS offered me a truly unique experience of top class education combined with an opportunity to achieve my full potential…

Stephen Gedion

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    By phone:
    +44 (0)20 7898 4098
    By email:
    study@soas.ac.uk
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