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Managing the Public Sector: Theory and International Applications

Duration: Three weeks


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Start of programme: 30 June 2014

Mode of Attendance: Full Time

The making of sound public policies and their effective implementation are pivotal in everyone’s understanding of what constitutes good government. This course offers the opportunity to review, discuss, understand, and evaluate key theme in contemporary international discourse about the policy process and the management of public programmes. Based on selected pieces of latest scholarly writings, students will learn the main theoretical approaches to the analysis of public policy and management issues and will develop a deeper understanding of the challenges that public managers face to deliver public value. In tutorials, students will develop their presentation skills and discuss public policy and management case studies drawing from a variety of countries from all over the world.


Monday 30 June - Friday 18 July 2014

Social Programme

You will also be able to enjoy our social programme, starting with a welcome party and a river cruise on the Thames. A guided tour of historical Bloomsbury where SOAS is situated will help you find your way around the campus area. You will also receive discount codes for day trips and overnight tours with our partner International Friends once you have registered for one of our courses.

Further details: www.internationalfriends.co.uk. Summer School students are also welcome to attend the wealth of activities hosted by the SOAS Students Union in the summer months.


An early bird discount of 10% is available if fees are paid by 15 April 2014.
10% discount for SOAS Alumni.
20% discount for current SOAS students.
Other discounts are available for partner institutions and groups, please email summerschool@soas.ac.uk for further information.


A tuition fee of £1250 will be charged per 3-week programme. This figure does not include accommodation fees.


A limited number of rooms will be available at International Hall which is located in the heart of Bloomsbury. You will be able to request a place once your application has been approved. The cost for 20 nights is £800, which includes breakfast every day. Please email summerschool@soas.ac.uk to reserve place.

Application fee

A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £55 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment, once you have submitted your summer school application.


Students are usually able to obtain credits from their home institution and generally our courses receive 3 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. However the summer courses remain non-accredited by SOAS. If you intend to claim credits from your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you enrol.

We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to award credits rests with your home institution.

Assessment will be optional and will vary for each course. Participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance and transcripts will be available on request.


For more information, please email summerschool@soas.ac.uk.


The course will be delivered Monday - Thursday over the 3 weeks, in a combination of lectures, tutorials and class visits.

Part I – From public policies to the strategic management of public programmes

  • Theories of the policy process
  • Policy implementation
  • The strategic management of public sector organisations
  • Managing stakeholders and policy networks

Part II – Designing, staffing, and controlling public service programmes

  • Organisational design and organisational change
  • Selection, training and retention of civil servants
  • The role of leadership
  • Performance management and management control of public sector organisations

Part III – Challenges and opportunities for the delivery of public services

  • The co-production of public services
  • Innovation and innovation management
  • E-government
  • Transparency and accountability

Assessment: is optional and will be in the form of a 2000-2500 word essay to be handed in 2 weeks after the end of the course.

How to Apply

In order to join our Summer School, you will need to meet the following entry requirements:

  • A minimum English language requirement if English is not your first language:
    • IELTS (www.ielts.org), 7 overall or higher, with at least 6.5 in all subscores.
    • iBT 105+ with 22 in all subscores or 100 overall with no less than 25 in writing and no less than 22 in any other subscores.
    • Or equivalent.

Summer School Application Form (pdf; 779kb)

Application deadline for the summer school courses is 31 May 2014.

A Student's Perspective

It is only at SOAS is where you would find your Jamaican friends enjoying listening to classic Arabic music at the student’s union, the Japanese classmates enthusiastically taking part at the African societies’ activities, and prayer rooms where students from different faiths would gather in one place in full peace.

Erum Abdullah Al-Howaish