Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Studies
Duration: 2-5 years
Start of programme: November / February / April / June / August
Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning
This Diploma provides an overview of the variety of approaches to public policy and management, from a historical and comparative perspective. The courses move through techniques of policy analysis and implementation to discussion of particular policy issues. The course materials cover a range of policy issues and a variety of socio-economic contexts, levels of government and regime types.
Find out more
To find out more about this programme, including module details, fees and entry requirements, please visit the PG Diploma Policy Studies section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.
You will choose four core modules selected from the list below:
- Decentralisation & Local Governance
- The International Monetary Fund & Economic Policy
- Privatisation & Public-Private Partnerships
- Public Policy & Management: Perspectives & Issues
- Public Policy & Strategy
To find out more about this programme, including module details, please visit the PG Diploma Policy Studies section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.
Teaching & Learning
Teaching & Learning
The Postgraduate Diploma is made up of four 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 in, 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 section website.
Graduates in Policy Studies are likely to work in government, at national and sub-national levels, both as politicians and officials, in international organisations offering help to governments, in consultancies in public sector analysis and reform, and in NGOs operating in development and service delivery fields.
Find out more by visiting the Careers section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.
A Student's Perspective
There were several reasons for selecting SOAS; the great reputation of the University of London academic programmes; the flexibility of the learning approach; and the global focus of the case studies used in each module.