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 civil servants, NGO workers, politicians and their advisers all need to have a wide range of skills and knowledge to equip them to meet the constantly changing challenges of public policy and management. This includes the evolving interface between public agencies and the private and voluntary sectors.
The MSc Public Policy and Management will equip you to manage programmes and advise on policy in a variety of settings. It covers the important topics that face the public sector globally. These include budgeting and taxation, information systems, human resource management, decentralisation, privatisation, project appraisal, macroeconomic policy and the management of change. The programme includes an option to study research methods and write a dissertation based on your personal experience or on case studies in your work place.
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 in both reading and writing. For the TOEFL paper-based test, you will need a score of 600+, with at least 5.0 in the Test of Written English; and in the TOEFL internet-based test, you will need a score of 100+, with 25+ the written English test.
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
- Public Financial Management: Financial Reporting (IPSAS)
- Project Appraisal
- 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.
As a graduate of this programme, you will be well prepared for high positions in government, public service, international organisations 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.
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